Earlier this year when I met with Rob, a personal stylist at Nordstrom, one of the things we chatted about was metal — that is, mixing metal accessories.
I was drooling over a pair of shoes with silver accents at the time and wondered about incorporating gold and silver jewelry into the outfit. Rob said, “Sure!” He thought that mixing silver and gold was a cool and modern way to update a look.
I remembered Rob’s metallic moxie this week while trying to figure out something fun to do with my nails. I wanted something festive that wasn’t red and green, so I figured, how about silver and gold?
It’s a little quirky, but that’s one of the things I like about it, and I can see myself wearing this with various shiny baubles all year round.
Are you ready?
First, I painted my nails with a clear base coat to create a nice, smooth surface for the following steps. Next, I applied two layers of the color I chose for the silver background, Icicle by China Glaze.
Once Icicle dried, I reached for my stickers — punch-hole reinforcement stickers, the office supply kind (I got these at Target) — and applied them about halfway down each nail.
Here, “careful” and “gentle” are the operative words. I was careful to gently position and press the stickers into place, making sure they were firmly in position. I learned the hard way (screwed something like this up once before) that it’s also a good idea to wait a few extra minutes before applying the stickers to make sure that the background color is completely dry; if it’s wet at all, the stickers might peel part of the background color when they’re removed.
With the stickers stuck, I painted the portion of each nail above them with two coats of my golden shade, Champagne Bubbles by China Glaze.
I let that dry, and then — deep breath — gently removed the stickers.
Ta-da! Two-tone nails.
And to help them last as long as possible, I finished with a shiny top coat.
You could certainly switch up the color scheme here, maybe going with gold as your background color and silver on your tips, or you could bring the bling by layering a silver or gold glitter over the entire nail.
Fun! If you decide to give this or something like it a try, take a picture or two (or three!), and link or tweet them to me. I’d love to see.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Friday is mere minutes away, and I can smell the sweet relief! Tabs has been in diva overdrive this week, and my @ss is beat. Time for this tired gal to catch some Zs…