So, summer is upon us and it's that time of year where it's nice to lounge around and enjoy drinks with friends, enjoying the weather, each other... and a tasty beverage or two or three or....
The theme for this week was "cocktail nails," and I chose to put together a look inspired by my favorite drink. I have no clue how well it come across.... but my cocktail of choice? The humble Gin and Tonic! <3
I was really stumped as to what to do for today's manicure. Originally, I was thinking of doing some sort of homage to a fruity drink, like the daiquiri or something. But as I sat at happy hour with my friends after work on Thursday, gin and tonic in hand, I figured I just HAD to try this one.
So how do you make a gin and tonic-inspired manicure when the drink is actually clear and colorless? That was the challenge. I was trying to invoke the fizzy image of the tonic water, so at first, I planned on sponging a white gradient on just the tips over my bare nail, like I did last week with the blue for the ocean look. Next I would cover it in a fine glitter to show the fizziness. I did one or two nails like that... and decided I didn't like how splochy they'd turn out
Then I remembered the white and silver nails from my fishtail braid manicure back in April. It would make a nice, effervescent sort of look for my nails! I painted this on my pinky, middle and pointer and decided to do a bright lime green for my ring and thumb.
Why lime green? If you don't know, a gin and tonic is traditionally garnished with a lime! That's why my accent nail has a lime/citrus print stamped on it! Well, plus there's the fact that Tanqueray, my gin of choice, comes in a bright green bottle.
After stamping the lime shapes across my nail, it still felt like the manicure was missing something to give it a light and bubbly feeling. At first I was going to use a fine glitter... until I remembered the lime green Nfu Oh flakie that I hadn't tried out yet! I put a coat across all of my fingers, including the white and silver nails. I really like the way it brightened things up without making it to gaudy.
Polishes / Items used in this manicure:
- White (pinky, middle and pointer base; stamping): Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
- Silver (pinky, middle and pointer gradient tips): Butter London - Diamond Geezer
- Bright Green: (ring and thumb base): Julep - Tatum
- Lime Green flakie (llayered over all fingers): Nfu-Oh 57
- Stamping plate: Shany XXL Set B
Is it sufficiently cocktail-ey? Do you get the Gin and Tonic vibe that I was going for? I guess it has more a summer citrus look than a cocktail look..... but I still like how it turned out! So, what's your drink of choice? Let me know!