Manicure Monday: Shades of Purple

Manicure Monday: Shades of Purple via The Collabor-eightIf you haven’t been able to tell by now, I’m obsessed with nail studs.  I love how easy they make it to add a pop of color and texture to your manicure.  I received some more studs in this month’s Nail Art Society kit – this time, it included small gold squares – and I just had to incorporate them into this week’s Manicure Monday.  Read on to see what I did to create this manicure!

I knew I needed to use my new nail studs – but with what? Again, I was inspired by fashion.  I planned to wear a purple printed dress to my boyfriend’s holiday party, so of course I had to go with a purple manicure.  I used China Glaze’s Ombre Kit in Grape Expectations, which included Sweet Hook, Spontaneous, Grape Pop, and Crimson.

I initially planned to recreate the print on each nail, but I have to admit that even I wasn’t looking forward to spending that much time on my manicure.  I decided to go with a matte ombre (gradient?) manicure – each nail a slightly different shade than the last.  China Glaze’s Ombre Kits are perfect for that because they give you each of the shades.  Since it includes four shades, I chose to use Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Black Matte.  Since the darkest shade of purple was almost black, it was perfect.

I added three gold nail art studs to each nail, in a straight line down the center.  It was just enough to create a punky accent and still let the purple shine.  Learn how you can add nail art studs to your manicure here.

I finished each nail with NYC’s Matte Me Crazy to seal in the studs and create a fresh, matte manicure.

What do you think of this week’s Manicure Monday? Let us know in the comments!

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About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

4 comments on “Manicure Monday: Shades of Purple

  1. This cost is crazy; can’t try it for that amount.

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