Hello, all! I tried freehand painting and it wasn’t a total disaster! Let’s get into it. I feel like this post is going to be… a little wordier than I’d like it to be, haha.
Bottle shot! (Color Club French Tip, OPI Ski Slope Sweetie, OPI Cinnamon Sweet, Revlon Posh, OPI You Are So Outta Lime)
I tried my hand at holly and I quite like it! To start, I applied one (!!) shiny red coat of OPI Cinnamon Sweet. On my middle and ring fingers, I applied a base of Color Club French Tip (which those of you who follow Simply Nailogical already know is the best one-coat white!), and topped it with one coat of OPI Ski Slope Sweetie.
The gold studs were ordered off the website Wish. I laid those down on top of the polish and then applied topcoat overtop of them to seal them in, rather than gluing them on top of everything because there’s no way I’d be able to pull that off without making a mess. Then, on my white nails, I used a long striping brush to paint in the holly leaves in Revlon Posh, and added dimension by going over it with OPI You Are So Outta Lime. Then a dotting tool using Cinnamon Sweet again completed the berries!
I’ve swatched Ski Slope Sweetie before, and actually did a better job of catching the gold shimmer that time (although… don’t look too closely at my flooded cuticles in those pics—yuck!).
I like that it made the white look a little less stark. It’s prettier in the light, and it sort of ties the manicure together, with the gold shimmer complimenting the gold studs.
Show me your holiday manis, guys!