I did this manicure with polishes I purchased.
I guess I could have done this as a picture tutorial... But I didn't. And I did it yesterday so the photos show tiny chipping on a few nails.
Goodness, was this more of a process than it needed to be. Started with spilling acetone in my coffee. And then using the wrong color for the base and needing to remove it and then smudging it immediately and needing to reapply the base. And then dripping polish on my shirt.
What on earth?! So... It took hours from start to finish. But, I persevered.
Finger Paints (a hot pink color I forget the name of but will hopefully remember to look)
OPI - Casino Royale
OPI - Road House Blues
Sinful Colors - Pinky Glitter
The correct method I used (correct for my standards), was:
Two coats hot pink FP. Let it dry.
Soak a makeup wedge in water and squeeze it out. Helps keep it from absorbing all the polish.
Brush three lines of polish onto a plastic cottage cheese lid (it's what I had on the counter anyway)- hot pink, dark pink, dark purple. Sponge it up with the wedge, and press firmly against the nail a few times. Repeat as necessary.
When that was dry, I used the smallest amount of the glitter I could get on the ring nail, because its a hot pink and using a lot was screwing with the visual of the gradient and I only wanted slight sparkle.
Two coats if Sally Hansen Insta-Dry top coat sealed it off.
The last photo was post sponging before any clean-up. Haha.