Easy Winter nails

Navy and gold nails and light pink with a touch of sparkle from the blog Nailed It (a great source for nail inspiration!) Gorgeous matte and shiny striped nails via Pinterest.

Navy and gold nails and light pink with a touch of sparkle from the blog Nailed It (a great source for nail inspiration!) Gorgeous matte and shiny striped nails via Pinterest.

I have no qualms in admitting that I am absolutely terrible at doing my nails. I almost always manage to get a decent amount of color on my surrounding cuticles and finger and even get the occasional rogue spots on my hands and arms. It's almost laughable how bad I am. Which is why whenever I visit Amanda or have a special event coming up I always jump at the chance to go get a gel manicure. This way I can guarantee that for at least 2 weeks my nails will look great. However I haven't got the budget to keep up my nails at a salon so I'm left to my own mediocre resources most of the time.

For the most part I like to keep my nails pretty neutral (I love Formula X Brain Power- it's a great tan.) However I like to occasionally bring on the bling and I have found an easy way to do this that is tasteful enough for everyday but also a lot of fun for a special night out. To achieve the look (very similar to the photo above of the pink sparkly nails) I like to pair a dark base coat with a chunky glitter polish as the accent. Below are a few of my favorite polishes- I especially love pairing dark navy blues with gold.)

After applying a base coat, I apply 2 coats of my dark solid. Make sure to wait until this layer is dry!! Patience is important here as I've found the glitter top coat will pick up color from your base if you're too hasty in your application. To get the bling at the bottom of your nails, carefully dab the chunky glitter polish at the base of your nail and lightly draw the brush up a bit. Let the glitter dry before applying a final top coat. The top coat is a necessary step as glitter has a tendency to get caught on hair and clothes if not sealed in. That's it! And the best thing about this is the glitter doesn't have to be even or perfectly applied- a little variety adds to the look. If I can do it anyone can!

My version of sparkly winter nails. Apologies for the not-great photos- I promise they look really nice in person! Top set done with a base of OPI Lincoln Park after Dark and bottom set done in Essie's After School Boy Blazer.

My version of sparkly winter nails. Apologies for the not-great photos- I promise they look really nice in person! Top set done with a base of OPI Lincoln Park after Dark and bottom set done in Essie's After School Boy Blazer.

While you're doing your nails... check out Mikky Ekko's new album! I really like it!

Do you have a favorite nail color or trend you're seeing in nail design that you'd love to try? I think my next nail adventure will be attempting an ombre fade-out look, similar to what Sephora did here.

Cheers!

-c.