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50 Shades of Nail Polish

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I recently suffered from an addictive buying streak: nail polish. Glitter, teal, crackle, white. You name it I probably have it. My 13 year old sister was stunned by my collection and actually decided to count how many colors I had. The total came to fifty: 50 shades of nail polish.

Before I dive into my post I’d like to provide you with some background on nail polish; Nail painting has been around since the 17th and 18th centuries, even portraits of the Incas included shiny nails. That being said, modern day nail polish wasn’t created until 1917.

 FUN FACT: Nail polish as we know it today is actually a refined version of the paint on cars.

Back in the days of its creation, nail polish was worn in boring colors like brown and clear or pink and red. Luckily, today’s culture has evolved and nail polish is now made in some eye popping colors and even patterns. For example, the crackle nail polish creates a cracked look on the surface of the nail. The crackle is generally worn with two contrasting colors. (One color is the base color; the other is the layer of crackle on the top)

Currently, nail polish colors and different nail styles can even identify with different groups of people. For example, black nail polish is commonly associated with the “Goth” or “Punk” culture where as colors like pink and red are seen as very feminine and girly.  French manicures are often associated with special occasions; giving nails a clean and natural look, and appearing very innocent.

Glitter Accent Nail

My favorite trend is glitter nail polish. Glitter nail polish is fun, feminine, bright, and shiny! You can wear glitter nail polish in a couple different ways. The most popular way is to paint your nails and then do a coat of glitter on just one as an accent nail.Typically the accent nail is on your ring finger, although I have seen it on the thumb or index finger.           

Solid Glitter Nail Polish

Since glitter nail polish is mostly just glitter it requires a few coats if that’s the only polish you plan on applying. Since there is more glitter and less actual nail polish it does dry faster! On the flip side though, it tends to flake off more easily and may require a lot of maintenance. My solution is to try doing a base coat of clear polish if you have the time. Some of the glitter nail polish can also feel rough so I suggest applying a top coat of clear as well.

The third way I suggest wearing glitter nail polish is over another solid color. For example, putting down a base coat of blue and adding blue glitter (that way you don’t need to do a million coats of just glitter). Or you could do a base coat of black and add some orange glitter for Halloween. *NOTE* look at your glitter nail polish before you apply it over another color! Some of them are tinted and some of them are clear! The best way to tell is to remove the brush from the bottle and look at the nail polish outside of the bottle. It would be a bummer to try and add blue glitter accents on a yellow nail and have it turn green because of a blue tint in the glitter.

Nail polish is a fun way to express yourself and add some flare to your style. Nail polish is the best because you can get colors for any season and any occasion, it’s not too expensive, and you can use it more than once.  So enjoy painting your nails, it’s not permanent like a tattoo so don’t be afraid to try new things.  When you have 50 shades of nail polish, there are endless possibilities. Happy painting!

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