tools and supplies:
- makeup sponge (I use the wedges from Target)
- tweezers (optional)
- a polish that could use a little help
- top coat
- your standard cleanup stuffs
So what kinds of polishes do you sponge? More on that later, but here I'm using American Apparel Smoke Dazzle. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful....
...but this application was slightly streaky and bubbled a bit. Yuck. Perfect for the magic of sponging!
I take a wedge sponge and cut a small square or rectangular piece about the width of the polish brush. ...like so...
You can hold the sponge with tweezers if you'd like, or just cut it long enough that the part that you're holding won't get full of polish. That can ruin the polish on the fingers holding it.
I paint the polish directly onto the sponge...
|not an easy photo to take alone w/o a tripod|
Dab and dab and dab and dab some more until the whole surface is dabbed, then dab the rest of your nails.
Did you dab? I dab! You should dab! Stop saying dab!
...sorry...geeked a bit for a second there. Dab. Ok...it's out of my system.
Once you've...d-....applied your polish with the sponge, let it dry and then use top coat or add quick dry top coat immediately. Alone it will be dry to the touch fairly quickly, because of all the small surfaces exposed to the air. I usually do a layer of quick dry top coat and a second if needed. The can be some lumpiness, so I've occasionally added a layer of Gelous for extra smoothing. With top coat on, it's smooth and shiny again...
You do lose some of the chrome-ness, but I think it's a fair switch. When I dabbed Smoke Dazzle, it brought out an extra color shift that I hadn't seen before. You can see it here. Not just a pale aqua and rose, there's also a bit of coppery yellow-orange shift. As much as I like Smoke Dazzle painted on, I love it sponged!
...and that's been the case most of the time that I've da-...sponged.
So what to sponge? I sponge both to 'fix' streaky polishes and to bring out shimmer that doesn't show as much as I'd like. It doesn't work every single time, but if you're already not loving how it went on...give it a...DAB!!
Sinful Colors Gone Platinum is another chrome that streaked no matter how careful I was.
Chromes do this...and I love them, but...meh. Streaks. Sponge to the rescue!
Yesterday's post was a great example of shimmer boosting....my next will be too!