The holidays are upon us! In a week, it will be Christmas, and I got my lights up just in time… on my nails.
I know other people have done the Christmas lights thing before, so to make mine different, I used some glow in the dark nail polish that I got from Born Pretty Store (use code RSSPX31 for 10% off). Way to light things up!
I wanted to mimic strings of lights hung in a window, so I used black polish (Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora) for my base.
I started the artwork by painting green lines across my nails with a striping brush. Most people like to put loops of lights in their design, but as cute as that looks, how often do you ever see people hang their lights up like that? The wires are usually pretty straight yet somewhat crooked from being wound up inside a box.
The glow in the dark polishes aren’t very opaque, so to make them stand out against a black background, I decided to paint the light bulbs across the wire with white acrylic paint and a detail brush first.
Next I used a dotting tool to apply a generous blob of different colored BK luminous polishes over the white bulbs.
The magic happens when you turn on a blacklight. The colors really pop!
In terms of how well these light up in the dark on their own… I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anything glow in the dark for a very long time. Even after “charging” the nail polish under a bright light (or black light) for a minute, I only get a few seconds of happiness before they fade to black again. But you better believe that I’m keeping these on for when I go out this weekend! I know there’s got to be a black light on somewhere!
Hope you enjoy this holiday season and take some time to enjoy the beautiful decorations that are up! Happy polishing!