Saturday, February 16, 2013

Silver Glitter French Manicure

Hello All!

Today I have for you a very complicated silver glitter french manicure.

It's complicated in that there are a lot of steps to achieve this look. It is quite worth it if you have a special occasion to go to and don't want to pay to get your nails done. I actually have never gotten my nails done professionally. My obsession with nail polish began when I was a young teenager. I didn't have money to get my nails done so I taught myself.

This manicure involves many of the steps used in water marbling. Never heard of water marbling? Heard of it but don't know how to do it? Watch this video! The first time I tried water marbling I watched a different video with horrible instructions. It was a major fail for me. I was really upset so I watched a ton of youtube videos on how to do it properly and that's when I came across Colette's (SimpleLittlePleasures) video. She gives you impecable instructions and amazing tips. Why did my first water marble attempt result in a disaster? I used crappy, unfiltered, salty, well water from the faucet in my laundry room. Colette recommends using filtered (Brita works great) or bottled, room temperature water. I find that lukewarm water also works well.

Ok. Now you are good and ready to learn the steps to achieving this look.

Silver Glitter French Manicure Steps:

1. Apply Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (or your favorite base coat).

2. This is where your water marbling knowledge will come in handy. I call this the water technique. Please note that I used OPI Kyoto Pearl for this step. Fill a small cup with lukewarm water. Place ONLY ONE drop of nail polish into the cup. Dip your nails into the water. You'll have a very sheer, perfectly even, thin coat of color on your nails. LET YOUR NAILS DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE REPEATING & ADDING ANOTHER COAT. I repeated this step 4 times to achieve the color you see in my pictures. (I probably needed more coats than the average person because my nails are stained an orangey, pinky, weird, red color from wearing so much red & pink polish)

3. Next is the silver tips. I used Jordana 091 Silver. HOWEVER, I crushed and added the silver eyeshadow from my L'Oreal HiP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow Duo in Platinum 906. This just made the color more opaque and less sheer. I nail stamped the silver tips using my Konad French Manicure Plate. I had to stamp each nail twice to get opaque coverage.

4. Next is the fun part, the glitter! I used Essie Set In Stones to create a glitter gradient. After you dip your brush in the polish, wipe most of the polish off on the sides of the bottle opening so you have just a little bit of glitter on the brush. Apply it from the middle of the nail to the tip. There should be a small amount of glitter on your nails. For the next step, dip the brush in the polish as you normally would. Dot/brush the glitter polish onto the silver tips. You may allow the glitter to go just below the silver tip. Make sure you smooth out the polish with your brush so your tips don't have thick globs of polish that will just smudge and never dry. It should look like the glitter is falling and/or gradually fading from your tips.

5. Finally, apply Orly Sec 'N Dry Top Coat (or your favorite top coat).

Please excuse the terrible cut on my middle finger, I tried to blur it out on iphoto but there's only so much you can do.

Reviews of the colors I used for my silver glitter french manicure:

OPI Kyoto Pearl
This is a sheer, frosted, silvery white. As I noted earlier, I used 4 coats to apply this polish using the water technique. When applying it with a brush, I like to use two coats but it's still a little sheer. If you want it opaque, three would do. I like to use it sometimes for a french manicure instead of your typical sheer white jelly. Don't get me wrong, I love a classic french manicure but this will jazz it up a bit. I give it a B because it is streaky (which is why I use the water technique to apply it for french manicures). Also, I'm not big on wearing opaque white on your nails but I like this one because it's frosted.

Jordana 091 Silver
This is a very sheer, somewhat metallic, light silver. As I stated earlier, I added crushed up silver eyeshadow to make this more opaque. Without the added eyeshadow, I think this would take 4 or more coats to get opaque coverage. It's certainly not the most metallic silver polish out there. I do not have the Essie Mirror Metallics silver shade (No Place Like Chrome) but if I did I would've used it because it is much more metallic. I give this polish a C+ because it's very, very sheer. It also chips easily when worn without a good base coat. The only reason I don't give it a lower rating is because it's $1. It's price makes it worth buying for me because I hardly wear silver polish (doesn't go with my skin tone. I'm an autumn, not a winter).

Essie Set In Stones
I love this polish. I'm kinda obsessed with glitter gradients, whether they fade from the cuticles or the tips, I'm a big fan. This formula isn't too thick. I like the amount of glitter that is in it, not too much and not too little. I wish Essie had a gold version of this. I give this an A- only because in some lights the glitter can look really dark. That really bothers me for some reason. Other than that it's amazing.

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