Day 28

Happy birthday to my babe. Technically his birthday isn’t until tuesday, but we are going out to dinner tonight. I thought today would be a good day to have a little bit of nail art dedicated to him. =)

Today’s manicure of the day utilized OPI Birthday babe, Essie Butler Please, Essie Bikini So teeny, and Alpine snow for the most part, to make a cupcake–for my cupcake!!

cupcake mani 1First start out with your base colors. On my ring finger I used Essie Bikini So Teeny. It is a nice soft blue with slight transparency with one coat and full opaqueness with two coats. The formula is not too thick, making it easy to work with. OPI Birthday babe is a very soft metallic silver, also very easy to work with. The hardest thing about metallic polishes is that you can see stroke lines sometimes, which is a reason why I mostly steer away from them.

cupcake mani 2Second, with a thin striping brush gently make lines on your ring finger to make the lines in the cupcake holder. You can get a striping brush from any beauty supply store. It is the paint brush with long thin hairs. I’m not very good with it mostly because I get really nervous and my lines come out really shaky =/ but practice makes perfect.

cupcake mani 3The following steps are done by the dotting tool. Take your dotting tool and very gently draw 3 half-circles on your nail like so–this makes the edge of your frosting. After you have done so, take your dotting tool again and dot out a “mound of frosting.” Make sure you don’t press down too hard because you may take up some of the dried polish in your layers below messing up the whole manicure. After you are done making your frosting wash the dotting tool off and use different colors for your sprinkles. For my sprinkles I used Essie Mojito Madness, Essie Cute As A Button, and Pop Sunny.

cupcake mani 4Instead of using more nail polish to paint on a cherry I just used a round rhinestone. Applying these is really easy. I used a dotting tool again with clear polish. Dip your dotting tool in clear polish and make a dot on your nail where you want to place the rhinestone. After placing your dot, use your dotting tool with the remnant clear polish to pick up a rhinestone and place the rhinestone on top of your dot of clear polish. And that’s it!

This manicure is very quick and it doesn’t take a lot of skill either.

Happy birthday, babe! ❤

Happy polishing.