For a while it was the dot manicure, now it's the scalloped or tulip manicure, also known as the sweetheart manicure. I'm obsessed, which you know if you've been following along. (If you're new to the scalloped or tulip manicure, click here for the scalloped mani story and how-to video.)
This time at Tips Nail Bar in Toronto, I asked owner Leeanne Colley if we could try glitter with my scalloped manicure. "Let's do CND Additives," she said.
CND Shellac is a hybrid soak-off formula, part polish and part gel. The polish part means Shellac is slightly less durable than an all-gel formula. My naturally weak nails need gel to stay strong, so Leeanne began with two coats of Entity soak-off-gel base coat, which we cured after each application.
Next was a scalloped or tulip application of CND Shellac in Silver Chrome. After we cured that, Leeanne used a small flat brush with a squared tip to press CND Additives Glitter in Denim Geode over the scalloped shape of the polish. A carefully applied layer of top coat and a final cure finished the look.
My glittery scalloped manicure is similar to the Prismatic mani Leeanne did for mega-star Katy Perry when she was last in town -- just smooth, rather than chunky. (See the Katy Perry Prismatic how-to video here). You can get a similar effect at home with a suitable nail polish, or with a fine silver glitter.
Fees for Shellac manicures vary from salon to salon.
What do you think?