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Deary me, I have had one of those nights!
I have been tired pretty much all day and when it came to painting time I really was not in the mood, coupled with what looked like a messy technique… I was grumpy. After much practicing and starting again I did eventually actually come up with a design that I liked.
I ended up only doing half of my thumb with sugar spun as I could not get small strings to form for love nor money so thought I would aim for abstract statement accent. It was actually fairly easy to control where the strings stopped although be warned these thickened polish threads take A LONG TIME to dry. Especially if, like me, you do not have a quick dry spray to hand.
Believe it or not the polish I used is actually high lighter pink but my camera freaked out at the day glow intensity of the neon and transformed it into the orange you see here. I tried everything to try and get pink but no luck. I took over 60 pictures of this manicure in varying lighting conditions. Ah well, it still looks pretty funky and I am not super bothered as is is a La Femme polish with no name to identify it. The white used here is… you guessed it… Natural Collection White.
I painted all of my nails with two coats of this white and then applied the design over the top. I just used the regular polish brush to create these half frames on my fingers although my middle finger would probably have benefited from being done with a nail art brush instead. Once the designs were dry I added a coat of Collection 2000 Sparkle Top Coat that I purchased from Boots today for £2.99. It is clear polish with ultra fine irridescent shimmer it just adds a little bit of depth and wow factor (even in low light). I did not add it over the sugar spun as I was worried it would flatten the texture of the now dry stripes. I would be interested to hear if anyone did topcoat their spun!
To Sugar Spin you basically blob some polish onto a surface and wait for it to thicken so that you can pull strings from it with a toothpick or a dotting tool and then you drag these threads over your nail. I am not sure if I have decided that I like this technique but I wouldn’t mind recreating this manicure in the future in a different combination. What colours would work do you think? Ok me and my headache are off to sleep, nighty night.