I have a whole new respect for manicurists and nail art specialists. I now know that the images we see on Google images are much more difficult to attain than it seems. Case in point… In the spirit of the holidays, my sisters, nieces, and I decided to embark upon a holiday nail painting challenge. I looked at quite a few images and even watched a segment on Home & Family on the Hallmark channel. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do, but then I thought I’d do some version of a French manicure with glitter accented holiday colors.
I attempted a redo this time with a white base instead of clear. I don’t think I waited long enough before I started dabbling with the decorations. I wasn’t prepared for the long wait time. I ended up trying to redo portions of the polish. It became thick and gloppy in parts. You can see it on the index finger in this second iteration. Also, I hadn’t done the work of soaking my hands and cleaning the excess polish from my cuticles and edges. So, though I like the white base better than the clear, I didn’t achieve that neat holiday nail art that I saw on Google images.
I finally settled on something simple – a rich burgundy red with one accent nail. I painted my pinky a festive silver. I painted the corner with the same burgundy red, but only after I made sure the silver was dried. I actually waited. As they say, patience is a virtue. Then, the bedazzling began. I was able to use the nail art accessories that I bought years ago, but rarely ever use. I figured adorning one nail on each hand was manageable. In order to make the little jewels stick, I had to add a clear coat first. Lastly, I dipped the toothpick into the clear polish in order to make it sticky. Then, I grabbed one jewel at a time and placed them diagonally – the green jewels first, then a mix of red and gold jewels. I felt this last simple design was more my speed. Thoughts?