DIY: Holiday Manicure

I don’t consider myself a particularly ‘arts & crafts’ type person, but after spending a few hours doing some Christmas projects at a friend’s party last weekend, I felt inspired to try some things on my own.  (I also returned home after the party weekend and promptly broke 2 things while unpacking, both of which had to be super-glued back together.  This also, although perhaps not traditionally “crafty,” had me feeling like I could make anything work.)

I wanted to do a fun manicure for the holidays, since I have a couple of friends in town and a party tonight to celebrate the end of the year.  I pulled out some Martha Stewart craft glitter that I bought earlier this year for another project, and decided to do a festive manicure at home!

 

Here’s what I used:

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(L-R):  Martha Stewart craft glitter in “Smoky Quartz”; Essie “Leading Lady”; Essie “Sand Tropez”; Orly “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”; “Essie Good To Go!” Topcoat


Steps:

1.  Paint one finger on each hand sparkly red.

2.  Paint all others nude/tan color.

3.  Let that dry.

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4.  Paint each nail with coat of sparkly clear polish.

5.  Sprinkle loose glitter on nude nails, going heavier near the cuticle (I was aiming for more of a graduated glitter pattern).

*Do these steps consecutively on each nail before moving to the next to make sure the clear polish doesn’t dry before you get to it with the glitter.

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6.  Shake off excess glitter over a bin or sink.

7.  Layer all nails with topcoat.

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finished product!

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