Egyptian King Tut Nails

Tonight is our first official performance of Verdi’s Aida, the story of which is set in Egypt. I decided to go with an Egyptian theme of gilded gold nails, hieroglyphics, and the head of King Tutankhamun’s (Tut’s) sarcophagus as an accent nail.

I started by painting all my nails a shiny metallic gold. I used Charge It! from Sephora by OPI.

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2 coats of Charge It! from Sephora by OPI turn your nails into opulent gold works of art.

While looking for Halloween manicure ideas in the past few weeks, I came across plate BM-S250 from Bundle Monster, now called Maniology, that had an Egyptian theme. They clearly thought that it would be used for the mummy aspects of it, but you can create a pretty classy looking manicure from some of the other designs.

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King Tut was the highlight of this manicure, so I opted to work on him first before proceeding with the rest of the design.

Using a clear stamper and Ya Qin An stamping polish in Black, I transferred the image from the top right corner of the plate. The lines are ridiculously small, so I used a thinned out detail brush to color in the eyes with Ya Qin An stamping polish in White and b.m.c. nail lacquer in royal blue. I literally was holding my breath in order to keep my hand still, so you will need a lot of patience! The worst part was that I smudged my first attempt at transferring this (must be the curse of the mummy) and had to color it in from scratch again, so remember to take your time!

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If only the image was this big! In real life, it is only about 1 cm tall.

I waited until the polish was dry on the stamper, then applied a coat of Charge It! over the whole image and let that set for a few minutes before stamping the design onto my ring finger.

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Macro shot of my ring finger. I think I did a decent job of staying within the lines considering that each stripe is about 1 mm thick.

I used Ya Qin An stamping nail polish in Black with the hieroglyphic image on the right side of the plate to finish off the rest of my nails and added Seche Vite top coat over everything to seal in the design.

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I was quite pleased with this manicure, and everyone in the orchestra seems to love it as well.

I’m off to the opera! Happy polishing!

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