I’ve been on something of an accessories kick recently, but the one fashion detail I haven’t mentioned are pretty painted nails. A manicure makes whatever you’re wearing look polished. Ditto for toenails if one is wearing sandals. In my twenties and thirties I loved traditional colors and would go on long quests to find the “perfect” nude, white or red. Over the last few years I’ve found myself buying polish in a wider range of colors. I’ve dipped into bright blue, teal, shimmery sea green, and navy blue as well as tomato red, bright pink and a whole bunch of glitter polishes. As much as I like the wild colors I always seem to find my way back to my favorite simple nude shades.
Wild nails colors and incredible nail art are a big trend at the moment, however, and those classic nude colors can seem a little dull in comparison. When I found this photo of nude nail polish with big flecks of gold glitter, I knew I had to try the look myself. It’s neither too boring nor too wild.
For the nude base coat I painted my nails with two coats of “Private Viewing” by Wet n Wild. Its a fairly opaque peachy-flesh-colored polish with a tiny amount of shimmer. This brand lasts for days on my nails without chipping so I thought it would be a good color to use to keep the polish on all weekend. (Indeed, you can see from the images that it had already started to grow out when I took the shots.)
The obvious choice for the random sized gold glitter top coat was the fabulous “Boom Boom Pow” by Deborah Lippmann. Unfortunately it’s kind of expensive, but I’ve looked for a dupe at the drugstore for ages without any luck. Sephora sells a polish that looks almost the same called Only Gold for Me. I waited until the nude color had dries completely and then painted two coats of the gold glitter on top.