This summer I’m guiding you to the easiest and smartest ways to create your own nail art for a beach trip. It’s your “party nail” – that’s when one fingernail design is having its own party. The nine other nails have a solid nail polish color – the wall flowers of your party. Which is your nearest ocean: the Atlantic, off of California, in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands? Let’s make nail art for the summer.
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3 Things POP into my head when painting a “party nail” on my fingernails for a beach trip.
1. What colors match my bathing suit?
Some of you may not care if the nails match completely. I just want them to blend.
2. What glitter do I have?
The color of your solids determines which color glitter you will want.
3. Do I want the party nail to blend with the other nails or really POP with its own party? Muted or Pizzazz?
My nail art is flamingo inspired for the beach this summer. I loved the pinks and gold in my Recollection stickers so I ended up going with a fuchsia pink beside the gold.
I debated whether or not to use my favorite pink: A-rose at Dawn, Broke by Noon. In the end, it had too much silver that does not go with gold.
Then I started thinking, wait, flamingos are salmon colored-not fuchsia. So you can try that orangey tone next to the gold. I don’t like it as much as I like the Kiss Me On My Tulips by OPI. Then I put glitter on top of the orange color, and it can give you a much more muted but fun beachy look.
I wanted my party nail to really stand out, and the best way to do that is by using the lightest color in the gold glitter.
Look closely; see the white in that gold? So my base color should be the lightest color that is in the glitter….
The best ever white fingernail polish is Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On. Here is a sample of a cheapy cheap white by Sinful Colors-that’s what was cheapest in my grocery store that day. They’re mostly milky. OPI has a better one, Alpine Snow, but it still not the best.
This stuff is like white out. Raise your hand if you ever painted your nails with white out in school in the 80s….
Glitter Nail Polish
When you’re picking out glitter, make sure it is condensed looking. You do not want the ones that have big pieces of glitter or sequin type pieces (below). It’s super extra sticky, which makes it hard to get off. Plus, it has minimal impact. You hardly see the party. No one will want to attend that party.
See how the gold and purple glitter are like a powder? That will give you more impact. More bang for your effort.
When using a blue toned glitter, the base color can be a lighter purple, a pink or a light pink. So I’m going to try all three and show you the different party offerings.
So then I tried white because I do see white in this glitter. Look how it is turning out on the video above. It makes me not like this glitter as much. It looks goopy and not very condensed. BUT what if we painted our other nails a I’m Not Really a Waitress (red), and this white one with silver, red and blue glitter POPped? Looks like a patriotic party, right? That’s next week’s nail art for sure! Happy Summer Beach Trippin, friends!
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