Who doesn’t love jewel tones? They’re so rich and luxurious – not necessarily super bright, but eye-catching and completely inviting nonetheless. I wanted to do something with a bunch of jewel tones, and I really love how this came out!
I didn’t want to do anything too crazy since I knew I’d be using five different colors, so I decided to do a tiny line of gold down the center of each nail, to sort of unify the look. I chose China Glaze’s 2030, my fav chrome that’s a fabulous cool-toned champagne, and did one coat on each nail (two on a few, where my application sucked and I made it smudgy). I applied a light coat of top coat and let it dry for about the length of one episode of Gilmore Girls (my sister and I started a rematch when it came to Netflix, and we’re almost to season four – my favorite, which I know is controversial, but I love it!). Then I carefully applied one piece of striping tape down the center of each nail. It was pretty easy to eyeball, and even my left hand looks mostly straight. #winning
From there I did two coats of each jewel-tone color. Sexy Divide was the one I had to be really careful with, since it’s really streaky and – oddly for a dark metallic – kinda sheer? It usually needs three coats but I somehow managed to apply the perfect thick-but-not-too-thick coat first, so the second coat covered beautifully. Make sure your tape is super secure before you paint over it – I should’ve pressed down a little harder, because on a few of my nails the top color seeped under the tape, but it’s not too bad.
I wanted to do all metallics but I didn’t want to throw a red, the only other metallic jewel tone I had, into the mix, so I ended up using Butter London’s Wallis on my thumb. It’s a shimmer, which bothers me a tiny bit because I wanted a uniform metallic formula, but I love the golden olive with the other hues so I’m pretty pleased! All of these colors are so gorgeous, I can’t even deal – Mason and Giovanna are probs my favorite, they’re just so glowy and vibrant, ugh, I love them! I wanted to keep this mani on for Thanksgiving but it definitely started to chip after a day or so because a) Butter London formula that hates me, b) dinner prep. I ended up just having to touch it up because I ran out of time to do a brand new mani, and I’m glad I did because I really, really loved this look, it’s so gorgeously fall!
I meant to have this up before Thanksgiving, but then I got busy, so I hope all my US readers had a lovely Thanksgiving/are having a nice long weekend/managed to snag some great Black Friday deals! (I definitely spent way too much, but they were mostly presents so I can’t be too annoyed with myself.) Thank you so much for reading! I’ll see you next time – A x