Monday, March 10, 2014

Icebreaker Nails

Hi all!

So today's nail art is another NailsByNeenie original, inspired by my desire to see the snow and ice break away and let some sunshine in! As such, I'm calling them my winter "Icebreaker" nails! Not only do they give me hope for warm weather and sunshine, they are also craaaaazy EASY. The super simple steps are after the photo:

1.) Apply a base coat to add a smooth surface for your polish and to protect your natural nail. I used OPI's "Natural Nail Base Coat."
2.) Apply two coats of a light blue polish to all your nails. I used Orly's "Skinny Dip." (Side note: I really like the saturation of color in the Orly polishes, but their brushes are tiny. I have large nail beds, so it takes a few strokes on each nail to get full coverage.)
3.) This step is wear we break up the ice! After your blue polish has had a little time to set, apply one coat of a glittery crackle polish, preferably silver-toned (or white, which is obviously snowy! haha). I used China Glaze Crackle Glitter polish in "Luminous Lavender" because it has a subtle silvery tint to it that I really like. Make sure when you use your crackle polish that you don't put on a thick layer and that you work quickly. It starts to crack right away so you don't want to put a layer over one that is already cracking.
4.) Wait a bit for the nails to dry before applying a fast dry top coat. If you put it on too soon, it might smear the polish. I used my #1 choice for top coat, Seche Vite.

I hope you find this cute, fun and super easy to do, but most importantly, I hope it gives us something to look forward to--like spring! :-)

If you have any questions, or if my directions completely lost you, just drop me a line at

Have fun recreating this ice-breaking design!