By Sheila Arkee
For years, I eschewed ornate nail designs. For a time, I even worked at a magazine for nail techs and openly scoffed at photos of tacky blinged out nails. And then something changed. I encountered someone at my local MAC store who had AMAZING blinged out nails.
Now, I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable with really long nails. I had acrylic nail tips for one short period of my life and they just weren’t me. Nothing wrong with them, but I just don’t feel comfortable with a long nails.
While at a salon recently, I encountered the most gorgeous blinged out short nails that were Shellac-ed, and knew that’s exactly what I wanted in my life. I want pretty, gold, sparkly nails!!!!!!
These are the nails I spoke about earlier while discussing my beauty school gel nail fail.
The nails I recently witnessed are glitter sealed by a gel topcoat, and I wanted to figure out how to possibly make these happen at home for a fraction of the cost. I have never claimed to be great or even decent at doing nails, so this is a true beauty experiment on my side.
Step 1: Glitter
Craft glitter at Michael’s purchased with a 40% coupon – done! Less than $2 for a huge amount of glitter, ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Step 2: Nail Polish Base
I figured I would use a darker base of a polish to help make the glitter pop! I had on Essie Capri and it was the perfect shade for this exact purpose.
Step 3: Pour Some Glitter on It
Seems simple enough, right?
The chunks, I believe, were a little too coarse. Perhaps craft glitter isn’t the answer. In retrospect, I should have dipped my nails in a layer of glitter, but hindsight is always 20/20.
Step 4: Seal That Stuff
Here’s the part that needs the most improvement – I used a traditional topcoat and I definitely need something thicker, and more gel-like, maybe even at-home Shellac.
A week or so after this experiment, I happened upon the flickr site of a woman with the most amazing rainbow hair, and she just made glitter nails seem so easy. And now I want fabulous rainbow glitter nails, too!!! Click the link to see the nails in their complete fabulosity.
Back to the drawing board!
In the meanwhile, I’d love to hear your ideas. Do you have suggestions for topcoats you can recommend for at-home, fabulous glitter nails?