It is my belief that the only girls-only event better than the traditional slumber party is one that takes place in the comfort of my kitchen cum living room cum dining room cum bathroom, with a round glass table covered in Sally Hansen towels and the most outrageous and simultaneously majestic accoutrements. For visual reference, see: pom poms, pipe cleaners, silver foil, glitter, metallic stars, and a vast-enough amount of green shades of nail polish to perfect the ideal kale nail. Yes, kale nail.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Leandra, you ass brain with a brain made of ass, you don’t even wear nail polish, what are you talking about? And while you’re not completely wrong (I’ve gone through stealthy phases of both refusing to look at my finger tips without at least two shades of blue cloaking them and the same gesture but only in favor of bare nails), when it comes to dress up, nail art, and the ability to learn to do it myself implementing the sage advice of Sally Hansen’s own seasoned expert, there is virtually nothing I won’t try. With the help of Tracylee and Man Repeller illustrator-and-so-forth extraordinaire, Charlotte, I learned that while limb jewelry is great, finger jewelry just might be greater, cheaper and easier to shower with.
Now, in four such overzealous nods to an approaching spring/summer, we celebrated with bright colors and lots of texture. One set of nails was a salute to that rainbow rubber Delfina Delettrez collar (in order to perfect the stripes, Tracylee suggests using a thin paint brush), another to Emoji emoticons (we mixed colors–yellow and purple–to procure a poop-yeah!), one to Spongebob, now being referred to as Thumbob exclusively (outlining his visage is key, painting it in is phase II), and finally, the kale nail (with practiced the art of negative space on nails, too). Watch the video below to pick up some tips, tricks and maybe a giggle or two from the professionals, me not included. Though I did paint a red bracelet on to Charlotte’s wrist, a mole onto my face and between us, there is still so much glitter polish permeating my table, you’d think it’s been there from the get-go.
The most important thing we learned on this day is that topcoat is key and quick-dry is not a myth. The most important thing you will learn today is that if you submit your nail art images to Instagram and Twitter tagged #iheartnailart, someone will be watching and may very well offer you a really, really rad prize.
Video by Naomi Shon, music by Wynter Gordon (song title: The Lucky Ones.)