If you like to keep your nails pretty “Plain Jane”, then I suggest you look away from this post, as this design is not for the faint of heart. These are holographic “look at me!” nails that will get your manicure noticed for sure. It’s also the sort of manicure that will make you gesture extra with your hands while you talk because you are very aware that the more they move, the more your nails shimmer and sparkle. Interested? I thought so!
First, use your small scissors to cut lots of different sizes of jagged triangle-like shapes in many different sizes and lengths. I taped a piece of tape sticky side up on the edge of the table so I could stick the tip of my shapes onto the tape to make them easier to grab with the tweezers later. Next you’ll do as many layers of nude polish as needed to get a solid colored base. Once that polish is dry, add a coat of clear polish. Then quickly grab a tissue shape and place it on the nail while it is still wet. The clear coat will act as a glue, so you want to get all your shapes onto the nail before it sets. If it does dry too quickly, just add more clear coat onto the parts of your nail you haven’t completed yet and continue to add the shapes until the nail is full. Once you have the nail covered, add a top coat of the clear polish and allow the nail to dry. Repeat until all your nails are covered, stopping to recut more shapes as needed.
I love how the hologram paper looks more pastel, clear, or deep rainbow depending on the light at the moment. As I said, this is definitely not a wallflower look, but it’s SO much fun if you’re looking for a statement item. If you decide to give it a try, holla-gram at me! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.