Sheer black polka dot nails with flowers and glitter
The two polka dotted nails have a sheer grey base using two coats of Gelish Clean Slate (coming out next month), and then I used a dotting tool and some black gel polish to draw the border around each nail. After curing the border, I added the dots while flash curing periodically to keep the dots from running together. I have a new favorite black… Black Cat by DIY Hard Nails. I only applied one coat of black to each nail so you can see how opaque it is. After curing my outlines and dots, I applied a layer of TIO and cured… then I lightly buffed the top coat and applied a second layer of TIO. This helps minimize the bumpy look of dotted gel manicures. Next, I drew on the flowers using some of my Mundo de Unas stamping polishes, and then I applied one final layer of TIO after the polish dried completely.
My index finger has three coats of TruGel Freaky Fete. The thumb and pinky both have three coats of TruGel Magic and Mischief and then I added a glitter gradient into the tacky layer of the polish before top coating. Watch this video to learn how to do a glitter gradient with loose glitter. I used purple holographic ultrafine glitter from AFC.