Difficulty rating: Left: 5-6; Right: 4
Polish rating: Left: OH MY GOSH 031 Lime’n Lemon: A-; L’Oréal Confettis: A; Essie Licorice: A+. Right: OPI Skyfall A-; OPI Goldeneye: A-.
A closer look at the sugar spun manicure trend.
Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s post on sugaring manicures. Last week I chose two colors from OPI’s James Bond Collection: Skyfall and Goldeneye. This week I also used OH MY GOSH in 031 Lime’n Lemon, L’Oréal 916 Confettis and Essie Licorice.
I rated the manicure on the right as easier, because I only did two nails on each hand last week, so it was much less time consuming.
This week I did eight fingers total, and it took much longer than the first manicure.
The sugaring technique in itself isn’t very complicated, it just requires a clean up similar to that of water marbling (no fun!) and some patience.
For the James Bond Manicure, I painted my nails (minus my accent nails) with Skyfall – a creme that can best be described as the love-child between terracotta and blood red, so it has tones of both red and brown. The formula was pretty great – fully opaque in two coats. Pasty as I am, this polish flattered my skin tone, so for any ladies out there with an ‘English/Irish Rose‘ complexion, don’t write this one off! It did chip pretty fast, so I’d recommend wearing a topcoat with this color on its own.
I painted my accent nail with Goldeneye: a warm, honey gold colored ’glass-fleck’ formula. This has both warm gold and coppery flecks in the formula – which was just a wee bit sheer, needing 3 coats to build full opacity. It still receives an high score, however, because it’s such a unique shade! And what a shine!
You can see a bit more clearly in this photo, where Goldeneye is only in two coats that some nail line is visible (VNL).
For the spring green manicure, I painted all my nails in Lime’n Lemon to start with. This color is a ‘crelly’ (crème and jelly) formula, and is a mix between spring green… and… well… mustardy obnoxiousness. It’s one of those colors that you either love or you hate, and it’s also very hard to capture on camera. Two coats for full opacity on this one!
I then used L’Oréal in Cofettis on my accent nails. Confettis is a clear based polish (designed as a top coat) which has two different sizes of hex matte glitter in black and white. On top of this, there’s the tiniest bit of glittery shimmer in the clear formula. It was really easy to fish out the glitter pieces, compared to other glitters, and one coat was all I used for the pictures you see. You can definitely build great coverage up if you prefer more than one coat.
Once my base coats were dry for each manicure, I began preparing to do the sugar spun technique.
You’ll need a paper plate or similar, a toothpick, and your color(s) of choice. For the James Bond mani, I used the red on the gold, and the gold on the red to create an interesting effect. For the green manicure, I used Licorice for all nails except my accent nails.
Now, remember in this post, where I mentioned that when dotting it was important to move quickly because otherwise the nail polish gets stringy? Well who would have thought that’s exactly what you need to do to sugar spin!
After pouring an amount of polish on the plate, you’ll need to wait a few minutes until the polish becomes a bit tacky in consistency. Once you notice this, you can begin to stir the polish with the toothpick – until you can begin to lift the toothpick with stringy bits of polish still attached to it. See this great tutorial for more pics.
Then you need to dab the polish on the toothpick on one side of your finger and, moving quickly, drag the stringy bit over your nail to the other side. Here’s where it gets messy!
Once you are satisfied with your sugaring results, and have let your nails dry for a bit, you’ll need to clean up. I used lots of cotton buds and a paintbrush dipped in acetone to clean up around the edges. Those of you who have tried water marbling before, this is probably the same amount of mess/hassle. But the results are pretty eye-catching!
Wait for the polish to dry – remember that it can be quite thick in places! So any quick drying spray or drops you have will come in handy. Otherwise: patience is a virtue! 😉
What do you think? Have you tried sugaring before? Any tips you’d like to share? What do you think of the green? Love it or hate it?