This week I went on a literary manicure spree and I’ve been having so much fun. You can see my Ghana Must Go mani and my This Is How You Lose Her over on the DopeReads Instagram page.
The book I chose for this mani was “Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah. It came out while I was in middle school and was “the” book for all the cool girls and the cover is iconic. Also, my Twitter homie @ladyeic said she would try a CWE mani too, so I wanted to see what spin I could put on it.
Step 1. Prepare your materials.
I’ll be doing an ombre nail (h/t to Glamour article for this ombre how-to). For that you will need:
Fuschia nail polish (I use Sinful Colors – cheap and deeply colored)
Royal Purple Nail Polish
Yellow Nail Polish
A plastic sheet (to mix the ombre)
A toothpick or other mixing tool
French tip stencils
Step 2. Paint your nails the base color (in this case, fuschia pink). Let dry thoroughly
This color I have from Sinful Colors is matte and dries really quickly.
Step 3. After nails have dried, drop two globules of pink polish on the plastic sheet. Then, drop two globules of the purple polish on the plastic sheet. Mix the middle with your toothpick (or other tool) to create the gradation
Step 4. Dab your sponge into the polish, and dab onto your nail. Repeat for the saturation of color you desire for the nail. Let dry. The tips might require more than one round of dabs from the sponge.
Ok, thoughts? How close to the cover did I get? I decided to just do the thumb with a yellow French tip because a) it was easier and b) it looked better. Leave me suggestions for other books down in the comments!