I stopped by a UPS Store to mail a package last week and received an unexpected compliment from the guy working the counter. He pointed at my glittery red and gold ombre manicure and said, “Atta girl! You’re wearing 49er colors.”
He said that his wife, a long-time Niners fan, would probably love to wear a mani like that on game day and asked if it was hard to do.
“Not at all,” I replied, and I walked him through the process as he prepped my package.
FYI: Talking nails with a big, burly UPS guy is weirdly entertaining. About halfway through the process, his eyes took on the same glazed, confused look that El Hub gets when I try to explain why it makes perfect sense for me to own 15 pairs of black shoes…
That’s when I suggested that the guy have his wife visit MBB.
If you’re a sports fan, Thanksgiving also means football! — a fun excuse to 1) paint your nails in support of your team and 2) give everyone around you something sparkly to look at while they heap mashed potatoes on their plate (YUM!).
To match the 49ers, I used red and gold shades from China Glaze and Lippmann.
Polishes from the left: China Glaze Champagne Bubbles, Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, and China Glaze Ring in the Red
So, Mr. UPS guy, this one’s for you and your wife!
Kickoff and the start of the first quarter
Let’s start by applying a clear base coat to even out the surface of the nail, and then brush on three layers of your background color, in my case golden Champagne Bubbles by China Glaze.
End of the first half
Now, to start creating the glittery ombre effect, apply a polish with large pieces of glitter in it. Here I’m using Deborah Lippmannâ€™s Do Ya Think Iâ€™m Sexy? (a red), and I begin at the tips and work about halfway down the nail toward the cuticle. That way, most of the glitter gets concentrated near the tips.
The third quarter
Add several layers of the same polish at the tips (just at the tips) to deposit even more glitter and intensify the effect.
The fourth quarter
To fill in the sparse areas and give some depth to the effect, dab a glittery polish that contains very tiny flecks of glitter in the middle of the nail. Here I’m using Ring in the Red by China Glaze.
The 2-minute warning!
Finally, apply your favorite shiny topcoat along the entire nail to smooth and protect your work.
Go team! Now, would someone please pass the pecan pie so that I may stuff myself silly?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,