18 Carat Gold

A little bit of sparkle to finish off a long, long week

18 Carat Gold - Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

18 Carat Gold – Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

This is my first composite gel-mix manicure; ration is one part gel polish, one part AB Silver/Mirror Glitter and one part Gold Glitter. Base coat, cure. Then apply 2 layers of gold base colour (cure, then apply the composite (cure); for a contrast to see how the composite would reaction I have also done a dark navy nail. Now for the tricky part; depending on your rations of dry products, a blot and spread motion is best for apply an even layer.

18 Carat Gold - Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

18 Carat Gold – Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

Careful to keep your layers even, but not too thick or your cure will be terrible (like a gooey sticky gold mess!). Next step is really important – otherwise you’ll have bumpy nails, file down any really pointy bits and remove dust/reside coating with alcohol solution and a lint free swab. Apply a clear/translucent glitter layer, to fill in the ridges created by the dry mix (cure). Apply top coat (cure).

18 Carat Gold - Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

18 Carat Gold – Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

Little disappointed that you really can’t see the amount of refractions these bad boys put out – you can kind if see the glitter flashes between my fingers in some shots. Seriously. Glittered. The AB mirror glitter adds a lot more dimension then the solid gold glitter would be able to achieve. Loves it.

18 Carat Gold - Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

18 Carat Gold – Fabulous Von Raptor Manicure (natural light no flash)

You’d be able to replicate this with any composite, and swap the colour way around – limitless options. I’d love to try some unexpected colour blends, black base with a bright purple and teal glitter.

Seriously happy with this look and it looks super Diva, which is what’s important.

- Fabulous -

– Fabulous –

Fabulous, x

So what you think, Darling?

Share your experiences with mixing media, any hilarious lessons learn (example: black spray paint is seriously heavy duty, will blacken your lawn and then kill the grass… apparently.) touchy-touchy…

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