After such intensive work on the Minions last week, I wanted to keep it simple. Brainstorming summery things, I decided a pool would be good inspiration, so I dug through my nail foils and found this beauty:
I wanted to contrast it with a silvery gray color, but apparently I’m a bit color blind at night, the time when I usually paint my nails. Using Racy from Formula X for Sephora, I painted all my nails with 1-2 coats and realized that the color was actually a metallic purple-gray color. And me being too lazy to take it off and start again, I just went with it anyway. Hey, I said poolside inspired, which is the catch phrase for not having to literally paint what I said I was going to do! 😉
Using an old nail polish brush and a solution made of 1/2 water and 1/2 ScraPerfect’s Best Glue Ever (highly recommended by Robin Moses on her blog), I painted half my nail on the diagonal with glue and let it dry clear before applying the foil.
To hide slight imperfections on the diagonal border of the foil, I added a stripe of Silver Glitter by Kiss Nail Art Paint.
For a finishing touch and no good reason other than the fact that I wanted to use them, I added a rhinestone to the center of each silver glitter stripe. I didn’t use glue to adhere these because they are small (2 mm diameter) and because adding a topcoat over the rhinestones would help seal them in place.
The final dilemma was figuring out if my topcoat would disintegrate the foil. If you’ve used nail art foil before, you’ll know this problem quite well. Seche Vite, which I swear by as the topcoat for practically all of my manicures, breaks up the foil and dulls its appearance. This time I tried out Miracle Gel Topcoat by Sally Hansen, and it did a pretty good job of not destroying the foil. If any of you have recommendations for good topcoats, I’d love to hear them in the comments!