If you’re underage and shouldn’t be drinking alcohol, at least you can give my Martini Nails a try – they’re a fun way to ring in the New Year!
I’ll never forget the first time I had a classic, dry martini – it was at a German restaurant. I was so excited to try it and see what all the fuss was about because you always see classy people in movies elegantly sipping martinis. (Of course, in movies, the glasses are really just filled with water…at least I hope so!)
Not sure why, but I thought it was going to be sweet or delicious like the fruity or dessert martinis and cocktails. Haha, so the second I took my first sip, my whole face crinkled up in disgust! My then-boyfriend burst into hysterical laughter and asked me, “That good, huh?” He wished that he had brought his camera.
I had no idea if it was a ‘good martini’ or not because I had no reference to compare it to. All I remember was that it tasted like the way nail-polish remover smells. (I finished it, but that was my first and last classic, dry martini.) The best part about it was the olive…
Martini Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Twinkle Lights
- Martini Glass: Milani Nail Art (Black Sketch) – (This was sent to me by PR.)
- Green Olive: BB Couture Frontier Woman
- Milani Glosse Top Coat (This was sent to me by PR.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Martini Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply Your Base Coat
Step 2: Paint on a Base Colour
I highly recommend using a glittery polish for this because the martini glass may look too flat over a creme polish. Plus it’s the glittery polish that will make the overall look more festive.
Since I was already wearing China Glaze Twinkle Lights, that’s what my base colour is. Feel free to use a colour you already have.
Wait a few minutes for the glitter to dry a bit before proceeding to the next step. (I was painting over my existing manicure, so I just went to the next step.)
Also, just in case you were wondering why I used 2 top coats: I applied the Milani Glosse Top Coat first over the glitter and then the Seche one afterwards to make Twinkle Lights less gritty. This is because I was wearing that polish solo first. If you’re doing this nail-art design from scratch, you may want to just use one top coat and only at the last step.
Idea: You can easily create a completely different look if you opt for a dark glitter polish and then use a silver or white nail-art striper polish.
Note: Normally I use my camera’s flash to take photos of each step in a nail-art tutorial, but this time I painted my nails in the daytime (rare for me!), so I didn’t use the flash. All of the below tutorial photos are taken in natural light.
Step 3: Start the Martini Glass
Using a black nail-art striper polish, create triangles closer to your cuticles. These will be the tops.
(If you don’t have a nail-art striper polish, you can use a striper brush dipped in black polish. Just make sure the bristles are long – that makes it way easier to paint straight lines.)
You’ll notice that I made all my triangles different. I did that so the final outcome would look more fun and less like just a straight line of martini glasses.
Idea: You could easily make these wine or champagne glasses instead of martini glasses. Rather than triangles, simply draw “U”s on your nails with a horizontal line covering the top.
Step 4: Create the Stems
At the bottom of the triangle, add a long line.
Step 5: Paint the Base
At the end of the line, paint a short one that’s perpendicular to it.
Step 6: Fill in the Glass
I filled in the entire glass – there’s no half-full or half-empty debate!
You could leave just an outline, but I feel like with my colour scheme, solid black is more dramatic.
Idea: Consider using another-coloured polish to paint in the ‘liquid’ in this glass.
Step 7: Add a Green Olive
Put a drop of green nail polish onto your piece of foil. Then, dip a small dotting tool into the polish. Add one ‘olive’ per glass…unless you’d like more than one, of course!
Be patient, and wait a good 15 minutes or longer before proceeding to the next step. You want the thick layers of polish to dry and not smear when you add a top coat.
(I often like to watch some TV while waiting for it to dry. When you’re watching crappy brain-rotting reality shows, it just makes the time fly by. )
Idea: You could add a long thin line coming out of the olive for a toothpick. Also, consider painting on streamers and other festive decorations around your nail with a nail-art striper – just draw long, loopy lines!
Step 8: Add a Top Coat
If you’re of the legal drinking age, what is your favourite alcoholic beverage? (Mine’s tequila!) If you’re under-age, what is your favourite non-alcoholic beverage? What are your New Year’s Eve plans?
Edit: I was extremely flattered when I found out that someone was inspired to do a YouTube video featuring my martini nail-art design! Awesome! Hers turned out so well!