I came across a picture of the nails at Norman Ambrose's most recent show. It was a similar style to the gold nails with thin black tips that I have been seeing online for about a year now. But with some added gold foil to help distress the look a bit. (I have a picture of the nails at the show at the bottom of this post.) I couldn't resist, I just had to try it out.
Since Cult Nails doesn't have a gold polish, I went out and purchased L'oreal's Because You're Worth It. It seemed to be exactly what I needed to accomplish this look. Unfortunately my camera's battery was dead, so I had to take pictures using my iPhone. Sorry for the crappy quality of the pics!
This is three coats of Because You're Worth It. It is very sheer on the first coat, but with three coats it brings out the gold shimmer hidden in the polish nicely.
I then took tape and cut in into the shape I wanted as the key to this manicure is that it is not a typical french tip, but more of a deep upside down U enhancement on the very tips of your nails. I did the tape for the first nail and didn't like how it turned out, so I did the rest free hand.
On the picture above you can see the three white dots. That is just some Elmer's glue diluted in water. I put random dots on each nail and then just pressed gently on them a few times and let it almost dry. While it was still tacky I pushed the gold foil on sporadically on my nails as seen below.
The gold foil has a bit of rainbow effect in the sun and light. I love the distressed quality it gave to the nails!
Here is a snapshot of the nails at the Norman Ambrose show on the left and my nails on the right. I love how this turned out!
Now I realize that I need to make a gold for Cult Nails. But how do you make a gold polish that hasn't been done before? What type of gold would you like to see? I would like one that takes no more than two coats, non streaky, while still giving off a nice finish. Maybe something between this and a foil? Hmmm, sounds like a new project...