Hello! It’s the final prompt for the #clairestelle8june Instagram challenge today, and that prompt is glitter. Despite my love of all things shiny, I was a bit stumped by this one, I think I’m feeling a touch of nail art fatigue! I have dozens of bottles of glitter toppers, but throwing a topper over a plain base seemed like too much of an easy way out. So, I googled ‘glitter mani’ and came across this tutorial by @badgirlnails. I love the look, I have pots of loose glitter, I have studs, I can do this!
What I used:
- Ciate Ferris Wheel (pale blue creme)
- NYC Grand Central Station (clear polish)
- HK Girl Glisten & Glow (topcoat)
- Pale blue loose glitter
- Fan brush
- Straight nail vinyls
- Small silver studs
I started out with three coats of Ferris Wheel, which I found a touch on the thin side. To be honest, it could have done with another coat but I don’t have patience for four-coaters! I added a coat of G&G and let it dry completely.
I then applied the straight vinyls at an angle across my nails. Working one nail at a time, I painted the clear polish above the vinyl, then dipped my nail in the glitter. I removed the vinyl straight away, and after a minute or two, brushed off the excess glitter with a fan brush.
Once all my nails were glittered, I applied the studs and then carefully covered everything in a coat of clear polish. I didn’t want my topcoat brush picking up stray glitters, I’d rather sacrifice a cheap clear polish!
Loose glitter is a bugger to work with, the stuff gets absolutely everywhere! My black sofa now has the odd blue shiny bit here and there. I was also going cross-eyed applying that many studs! For such a simple looking mani it sure took some effort! I do like the end effect although I doubt it will be long lasting – I’ve already chipped a chunk of glitter off my thumbnail. They are also quite thick with all the layers of polish and then glitter at the tips. And of course, unless I use half a bottle of topcoat, I’m not going to get these smooth which bugs the hell out of me. I hate catching my nails in my hair!
So that’s the end of the challenge for June, and I’ve managed all the prompts. I’ve finally used a striping brush, and discovered two uses for a fan brush! I’ve delved into vinyls, water decals and glitter, and unusually for me, neglected my stamping kit. Have no fear, it will be out again soon!
See you all soon,