Here’s the current polish pickle (oh woe is me with all these pretty polishes!) — I’ve got a new batch of nail polishes sitting in my kitchen and I’d say about 75% of them are so pretty I don’t want to do a single thing to them. Sparkly and holo and ridiculously gorgeous on their own, it almost feels a little criminal to go and cover them up. (Picture it for a minute: Nail Police. They’re fierce.) So after putting down three coats of nubar Vaso and sort of lustily staring at it under the bright craft lamp, I’ll admit I was a little stumped.
Then made a mistake I’ve actually made before (learn, gurl, take notes or something…): trying to do something semi-detailed with a metal paint on a metallic finish by artificial light. Talk about going cross-eyed. I started using my fine brush and some silver acrylic paint to add little swirly marks and a silver box at the top of each nail, but the light bouncing off of both the polish and the paint made it really difficult to keep and eye on where the paint was/wasn’t going. I’ve got to stop doing that.
Instead of washing it off, I figured I could save the project by using some white to help hilight and double-line parts of the swirlies I’d put down in silver… which it did, a little I guess. But it still seemed like it was missing something, so I reached no further than the nearest blingy wheel of rhinestones and added a flower cluster stone atop the box on each nail, plus a few random regular stones where either a line was weak or it simply looked like it needed some sparkle.
I don’t hate it. In fact it kind of reminds me of some of the softer bride-type nails I’ve done over the past year, with a soft base color and some rhinestones added for effect. It’s definitely more girlie/romantic than my daily fashion sense could jive with, but I do think it’s a nice elegant look for when the occasion strikes.