An extra bit of polish

Everyone who knows me knows I’ve had a life-long fascination with wild and crazy nail polish. Before wild polish colors were the norm, I’d seek out bizarre colors. In second grade, another girl and I had an unofficial contest to see who could find the weirdest nail polish. One day I came in wearing dark blue glittery polish only to find her wearing a frosty mint green.

In high school and college every so often I’d pull out every color in the polish box and paint a different design or pattern on each nail – using toothpicks, not an airbrush. Amazing what things someone can find to do when trying to avoid homework.

These days, I don’t always have time to get too crazy with my nails, but after a celebrity (Mindy Kaling, if you’re curious) tweeted a photo of her sparkly fun nails I realized I already had all of the polish, even if not in the exact same exact colors. Before I tried it, a friend borrowed some polish to do her nails and said the combo wore really well. So when I did my nails last week, I gave it a shot – four days later (which included a flea market, cleaning, yard work and lots of typing) I only see one chip.

It’s a bit blurry, but you try taking a photo of your own fingers – chances are one or both hands will wiggle a bit. My nails looks kind of stubby at this angle, but it took about 20 tries to get a halfway clear shot so this will have to do.

If anyone’s curious, this is what I did: On top of a good base coat I applied 2 coats of “For Audrey” by China Glaze. After that was dry, I used Orly’s “Dazzle” on the tips – I actually went nearly halfway down each nail, but love the accidentally rakish angle on the center finger above (next time I’ll do that intentionally). After that dried, I brushed on My Generation’s “Silver Fever” which is clear polish with random size bits of glitter (it’s so old I had to add more clear to the bottle to get the glitter flowing again) and followed that up with a clear top coat.

The great thing about adding the glitter is it blurs the line between the colors, so you don’t have to worry about a straight line or arc like you would with a fussy French tip. (I’m not a fan of French tips, which make even real fingernails look fake and make toenails look severely overgrown.)

I wish the photo were clearer – this polish combo is really fun for summer. It’s so much fun that I did something I seldom do and painted my toenails to match, but limited the silver “Dazzle” to a sun-catching dot on the smaller toenails.

Yeah, this photo is even blurrier than the one above, but with my crooked toes, bug bites and irritated skin, you really don’t want to see a crisp clear shot of my feet.

I know I’m not the only person who enjoys nail art. At least one reader has sported images on her toenails, another likes crazy colors as much as I do, and a couple of you have been known to get creative with nail polish at family gatherings.  What are some fun and funky things you’ve done with your nails lately?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on May 21, 2012, in Creativity, fun, summer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love your nail art. We share our quirky attraction to colors and patterns in nail art. I don’t do the designs much anymore and after too many years of neglecting my inner child’s love of odd colors and designs, I’m finding my way back. Silver glitter tips are a great way to salvage chipped nail polish on the tips when there’s no time for a full touch-up. Today, the color of the week (maybe it last all week) is OPI Pompeii Purple… a delicate but dazzling pink with great purple undertones.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Next time you tape a show, I dare you to wear some really wild (and obnoxious!) color of polish – even it it’s only on your toes.

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