Tuesday, September 4, 2012

cotton candy nails

finding new and unique nail designs is probably one of my favorite ways to spend my time. I have so many polishes that I honestly get bored just painting them all them all the same color. That's why little switch ups, like my favorite glitter or accent nail, are ways to keep my nails fun. But, I recently came across a technique that allowed me to use a bunch of pretty colors together in a SUPER simple day that gave my nails the look of a gorgeous cotton candy sky or a Claude Monet painting- which just so happen to be two of my favorite things. Win, win!

how pretty are these?! Getting this look was easy-peasy! First paint you nails with a flat opaque white- I used OPI "Alpine Snow". Then choose 3 or 4 colors that will work well together. I went with a pastel look and chose a light/medium blue (Orly "Snowcone"), a pale mint green (China Glaze "Refresh-Mint") a light lavender (Essie "Lilacism") and a pale pink (OPI "Mod about you"). Using a variety of the colors, make blobs of nail polish on your nails, layering the different colors over each other. Then, while the polish is still wet take a plastic bag or plastic wrap and press down on the blobs, smearing the polish together. Then remove the plastic and allow the polish to dry. Once it's had a chance to dry a bit, apply your top coat. I've always found the best top coat to be Seche Vite- it's thicker than most and allows the polishes to blend together even better.

now this manicure is definitely messier than most, but if you tape off around your nails using normal Scotch tape, you just remove the tape once they're dry and you have clean edges. Use one longer piece to go along one side of your nail, around the top of your nail and back down the other side, and then another smaller piece to cover the base of your nail (as close to the cuticle as you can get). Then just take a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover to clean up any rogue polish.

super simple! And oh so pretty :)

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