2011 has been a year of experimentation when it comes to manicures. And I love em all. Crackle, magnetic, marble….you name it, I like it.
Sheer boredom and obsession with glitter made me play around with two colors I already had the other day, and voila!
I used Sephora Brand’s Double Platinum for the first layer and Urban Outfitters’ Dust for the sparkle. Here’s how:
- Paint one (or two) coats of a sheer silver color. (You can really do this with any color your choose.)
- Paint a thing layer of Dust on each nail, (carefully!) only letting the little baby glitter specks get on your nail and the big glitter pieces at the tip. [Disclaimer: NOT an easy task. But like I said, bored? Try it.]
- Scoop Dust with your brush (and attempt to scoop as many big glitter pieces as possible) and then line the edges. Do as many layers as you so choose, but let each coat dry thoroughly before you do (because otherwise you’ll move the glitter).
Feel free to go wild and be messy with it. The messier, the better. It’ll look like falling, glittery snowflakes. And that’s appropriate and a win.
In the lovely months of summer, we lose a lot of things. We lose inhibitions, distaste for pop music and layers upon layers of clothing. And so with less clothing to work with, we need to accessorize and embellish on something we will always have (no matter the season): our nails. Here’s some idea to change up the mani-pedi routine for your week. (Yes, I know pink is great. So are all the neons that American Apparel may sell. But let’s switch it up here!)
Try a bright yellow to start off the week and combat the Monday blues (ha, no pun intended). Try Chanel’s Mimosa $25
Rock a light sea foam white - it matches with virtually every summer color/outfit! Try Essie’s Absolutely Shore, $8
Don’t crack under the pressures of the week! Celebrate humpday by allowing your nails to be the only thing shattered. Try OPI’s Black Shatter polish, $5.55
Get amped up for the impending weekend with an acid orange color (it also looks great with a tan)! Try Givenchy’s Vernis Please! in Acid Orange, $16.50
You’re covering your ears while everyone in the office is belting out the nagging Rebecca Black tune, but hey you’re feeling good and your nails are looking fab for tonight! Try NARS’ Desperado, $17
Everyone wants a Saturday that’s not for the faint of heart. Everyone always wants to be as memorable as possible. This deep blue-green shade (with a gold tint) will ensure you just that. Butter London’s Thames, $14
Time to relax and lounge a bit. Pick a color that reflects that brunch-y bookstore-browsing type of Sunday gal you are. And if you’re not, ballet pink still works if you have to work the early shift at the tattoo parlor or go kayaking with the boys. It just makes you even more multi-faceted :) Try Orly’s Lift The Veil, $7.50
* Honorable mentions (for next week!):
Butter London’s Full Monty