The idea for this manicure started from one of the new Moyra plates, namely 20 Orientalist. I fell in love with this Chinese alphabet image and wanted to use it in a manicure. I thought about the traditional Chinese colors, red and gold, but I'm not such a fan of gold so I didn't want to use too much on my nails. I then thought about doing a red and black gradient with gold stamping on top. A last minute whim made me change the stamping color to black and I'm really happy I did that. I love the way the black stamping fades into the black at the top half of the nail. It's almost like a gradient stamping.
Unfortunately, these nails didn't wear well at all. The acrylic paint cracks easily and the top coat doesn't help much. I had to remove them after two days because they looked awful. I will probably avoid using acrylics for gradients in the future and I will stick with polish, even though it's harder to clean up. I really hope you like this as much as I did! Have a great weekend!