A step too far?

One thing I struggle with is knowing how much is too much. I’ll start with a nailart idea and then think wouldn’t this be great with glitter, crystals, a contrasying accent nail, a glitter topcoat…and before long I’ve gone all OTT and ruined my mani.

The manicure below is a perfect example of this. I began with the idea of bright pastel nails with contrasting coloured V’s – think hazy, festival prisms.

My polishes:

ModelsOwn Pastels

OPI Chromes

My tools:

Top Coat & Tape

Step by step guide:

OTT base

1. Pastel base colours


V cut outs

2. Tape of V-shapes and paint centres with chromes

Gravity coat

3. Add a coat of Gravity to the V’s

4. I then painted the whole nail with the Gravity top coat

4. I then painted the whole nail with the Gravity top coat

So, I could have stopped at the chrome V’s, I should have stopped at the Gravity V’s and the full coat of glitter top coat was just way too OTT. If I had been organised and thought ahead I could have used a nail wheel to try out a few different designs before jumping in and painting my whole hand in the design. It’s not just frustrating thinking about the wasted time I spent painting them but also the waste of polish as I only wore this mani for less than 24 hours before changing it!

Green nail CUPurple CUWhite CU


So tell me:

Do you ever go one step too far with your nail art? Do you plan your ideas in advance or just go for it? Do you ever hear the voices in your head shouting ‘step away from the glitter’?


About lushnails

I'm a qualified Nail Technician based in Liverpool. This blog is my way of sharing some of my favourite techniques, products and nail designs. I love all things rainbow-coloured and spangly! Hope you enjoy reading/viewing :)

Posted on June 5, 2014, in Hints and Tips, Nail Art and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Why yes, I do! LOL great post!

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