Rather than just stick to one sparkly element, I decided to combine a bunch of my favorite sparkly things into one manicure. Glitter, ultrachrome flakies, sparkly gradients, and water spotting. Consider this my official Christmas manicure...
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
Essie Leggy Legend
KBShimmer Owl Miss You
Orly Gossip Girl
Pahlish Autumn People
Pahlish Gumdrop Rooftop
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
Guys, I'm seriously drooling over my nails right now. I love how these skittles turned out! And yes... I actually did manage to water spot my nails and live to write about it!
To start out this mani, I painted two coats of Leggy Legend onto my left ring finger, my right thumb, and my right ring finger. All of the other nails got 4 coats of KBShimmer Owl Miss You.
For my water spotted nails, (left middle, left thumb, and right middle) I applied a coat of Seche Vite over Owl Miss You and let it dry. I added drops of Leggy Legend into a bowl of lukewarm water, just as I would've done for a water marble. When I had enough color, I sprayed the surface with aerosol hairspray until I got the size spots I wanted. My spots were a little sparse on two nails, so I went back and water spotted each one again.
Remember those nails I painted with Leggy Legend? They all received a coat of Orly Gossip Girl, followed by alternating coats of Pahlish Autumn People and Gumdrop Rooftop. I just kept going back overtop until the flaky sparkle was really noticeable.
My gradient nails came next. After the water spotting and glitter accents turned out so well, I figured I needed a little more sparkle on the other nails too. Using a sponge, I alternated between Autumn People and Gumdrop Rooftop again. They turned out really well, a nice balance between the other two designs.
While I was painting, I had an idea that this was probably going to be my Christmas manicure. So, I made sure to add some extra clear coat and Seche Vite to really lock everything in. I'm really happy with how these turned out!
Christmas is just about here... I'm definitely ready! Well, a few more things to wrap and then I'll be ready. Normally, tomorrow would be Fishbowl Friday, but because of the Holiday, I'm taking the day off... maybe the weekend too! I'll be back next Friday with Fishbowl Friday 059. Stay tuned to my Instagram for the prompt! And from my family to you and yours...