Guest Post: Glitter Flowers by ManicTalons.com
Hello lovely Chickettes readers! Since Andrea is living it up in Las Vegas and getting the scoop on our favorite brands for next year, I’m hijacking her blog and throwing some glitter around again. Seems appropriate for Las Vegas, right? For those of you who haven’t “met” me before, I’m Michelle from www.ManicTalons.com. My blog is also gel polish and nail art themed with a little bit of Indie polish sprinkled here and there.
The last time Andrea invited me to guest post, I showed you how to manipulate loose glitter by mixing it into a bit of top coat in this “Key to My Heart” design. Today’s mani uses the same technique, but this time I’m feeling floral.
I started with a base of Couture Gel Nail Polish Francais. Francais is a very soft, neutral pink that is part of the Couture French Manicure Collection. I then broke out my beloved ArtsyFartsy Crafts Ultrafine Holographic Glitters in Purple, Light Aqua and Light Green. I mixed a small amount of each color with a drop of top coat to create a thick paste. I then dotted the glitter mix onto the nail with a fine detail brush to form the flowers and leaves. Once the design was complete, I cured for 30 seconds in my LED lamp to lock the glitter into place and finished with a layer of top coat. For a full tutorial on glitter manipulation, check out my previous guest post here.
Here’s another shot of the final mani. I really love how well these colors work together. The overall feel of the mani screams summer to me.
Want to see a close-up? You can see in this shot that the glitter doesn’t have to be perfectly placed on the nail. There are a few stray pieces here and there, and that’s ok. No one will ever notice unless inspect your nails with a magnifying glass. And, well, if anyone is looking at your nails close enough to notice a random piece of glitter that is out of place, you should probably have a discussion with said person about boundaries and personal space. ;)
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear the exciting news Andrea brings back from Cosmoprof to share with us. Oh how I wish I could be there with her! Maybe next year. In the meantime, I invite you to mosey on over to my little slice of the internet at Manic Talons and poke around. You just might see something you like. :)
Finally, a huge thank you to Andrea for inviting me to share my art here on Chickettes. It is always my pleasure.