So… I invisioned these nails to be streamlined and elegant; beautiful and classically gorgeous. They turned out to be just a little bit gaudy and obnoxious. So if you’re looking for nails to go with your Ugly Christmas Sweater, look no further… Some sweater ideas to get you in the spirit:
OK! Now that you have a little inspiration, lets get started!
Supplies you’ll need: White (Sinful Colors Snow Me White), Gold (West End Wonderland), Silver chunky glitter (OPI Pirouette My Whistle), two cheap clear coats (LA Color). You’ll also need some eyeshadows in silver and gold. I used Loreal HIP Metallic Shadow Duos in Platinum and I had started out using the fall ombre stack that I got from Fancy Dawn but found that the one I had chose was more copper than gold so I had to switch to an old Victoria Secret eye shadow I’ve had around for awhile. You’ll also need some silver and gold nail art accents, an exacto knife, painters tape and a pallet.
First off, use strips of the painters tape to create your French tip grids. If you’re like me, and you have a couple nails broke down, don’t despair. That’s where West End Wonderland comes into play. Add that to your nubby nails while you’re at it.
Add the white to your tips and while they’re still wet, carefully remove the tape and you’re left with somewhat perfect french tips!
Using a mechanical pencil or a toothpick, crush up some of the silver eye shadow and sprinkle it onto your pallet. Using one of the inexpensive topcoats, drop a few drops into the mess and mix it up.
Add a streak of silver to the edge of the nail.
Using your finger pat it down and spread it out. Repeat the same steps with the gold shadow.
You could leave it at that…. But nooo. We’re going to add the maximum amount of gaudiness to the situation.
Using some clear topcoat pooled on your pallet, and spread on your nail; using an orange stick, place some silver shards on your nail wherever you think necessary. Repeat with the gold.
Add some other little doodads and what nots. You’ll need a good, thick topcoat like Gelous to smooth things out or you’ll snag your nails on your awesome sweater!