To do these I did a base of KBShimmer How You Dune? and then did a fan brush gradient with (from bottom to top):
China Glaze Peachy Keen
Pretty Serious Dangerous Curves Ahead
China Glaze Tart-y For The Party
China Glaze Fade Into Hue
Essence Sunset Paradise
I've done fan brush manis before but usually by dipping the brush in polish then applying it. For this one I blobbed the polish onto the base and then just brushed it back and forth...way faster!
Then I used black acrylic paint to add the cranes and silhouettes. They didn't come out perfect but good enough that they were recognizable to my dad so that was enough for me. My right hand was even messier but at least they sort of matched.
Just for fun, here's a photo of me, my mom, my sister and my very tired niece (it was almost midnight) taken at the show. If you look really close, you can see that my nails. You can see 3 of the 4 lit up cranes in the background. I also found the coolest pic on cranes on Instagram here to get more of idea of what it was like there.
'Til next time...