Holiday Nails

This season I had a lot of fun getting a bit creative with my nails. I have never been particularly talented in the nail department, so playing around with different colors and glitter was a little out of my comfort zone. But since I couldn’t resist the sparkle since it reminds me so much of the holidays, I decided to first get my nails done to see how to do it. It seamed pretty simple. I just applied two coats of my base color, the dark black-purple (Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI) or the red (Boudoir by Ciaté). Then, after wiping the excess glitter off the brush, I applied the glitter polish (Rock at the Top by Essie) in small coats. I mostly dapped the glitter on and moved the chunky pieces to where I wanted them. Lastly, I finished the look off with a clear top coat.

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I painted these nails for a New Years Eve style. I placed the glitter at the top of the nail and tried to make a subtle gradient down the nail towards the tip with the more fine shimmer in the polish. I really liked this style because it looks really clean and it didn’t chip very easily.

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(colors: Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI and Rock at the Top by Essie)


For this style, I placed the gold glitter at the tip of the nail and used the more fine shimmer to paint a gradient up the nail towards the cuticle. I thought this was a really fun look, but you have to be committed to letting it dry for a long time. Since there are so many coats at the tip of your nail, it smudges easily.

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(colors: Boudoir by Ciaté and Rock at the Top by Essie)

These nail looks were so fun to create and they have inspired me to experiment some more with nail art.