Welcome to March! In the past few days, we’ve had quite a swing in temperature in NYC where on one day, it was near 60 degrees and beautiful outside to another day where it was 17 degrees with snow covering the ground. The crazy weather influenced me to do something with thermal nail polish after being in a creative slump this week.
I started by painting all my nails white.
I recently acquired some thermal color change powder from Born Pretty Store. It is best used with a gel top coat, so I applied a layer of Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat to my white base and cured it for about 15 seconds (half the normal cure time) before applying the pigment.
I used the sponge applicator to apply the powder to the half cured top coat, then I dusted off the excess pigment from my cuticles with a fan brush.
I applied another layer of gel top coat over this and fully cured it before proceeding to the stamping portion of the design.
Because of the dark gray and white colors in the thermal pigment, I decided that a geometric look would suit this manicure the best. I used the diamond pattern in the second row, far right side of the plate below in a variety of ways to create a modern look.
For some nails, I stamped the image as is, but for other nails, after stamping the image, I removed some of the other diamonds from the pattern on the stamper with some Scotch tape.
I opted to do a single diamond in the center of one nail and half a diamond as a half moon design on my pinky. I finished it all off with a layer of Ya Qin An top coat.
The thermal powder is a little splotchy because it’s hard to apply an even layer of pigment, especially because the dark gray color contrasts so much with the white base. The color change effect is also very sensitive, and even the act of trying to dry off my nails prevented me from getting an evenly pigmented picture of each individual color.
It’s always fun to have interactive nails! And even though the pigment is seldom one solid color, the smoky effect still looks cool underneath the crisp lines of the diamonds.
We’re expecting more snow here in a few days, so be safe out there! Happy polishing!