Some of you know that I am not so much into nail art or glitter nail polishes. I lack skills and time in general. I love me some good glitters, but I always dread the pain of removing them. (I tried a special base coat for glitters recently, but it didn't work out so well.)
However, I think I might have solved those two conundrums here. That is, of course, if you can call this line-drawing a sort of nail art.
This is what I used. As you see, I am not equipped with any special brush or tools.
Because of the low color contrast between the glitter polish and the nail beds, some minor mistakes are easily forgiven. A relatively steady hand is required, though.
- Apply a base coat on clean nails. Deborah Lippmann All About The Base is still the best one I've ever used, and highly recommended despite the rather steep price.
- Apply one coat of a sheer polish. I chose Essie Sugar Daddy which is really awesome for glossy natural nails.
- Carefully draw vertical lines in the middle of the nail beds using a neutral shade. Glitter nail polishes are more difficult to handle and most of them are sheer, so this would provide some color base and make the next step easier. I guess anything would do, but I used Zoya Jules here. It is packed with pretty glass specs and quite shimmery by itself. You can actually stop here and finish with a top coat for more of a subtle look.
- Add another layers on top of the lines with a glitter polish. Butter London Lucy In The Sky is my choice here. (I will show it to you in a full mani next time when I feel brave. It's really pretty.)
- Apply a fast drying top coat. I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, but go with something else if you're concerned about the bad chemicals.
That's it! Simple and easy, right?
Removal is virtually pain-free because of the small amount of glitters used. From a far, the nails look softly gleaming as if they are strobed. I've collected some compliments on this look.
A few more pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for looking!
If you know other ways to wear glitter nail polishes (you know, easily), do share with me.