Today is my birthday, so this weekend I have been wearing cupcakes. (Or at least my attempt at cupcakes.)
Here is everything I used to make this happen:
Six (good grief) polishes, a small brush, a dotting tool, some rhinestones, and caviar beads.
First, I began with a layer of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mauve Over on all of my nails. This is for two reasons. One, it seems fairly neutral, and two I just got it from their new collection and was itching to try it. Like other Xtreme Wear polishes, it is easy to use and was opaque in two coats. Then, since I knew I would be spicing up two nails on each hand, I felt like the others needed something, but I didn’t want to get crazy with it since the mauve color was so neutral. That’s where Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Glass Slipper came into play.
Glass Slipper is made up of these very sheer, flaky glitter pieces. Honestly, the two worked together nicely. The glitter gave the mauve a little pop, but let it keep its neutrality.
Okay, so then that dried and I chose my colors for the cupcakes. I almost went with pinks and purples, but I wanted them to pop, so I went in the complete opposite direction with some blues and green.
On my thumb and ring finger, I began with the Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Plush. I painted about a third of my nail. I used two coats of this to make sure the mauve was covered up. This was a nice one to use because when it dries it is textured, so it was very easy to tell when I could move on to the next coat. Then, I used the small brush to paint some slightly lighter blue lines with Covergirl Outlast Glosstini Blue Hawaiian. The color difference was very subtle, but enough to give a small highlight. In addition, it was nice to have that glossy finish, where the velvet wasn’t. After that I went back in with the small brush and made stripes of the Fresh Paint Honeydew. This is a really bright, beautiful green that worked with the blue well and brought a lot of pop! That took care of the cupcake wrappers.
Next, it was time to frost those bad boys! I put a glob of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On above the wrapper part of the design and used the fat end of the dotting tool to spread it around. I liked that for the ease and the thick, frosting look it achieved. I do think you could get a cuter, more precise look if you just used the dotting tool the way you are supposed to.
While the white was wet, I sprinkled on the caviar beads. Ahead of time, I had dropped a little of each color in a dish and mixed them up. I had considered placing each piece to get a more precise look, but I was running out of time and patience, so sprinkling was the chosen method. Here is a question though…do your caviar beads smear all of the time? I purposely chose to use these because they aren’t coated (or so I thought) and I figured the color wouldn’t bleed, but I still ended up with a little smearing.
Then, finally, I used a little clear coat and a red rhinestone to put the cherry on top!
I did both of my hands this way, and yes, one looks better than the other. 🙂
Overall, I am happy with it and I thought it was a fun way to celebrate.
Thanks for reading!