Here's the mani:
And here's how I did it!
Step 1: Paint the entire nail yellow! YAY! I used Pineapple Fizz by Revlon, it's sheer so I used a couple of coats, has glass flecks and smells of pineapple when dry. I actually can't think of anything better.
Step 2: Get a sponge (I used a cheap makeup sponge, any will do. You only need a little bit. Some people even use eye shadow applicators! But I don't have any of those..) and dab on an orange polish (I used Revlon Orange Fizz) to the end of the nail stopping about 2/3 of the way down and dabbing to create a seamless, melty-coloured join.
Step 3: Once that's dry get your sponge again and dab a red polish (I used Revlon Watermelon Fizz.. are you sensing a pattern here?) onto the very tip of the nail stopping 1/3 of the way down and blending with the orange to a seamless finish.
Step 4: Add more red right at the tips if you feel it needs it
You should have something that looks like this:
Step 4: I felt that for Diablo this needed a bit more red so I dabbed a bit more on the tip and around the edges of the nail bringing it down further to look like this:
(Sorry this pic is a bit rubbish, had to use the flash because my light makes everything look yellow)
Step 5: This last thing to do was to add black crackle! (I used Barry M) This make it look like crusting lava and was reminiscent of the games cover which is mostly black with yellow, orange and red peeking through! It makes me think of fire and brimstone!
Here's one more look at the finished manicure!
I'm pleased with this design, I think it captures diablo 3 as well as being wearable! I had a fair few comments on them too! The gradient really works well under the crackle and brings new life to this well-used look! I think that crackle is a fun and easy way to jazz up any nail look. It takes hardly any time, is very easy and looks really effective! It did feel a bit like cheating as I'm used to freehand but it was a nice break and gave me the effect I wanted =) In case you were wondering, I picked up two of the Revlon polishes at boots using a couple of £3 off Revlon vouchers that I printed from the advantage card machine (I love those things!) I got the last polish in the 3 for 2 at Superdrug along with Grape Fizz (a purple) and a GOSH lipstick in Exotic =) The polishes are usually £6.49 each!
I hope you liked this mani and that you have a go at putting crackle over a gradient to give it a new lease of life!