Elmer's Glue Shield for Gradient Manis! 1. Apply base coat and base color. 2. Apply thick layer of Elmer's glue very closely around cuticle with thin paint brush. Wait to dry completely. 3. On damp sponge, paint ombre/gradient design. 4. Dab polished sponge onto base colored nail. 5. Repeat until satisfied with effect and proceed to next step before polish dries. 6. Carefully peel glue off with tweezers to reveal mess-free cuticles! 7. Apply optional top coat.