As the summer is winding down (at least in my life of Student Affairs at a medium-sized University), I can’t help but get excited for winter…and HOCKEY!
Here are some throwback nails that I designed for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the spring. The Pens looked promising going in but despite their fizzle out in the second round, I still rocked a cute look on my finger tips!
Let’s go Pens!
Just got my raw opal from Tokyo! Pic doesn’t do it justice but there are straight up rainbows shining off of it! Time to do some nails #nailswag #nails #nailart #nailartclub #swag #LA
the things this girl does with nails…unbelievable. love. opal.
Sephora by OPI
Bright As A Feather
Another week…another manicuremonday!! Check out dormify.tumblr.com to see my newest mani inspired by their products!
Lately, when I use lighter colors I feel like the polish all travels to one side of my nail. When I try to even it out I can still see through the polish to the nail. So I let it dry and put on another coat and it still isn’t opaque! I don’t want to put more than 2 coats on because I feel like that would be a bad idea.
Above is a question from my dear friend Amy, a fellow nail enthusiast. Here is my answer to her, hopefully it helps others who might have the same question!
This happens to the best of us! Jelly polishes often have this opacity issue due to the nature of their formula. However, if creme lacquers are giving you issues as well, they are just inherently sheer. Sometimes, with sheer colors you need three thin coats for full opacity. However, keep in mind that not all lacquers are meant to be fully opaque! Some colors are sheer in nature and will expose the nail line. This can provide a dainty and unique mani for a more natural look.
The other issue could be your technique. It is important to master the thin first coat that comes immediately following your base. If you commit to giving you a sheer base to build the color up from, your drying time will be much faster and you won’t run into issues later with the top coat biting through your previous layers.
If you really want an opaque look from these colors, you can always layer these colors over a thin layer of your favorite white polish to help with building the color.
No matter how you apply the polish, don’t forget to properly moisturize the nail and nail bed prior to applying anything to the nail. Use cuticle oil or cream and then use acetone on a cotton-wrapped orange stick to remove oils and dust from the nail surface.
Snow leopard with China Glaze, Layla Hologram Effect and Sally Hansen.