Manicures are a great way to express your feelings and personality without being in-your-face – unless, of course, you take a ton of photos and post all about your nails in a blog online, then maybe it’s in-your-face.
Anyway, whether I’m feeling geeky, pretty, or punk, I can change my manicure as quickly as I change my mood. This week? I’m feeling fancy. Why? Who cares! It helped me to channel this fancy manicure with silver details. Want to learn how I got the look? Read on!
As usual, I started this manicure with clean nails and a fresh coat of Nail Tek II. One of the questions I get asked most often about my nails is how I get my manicures to look like a salon manicure. First, practice. Second, keeping my nails healthy and strong. If my nails are healthy, it makes creating a pretty manicure that much easier.
My base for this manicure is an Essie classic – Ballet Slippers. It’s the perfect base color for French manicures because it’s such a sheer, natural baby pink color. It’s really classic and beautiful – the complete done-but-undone manicure color.
After applying two coats of Ballet Slippers for a not-quite-opaque look, I began creating crescent shapes with Essie’s Bikini So Teeny. The easiest way to create these shapes was not to care whether I went onto my skin or not. Once I realized I could just clean it all up later, the shapes started coming out great.
Begin creating the details with a brighter color – I used China Glaze’s Frostbite, a bright cobalt blue. It might look weird at first, but create an “i” shape with the bright blue on each nail, and then you’re ready to move on to the next step!
Tie the look together with Kiss Nail Art Paint in Silver. I started to use a Sharpie for the look, but it wasn’t giving me the glitter effect I wanted. Carefully outline the light blue crescent shapes you made with Bikini So Teeny. Mirror those lines so you outline the dot of the “i” on each nail.
Finish off the look by carefully outlining the bottom of the “i” shape. Ta da! That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Finish with your favorite top coat – my new go-to is Essie’s Good to Go.
Will you try this Silver Details manicure?
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