Fear No: Ombré Green Glitter Nails Monday 23 January, 2012

What happens when you take the best of Spring 2012’s green nail polish offerings, paint each nail a different hue, and then finish this mean-green manicure with a holographic glitter top coat? Absolute perfection!

Come every spring and fall, I get to dream up a color story for polishes for Nailpro magazine. Sometimes, the story involves ladies taking on the dapper guises of gents; other times, the story is a snapshot of a woman living the high life. I can’t quite divulge just where this spring’s story leads, but I can start talking about the polish offerings that will be flooding your local salon soon. And let me tell you: Polish manufacturers are still trying to make green happen. Kudos to them for that!

When I was parsing through the hundreds of Spring 2012 polishes, I naturally started gravitating toward the greens. For one, new textures were coming into play (see: Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream, a magnificent sparkling seafoam base flooded with gorgeous teal glitter), but also, mints are growing up with a slight blue undertone. And we all know I love me some blue.

So, I gathered up the greens that spoke to me, and thought: I am going to do a simple ombré manicure. And rather than go dark to light in order of shade gradation, I’d just mix it up. And then, to further throw this mani for a loop, I’d top it with a new-for-spring top coat that incorporates holographic glitter: China Glaze Techno. Love. It.

 Closeup of my green glitter ombre nails

The result is simple, but still utterly cool. And, it garnered my manicure another Tuesday NailCall on BeautyHigh.com, one of my fave beauty sites.

What colors did I use? Well, thumb to pinkie you’re looking at: China Glaze Aquadelic, Butter London Slapper, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream, Bodyography Airy Fairy, and Color Club Blue-Ming—all topped with China Glaze Techno.

 Green Ombre Nails with Holographic Glitter

Why you too should have no fear: First, a word about doing a simple ombré manicure. This is truly a way for the conservative gal to have some fun with her nails. It’s not straight-up, out-there nail art. Think of it as a very gentle way of playing with polish. Choose five, or even 10, shades in the same color family, and then paint each nail a different tone. You can do this with safer colors, like light pinks or cherry reds, and still enjoy an ombré mani without feeling like you’re getting too crazy! But, fearless beauty is about being a little out-there, so using the many different greens that spring has to offer for an ombré mani is a no-brainer. Topping the manicure off with a glitter top coat helps add depth to an already daring look.

What do you think? Will you try out an ombré green glitter manicure?

Karie L. Frost Signature


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