Emerald gradient with peacock feather accent

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Today’s manicure was inspired by Nail It! magazines emerald theme. I knew what colors I wanted to use before I knew what exactly I wanted to do. I was brainstorming, while looking at the Milani polish that I used as my base, and decided I wanted to try and do a peacock feather.
For this feather I used  caviar pearls and a black nail striper. I put down a layer of clear polish and while it was still wet I used a wax pencil to place the pearls. After they were in place I put a layer of clear polish over top to make them stay put. I went back in with my nail striper and made the feathery parts around the pearls and put a layer of Seche Vite over the top to seal it in.
For the gradient I used three different polishes and a makeup sponge.

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I used Milani- Emerald Enchantment, China Glaze- Running in circles, and Sally Hansen- Golden-I. I put down two coats of Emerald Enchantment and then I used the sponge to layer Running in Circles and Golden-I over top. I used an old candle lid from a bath and body works to pour the polish onto and then I used the sponge to pick up the polish and dab over my nail. I just pick up a little at a time on the sponge and layer the colors until I’m satisfied with how it looks. Then I topped it off with a layer of fast drying top coat- Seche Vite.
Overall this mani was very simple. The pearls were a bit tedious though. If you’re wanting to try this look yourself you can purchase the pearls like I showed above and a wax pencil from Amazon for super cheap.
Let me know what you think of this look in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
xoxo Rachel.

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