If you follow Swatch And Learn on Twitter, you’ll know that a few days ago, I woke up in the morning with a strong craving for chili. Very unusual considering I like having eggs for breakfast.
Today, I decided to pay tribute to one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast…because sometimes I’m a bit of a goofball. Normally I like scrambled eggs, but I thought that a fried, sunny-side-up egg would look cuter and less like polish poo-poo. (Yes, I am also apparently very mature, which is why I said poo-poo. And which is why I also said it a second time.)
Hope you have fun looking at my silly Fried Egg Nails! It was really simple to do, and I’ve explained it all step-by-step alongside visual aids in case you’d like to try it, too.
If you try your hand at it, maybe you could also add some bacon! (With all the scented polishes out there, it’s too bad there isn’t a bacon-scented one…although I’m not sure if I would want to smell like bacon all the time. The neighborhood dogs might chase after me…)
Fried Egg Nail Art Pictures
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- Frying Pan
- 4 coats of OPI Brand New Skates (Sparkly Grey)
- Albumen (Egg White)
- OPI Alpine Snow (Creme White)
- Misa Sugar Daddy (Glittery White)
- OPI Need Sunglasses? (Yellow)
- China Glaze Sunshine (Glittery Yellow)
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
What I Used:
- Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- China Glaze Sunshine
- OPI Need Sunglasses?
- OPI Brand New Skates
- OPI Alpine Snow
- Misa Sugar Daddy
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Nail-art brush
- Piece of tin foil
Step 1: Get all your supplies ready
Unscrew the caps for all the bottles. The last thing you want to do is struggle to open up a bottle when your nails are wet.
Step 2: Paint your nails grey
This will be the base color for the frying pan, and it’ll also provide a good contrast against the bright egg.
Quickie OPI Brand New Skates Review
The first coat went on so sheer – it took 4 thick coats to build up the opacity to what you see in the above photo! If you plan to use this shade, I suggest layering it over black so you won’t have to use as many coats.
The end result, however, is exactly what I was going for – it reminds me of a non-stick frying pan. I love how the sparkles in Brand New Skates is gold and not just silver like most shimmery silver polishes. The gold adds a touch of warmth to silver, which is more of a cold color.
Step 3: Create your egg whites
Wait a few minutes to allow for the grey to dry before continuing.
This step was so easy, and the more you ‘mess up’, the better the egg whites look! All I did was use the nail-polish brush (from OPI Alpine Snow, not the nail-art brush) to blob on some irregular-shaped egg whites. I loaded up my brush with polish and then created the shapes with a dotting motion. Then I just connected the dots and rounded out the shape.
Tip: Don’t try to make them all symmetrical. The more ‘oozey’ it looks, the better the finished look. Also, if you make them more rounded like the one on my index and middle fingers and less like the one on my ring finger, it’ll look more like fried eggs and less like a sloppy flower.
Step 4: Add the yolks
Wait a few minutes to allow the egg white to dry a bit before moving on.
Again, this step was a piece of cake. You can’t mess it up even if you tried. Just load up the brush from your bottle of yellow polish (I used OPI Need Sunglasses?) and place a yellow dot inside the white area. You don’t even have to center them. Heck…when you crack an egg, sometimes the yolk goes off to the side!
Step 6: Highlight the egg white and yolks (Optional)
Add a few drops of your glittery white and glittery yellow polish in separate sections on your piece of tin foil.
Dip your nail-art brush into the white glitter (I used Misa Sugar Daddy) and put some onto your egg white. I only added it in one section and not all over.
Dip your nail-art brush into the yellow glitter (I used China Glaze Sunshine) and highlight a small section of the egg yolk.
When you’re done this, it seems to add more dimension to the overall look. But in my photos, it’s kinda hard to see the big difference it makes.
I think it looks great with or without, so it’s a personal preference. I just like it with glitter on mine since it plays off the shimmery ‘frying pan’.
Step 7: Add your top coat
After waiting a good 10-15 minutes to allow all that polish to dry a bit, apply your favorite top coat to seal in all your hard work. The top coat also serves another purpose – it smoothes out some areas that may have been lumpy.
Step 8: Appreciate your fried egg nails & vow to buy free-run eggs at your next trip to the supermarket
Eggs are yummy! The only eggs I buy are free-run. Even though it costs a little bit more than the regular factory eggs, I feel better thinking that the chickens are treated more humanely.
Okay, so this was some silly nail art! I had fun! Did you? What do you like to eat for breakfast? Are there any other food manicures that you’d like me to do? I’m not a professional, but I’d love to try and see what I can (hehe…or can’t) do!
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