I have been doing so much swatching lately that I had forgotten how much I love to lose myself in the creativity of nail art. This manicure was time consuming and involved a lot of steps, but it was worth the effort!
The first step was to paint all of my nails with one generous coat of Zoya Kristen. This step provided a good base for the next step, which was sponging. Once Kristen had dried completely I used small pieces of makeup sponge to create a gradient on each nail with Zoya Carly and Zoya Zuza.
The result of the sponging was quite beautiful, but I resisted the urge to stop there and continued on to step three...
After the sponging gradient had completely dried I used striping tape to create patterns on my thumb, index, middle, and pinky nails. While I did do a gradient on my ring finger I ended up painting over it with Zoya Trixie and finishing it with a top coat of Purple Stuff from I <3 Nail Polish.
Speaking of wonky - something went a bit wonky on my thumb, but I think it still worked out quite well.
Like I said before this manicure required a lot of time, but I did get a lot of joy out of it so the reward was well wroth the work.