31DC2015 Day 17: Glitter

Painted Fingertips | Glitter gradient for day 17 of the #31DC2014

Hi everyone!

Today’s theme in the 31 Day Challenge is glitter, and I’ve gone all out! I did full-on glitter placement and it’s super sparkly!

Painted Fingertips | Golden glitter placementI’ve been meaning to do glitter placement again ever since the mermaid glitter placement nails I did in January. My original plan with these was to do a gradient of sorts with different shades of iridescent glitter. I started with a base of Tip Top Turbulence topped with Essence Party Princess. I thought Party Princess would make the iridescent glitter even more sparkly… when I started to place the glitter though, I realised the base I’d chosen was too dark and overpowered the colours of the iridescent glitter. I quickly switched plans and decided to use an opaque glitter instead.

Painted Fingertips | Golden glitter placementGlitter placement like this does take quite a while and by the time I’m on the last nail or two, I’m over it, but the result is so gorgeously sparkly. Painted Fingertips | Golden glitter placementThese nails looked so much more blingy and sparkly in real life – taking pictures in my light box really toned them down. I decided to take some pictures with different lighting to try to show you show sparkly they were:

Painted Fingertips | Golden glitter placementThis one I took with my camera flash. It did show the sparkliness but it also messed with the colours! It made the gold glitter appear much more bronze – the colour was more like in the light box photos but with this sparkle! Painted Fingertips | Golden glitter placementThe next morning I managed to get a natural sunlight picture. This was the closest to what they looked like in real life!

In previous years, I did a pretty glitter gradient and… a second glitter gradient! Glitter gradients are really pretty and are always winners but I’m going to have to pick today’s nails! What do you think?

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  • Annette H

    Holy dooly that must have taken you ages!!! You really must love sticking things on your nails! I’ll bet that looked incredible in real life though! This year is the hands down winner. Love them!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! It was so sparkly!

  • http://andicolouryourlife.blogspot.ro/ Manases Andrea

    You must be crazy patient to make such a mani! But all the effort and hard work worth it, this mani looks fabulous. I need my sunglasses from all that shine and sparkle! Great one!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! Yes I think I blinded everyone around me 🙂

  • Nichole C

    Oh my goodness!

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  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Oh my! Glittery goodness and beautifully done!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • http://www.polishthosenails.com Polish Those Nails


    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! So worth it!

  • Polkadotbird

    Wow, so sparkly! Great glitter placement!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Naked Without Polish

    WOW! You have way more patience than I have. This is lovely! I’ve always wanted to try this.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Haha, thank you! You should try it! I started getting pretty frustrated after about 3 nails were done but it’s worth it 🙂

  • http://www.lightyournails.com/ Simona @LightYourNails!

    Oh wow! Your nails look like those stroboscopic lights that you found in 70’s or 80’s discos!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Haha, totally! 🙂

  • http://www.lovevarnish.com/ Deborah – Love Varnish

    Aaaah, so cool you did a full glitter placement!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks 🙂

  • http://thepolishedhippy.blogspot.com/ Polished Hippy

    This looks like so much work but the results are gorgeous!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Totally worth it 🙂

  • Amanda LovesPolish

    These are fabulous! Not sure that I’d have the patience to do something like this.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Amanda LovesPolish

    Love this! I wouldn’t have the patience to do it. I’ll just admire yours!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you 😀

  • http://www.frompolishwithlove.blogspot.com/ Dani FromPolishwithLove

    This is so beautiful Kerry!!! I’ve never done glitter placement because the timeframe intimidates me but the result looks so worth it!! I love the base you chose, it really makes those gold glequins pop!!