Last Saturday, my friend Claire had a Clue themed party at her house. Everyone dressed up as one of the characters from the classic board game, and I was Mrs. Peacock. Originally, I wanted to paint my nails in the peacock pattern, which I have seen a few good tutorials on the internet. However, I didn’t have enough time to do that, so I decided to go on a much simpler route – an ombre manicure.
I used this very helpful tutorial, courtesy of The Beauty Department, and it actually came out really well. Rather than looking like actual nail polish, it looks more like a stained look.
Granted, the tutorial used the same color in varying shades, which is different from what I did. In that case, it’s actually more of a gradient, than an actual ombre effect. I decided to use green, blue, purple, and gold as they reminded me of the colors on the feather.
For the actual mani, the colors that I used can be seen in the picture below:
From left to right: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat | Sally Hansen HD – Cyber, Hi-Def, and BLU | Cosmetic sponge
When I did my nails, I originally followed the instructions to a “T,” but when I pressed the sponge onto my nail, the polish came out super light – to the point I could barely see it, even after dabbing it a few times on my nail. I think it was because these nail laquers are really thin, most of the color came off when I dabbed it on the paper before doing it on my nails. After that, I ended up skipping the paper step and just went directly to my nails. At some points, it doesn’t look as blended, but I still loved how it came out.
Once I finished doing all my nails, I decided to use gold glitter nail polish to add some additional sparkle before applying the top coat. Below are a few pics of my finished mani that I took the day after. I loved the end result and I would totally do this again in the future.
I was very happy that there wasn’t any chipping at all the next day since that usually happens with a great majority of my manicures, especially since I haven’t gotten a chance to get a new bottle of base coat since my last one leaked all over my nail bag a few months ago. 😦 Though, I’ve noticed that even with a base coat, my manicures tend to chip the next day anyway from normal wear… Need to look around for a really good base coat…
It’s been a few more days and my nails are super chipped now, but it’s because I’ve been helping out with a lot of yard work for the last few days. Otherwise, it’s my longest lasting non-chipping mani. 🙂