Thursday, August 2, 2012

Guest Post #3

Hey The Chic Cupcake readers! It's Samantha from Totally Chic. Today I am guest posting a nail design inspired by my phone case. Sounds weird, right? Yeah, I suppose it's not what most people are inspired by, but why not?

What I Used:

  • Claire's White Nail Polish (from a Claire's nail art kit)
  • A sheer-ish silver polish I got as a gift. The bottle is not marked anywhere :(
  • Wet 'n' Wild Nail Color in 413 Silver Frost Top Coat
  • Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in 040 Provence
  • A cute purple shade I received as a gift. Being from the same kit as the silver, it has no words anywhere on the bottle. :(
  • Farmasi Colour Cosmetics (FCC) Nail Polish in Color 68
  • DeArtist Professional Cosmetic Wedges
  • A small water dish 
  • Q-Tips
  • Nail Polish Remover

For my water dish, I cut the top off of a plastic cup.

How To Do It:

  1. Apply a white nail polish to your nails.
  2. Once the white dries, add the sheer silver, followed by the silver sparkles.
  3. Fill your water dish with water, then dip a cosmetic sponge in the water dish and squeeze it out. You want the sponge to be damp, but not wet.
  4. Paint the light purple onto one area of the sponge until you have a pretty thick coat on it. The area of the sponge the polish covers should be bigger than your nail.
  5. Press the sponge onto about two-thirds of your nail. See the pictures for placement. Nail polish will get on your finger, we'll fix that later!
  6. After the polish has dried, repeat steps 3 and 4, but use the purple polish instead of the light purple. 
  7. Press the sponge onto about one-third of your nail. See the pictures for placement.
  8. Once all the polish has dried completely, apply the sparkle top coat. If you want, you can also apply a clear top coat on top of that to even out the surface of the nail.
  9. Wait until all the polish has dried, then take a Q-tip soaked in Nail Polish Remover and rub it on your finger to remove the nail polish that was put there by the sponging.
And you're done! Admire your pretty digits!

*You can substitute purple for any other color. You just need a light and dark version of that color to create the gradient affect.


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