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Yes, I know I am English but I can’t resist doing Fourth of July manicures – the tri colour and stars and stripes theme is a really fun yearly challenge for me. I used the last of my OPI Alpine Snow for this and it was totally worth it.
I used two coats of my crusty goopy left overs and to this polish’s credit it still just about self leveled and no major bubbles or bald patches. I am not kidding when I say I scraped the brush around the bottle to get the leftovers out. I finished the base with a coat of topcoat to speed up drying and just even out any imperfections for the next step.
That’s right – the colours are sharpies! To get this water colour effect I applied the sharpie ink onto some tin foil and then spritzed with some alcohol which releases the pigment into a paint. I applied with one of my Born Pretty Store brushes starting with the blue and once that was dry I added the red. This really has a personality of its own and the layered colours do all the work for you in making the effect. This was my first time trying this technique and the colours did cling a little to my dry cuticles HOWEVER when I removed this manicure it didn’t actually stain them. So just a little bit of careful application and you’ll be fine. The other thing to note is that topcoat does lighten the colours – much the same as with actual watercolours the dried look is lighter than the wet. Additional note: DO NOT put your sharpie in alcohol… you will wreck the pen. I picked up my set of 18 colours for just £8.99 in WH Smith and can’t wait to do more nails – I was really impressed that even on my super shiney HK Girl topcoat this does not ball up – it wants to cling to that polish.
For final touches I added a single silver star stud (I am not sure where I got this from but it comes in a wheel with lots of other silver and gold shaped studs) and this great pop art statue of liberty stamped design from BP38 which is the American themed stamping plate from the second set BPS released. Don’t forget you can get 10% off with my exclusive XPG10 code.
So what do you think? I had so much fun doing these nails and they were so super quick. What do you think? Are you doing your nails for Fourth of July? Whether in the UK or US or anywhere else in the world I hope you have a great week!