April 21, 2013

BEAUTY: Ombre Glitter Nails


I have a small collection stable of nail polish, but I'm pretty picky when it comes to my glitter polishes. I don't buy too many, and I try to get versatile or special shades when I do. I picked up a few China Glaze polishes at Sally's recently (BOGO FREE!) and finally indulged in their Fairy Dust glitter, which I'd seen swatched on nail blogs several times and had been on my ongoing mental shopping list. I wanted to try it right away, and was inspired by the great galaxy manicures I've seen around, so I created this ombre purple look with a glitter overlay, which reminds me of deep space skies. Here's how you can get the look:

WHAT I USED
Wet n Wild On a Trip  //  China Glaze VIII  //  China Glaze Fairy Dust  
Seche Vite Top Coat  //  Cosmetic Wedge  //  Tweezers  //  Scissors

HOW TO DO IT
Paint a base coat of the light purple polish (1-2 coats) and let it dry.
Cut up the cosmetic wedge into smaller pieces.
Holding a piece in the tweezers, paint the wedge with the darker purple polish.
Lightly stamp your nail with the wedge to deposit color, going about halfway up the nail.
Add more color at the tips (this area should be the darkest) and repeat on all nails.
When fully dry, paint 2 layers of the glitter polish and top with Seche Vite when finished.
This glitter is some of the best I've ever had! It's hard to capture on camera, but it is super packed with fine holographic sparkles, which create an amazing all over shimmer on your nails. This would go well over any polish and also looks nice on its own when you use 2-3 layers. I love this stuff!




xoxo,
Michelle

16 comments:

  1. I am bad at nails so this looks super-impressive.

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    1. Haha, thank you! It gets easier with practice. You can always take it off and start over!
      xo

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  2. Ahh what an incredible tutorial! These look wonderful, thank you so much for sharing! :D

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  3. I love your nails! I'd love to try something like this, they look amazing xx

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    1. Thanks! You should totally give it a try - it's super fun!
      xo

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  4. Hi Michelle! I found your blog via your post on MBB! I was excited to see you are a New England blogger(Me too!). I love this mani! I have been dying to try a glitter gradient but I get nervous trying new mani techniques lol...
    I have that Wet n Wild megalast color, love it!!
    Thanks!
    xo Amber

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    1. Hi Amber! Thanks for visiting from MBB! Always nice to see a fellow New Englander around. The great thing about a mani like this is that the glitter topcoat is VERY forgiving with any small mess ups or gradient variations. Once the glitter is on it looks 100% better!
      xo

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