As you may or may not know, manicures are my thing. Little Orphan Annie might say that you’re never fully dressed without a smile, but I like to say that you’re never fully dressed without a fresh mani.
Last Thursday, I was getting ready for my last college formal. I wanted to go all out. I already had the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, and the perfect date, but what was I going to do for my nails? My dress was white, so my makeup (and my nails) were going to be bold. Bright purple bold.
Fast forward to later on that night. A girl from one of my classes, who I had never actually spoken to, came running up to me. “Just so you know, I pointed you out to my friends from across the room. I won best nails for my sorority superlative, but I told everyone that the girl that sits in front of me in Media Criticism has the BEST nails. Can I show my friends your nails?” She may or may not have been under the influence of alcohol, but drunken words are sober thoughts, right? Her compliments boosted my confidence for the night. Here’s what I did that may have cemented my name in Villanova manicure history!
For this look, I used the following polishes:
- Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat (not pictured)
- mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquer in Violet Daze
- Kiss Nail Art Paint in White
- Kiss Nail Art Paint in Silver Glitter
- Seche Vite Topcoat
I started out with two coats of mark.’s Nail Lacquer in Violet Daze. These bottles may look small (they are so cute!), but if you think about it, who really uses a full bottle of nail polish anyway? The best part about them is that they come in sets of two for $7, so I got this mini Violet Daze, which is a beautiful electric purple, and Tickled Pink, which is a light pink with a lavender tint. The pigmentation is wonderful, so I love using them for fun things like formals.
After the base coat, I began creating my design. When I do a design, I always do it on my ring finger and my thumb. I’m not quite sure why, but I like the way it looks. You can obviously do your design on as many or as few nails as you’d like. Taking the Kiss Nail Art Paint in White, make two swooshes on each nail. It is much easier than it looks because these polishes come with super skinny brushes for the smallest of details. And practice makes perfect! I’ve been doing this design on my nails for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorites, and I always find myself coming back to it. It’s so versatile – you can do the same design on a lighter base coat with black swooshes!
You can stop there, or you can add two swooshes of Kiss Nail Art Paint in Silver Glitter. I always add the silver because I think it takes the whole look up a notch. And, as always, finish with your favorite topcoat! My go-to is Seche Vite because it dries your polish fast – no need to worry about smudging.
What are you doing this Mani Monday?