Today I did a fun holiday themed and Pinterest inspired mani-pedi. If you haven’t been able to tell already, I’m a serious nail polish and Pinterest addict, so when I pin fun nail art, I can’t wait to try it out. Below are the two pins that inspired this post. Want to see what else I’m pinning?? Follow me by clicking here!
Here’s how I created my own version of the elegant manicure shown above.
1. Put a base coat on your nails so that you’re working with a smooth surface and to protect your nails from yellowing. I use Nailtiques.
2. Apply 3 thin coats of Essie Vanity Fairest to all nails EXCEPT for your ring fingers.
3. Apply 1 thin coat of Essie Vanity Fairest to your ring fingers.
4. Apply 1 thin coat of Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush in Big Money (full review here) to your ring fingers.
5. Apply a top coat to all nails. My favorite is Seche Vite!
This is such a subtle way to add glitter in to your mani for the holidays if you don’t want to go all out like I did here. Very chic, very elegant. The perfect neutral mani to rock this holiday season.
Now for the pedicure, I took the candy cane effect to my toes. I didn’t have a true white polish, so I subbed in one of my almost white pale pinks. I also didn’t do a ton of stripes, but I kind of like it that way. You can obviously do whatever pleases you!
1. Again, start off with your favorite base coat.
2. To your big toe only, apply 3 coats of Essie Adore-a-Ball. Follow that up with a top coat. LET DRY COMPLETELY. I actually did this part last night so that I made sure they were good and dry before applying the tape strips.
3. Paint the rest of your toes with 2 coats of Essie Scarlett O’Hara.
4. Once your nails are 100% dry (like you wouldn’t be afraid to wear flats or running shoes), cut up a piece of tape into tiny strips of varying thicknesses and apply in your desired candy cane pattern. Press strips down firmly to the edges to make sure there are no bubbles in the tape. **Next time, I’ll probably use more stripes, but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out for the first time.**
5. Apply 1 coat of Essie Scarlett O’Hara over the strips.
6. Before the polish dries, carefully remove the strips.
7. If you had a couple little spots where the polish bled under the tape, take a small brush and some nail polish remover to remove. You won’t have to press hard or use a lot of remover, so the polish underneath should be fine. I used my extra Sigma E05 brush and acetone. **Buy your Sigma brush now and get 10% off your order through Dec using code DEC2012.**
I love having this fun little pattern on my toes and keeping my nails more neutral and chic. That way, no matter what the occasion, I can be sure I look appropriate with my holiday nails and not too over-the-top. However, if you live in a place where it’s FREEZING and your toes will never see the light of day, even on Christmas morning, take the candy to your nails!! I do like the subtlety of just striping the ring finger. Plus this is not a tough one to do for those of you who are ambidextrously challenged. Just be sure to press the tape down really well so you won’t have to do any touch ups with the brush.
Now aren’t you glad you won’t have to think about what your holiday mani-pedi should be? It’s all here for you! Now go make it happen and tweet or Instagram me pics so I can see!