Today's manicure is silly and outlandish in the best of ways. Many of you will recall my "I'm a polish ninja" collaboration with my roommate, Dayna of Light and Sugar. Dayna and I met in photography school, and she is currently working on a project where she does a portrait a week, incorporating her makeup skills into the mix, too. Whenever I am the portrait subject, obviously I do nails to match the theme!
Dayna had the idea to make this portrait's theme "candy" and I was all over it. Some of you may not know this, but I am a total candy fiend. It's kind of problematic. Dayna actually had the idea for this manicure, and I freaking LOVE the way it turned out.
SPRINKLES CAVIAR MANI!
So yeah, I attached actual sprinkles to my nails! And they were surprisingly secure! I'll get into that in a bit, but first, here's the actual portrait that Dayna made of me. In case anyone was wondering what I look like, heres a super clear photo, haha. As my makeup was being done, it went in a sort of candy warrior direction, so that's what we started calling the theme!
You guys know I don't hold bottles in my nail photos, but I couldn't resist doing a "bottle shot" for this manicure...
Let's get into the technique. It's the same as a caviar manicure, but with sprinkles!
I filled a shot glass with real sprinkles and painted my nails with one coat of Zoya Kennedy (a nude) to start. Then, one nail at a time, I painted another thickish coat of Kennedy on my nails and dunked them into the sprinkles glass. I pulled out the nail, and would lightly press the sprinkles into the base coat to ensure a good stick. You may need to push them together a bit or fill in empty spaces with spare sprinkles. Let it dry and that's it!
I didn't topcoat these because I wasn't going for longevity. Plus, I think it could have ruined the sprinkles anyway. I did actually wear these out to dinner though and they were totally fine! They felt really secure on the nail once they had dried.
I just love this manicure so much. It's so silly and ostentatious and perfect. I had so much fun wearing it for the brief time that I did.
Make sure you check out Light and Sugar for more portrait goodness!