I think it’s super important to set up your station before you ever get started on any mani especially when your mani includes nail art. I took this picture after I was finished with my mani which is why it includes the paint on the right hand side. I use a piece of tin foil for my acrylic paints because they tend to dry slowest on foil and it allows me more time. I always pour some polish remover (I use Up&Ups advanced formula – it’s not as tough on my cuticles but still tough enough to clean properly) in the cap (some people also use a small glass bowl that is sold at Sally’s). This way you can easily dip your clean up brush in the remover. I use ELFs concealer brush ($1 at Target) for my clean up. I also used 2 different nail art brushes for this mani. One with thicker bristles and one that I customized so there are only about 5-6 bristles for detailing.
The gorgeous Joy Lacquer polishes I used for this mani: Game Face, Flip of the Coin, Grid Iron and Pigskin. As well as the amazing base coat (Lay It On Me) and top coat (3…2… Oh! Quick Dry).
Start with a super fresh, clean base. This is after I used Vanish by Julep and pushed my cuticles back. In this photo I have on Lay It On Me.
Let’s start! On my pointer finger I have on Game Face (a stunning polish – black with holo glitter throughout). On my middle finger I have the ridiculously amazing holo Pigskin. And on my ring and pinky fingers I have on one of the prettiest greens I own: Grid Iron.
Let’s start with our football nail!! Joy has these amazing football and helmet vinyls. They can be used as a sticker or a stencil. For this mani, I’m using it as a stencil. I always leave a tiny little tail so I have something to easily grab with tweezers to pull the vinyl off after applying my next color. In this mani, I’ll use Game Face.
A macro just to show the vinyl up close. And look at that beautiful holo in Pigskin! Stunning!!
Who doesn’t want a holo football on their nails?! That’s right. Everyone wants one. After I painted on Game Face, I pulled the vinyl off immediately (don’t pull UP – always pull towards the direction you’re pulling [if that makes sense] so you don’t get any bleedy spots). If you wait too long and the polish on top starts to dry, when you pull it off, you’ll get stringy polish and it won’t look even. I used the lines on the football already as my guide and painted over them with white to give a true football look.
On my pinkie (which was painted in Grid Iron), I applied a coat of Flip of the Coin. Can we say gorgeous? Yes. Ridiculous. Amazing. This is only one coat!! Perfect gold glitter topper!!
Now for our Green Bay Packers logo and Cheesehead!!!! Always always always let your acrylic paint dry completely before moving on to your next step. You’ll know it’s dry because it’ll be completely matte. Also, it’s not ever going to look perfect until you apply a top coat. So don’t get discouraged! I used my thicker bristled brush and painted an oval on my pointer finger. Simple enough. For my ring finger, I free handed a cheese shape. I wanted something cartoony. You’ll see it come together as we go on. Again, don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look like anything at first. I mixed a touch of white into my yellow for the bottom part of the cheese to give it a more realistic wedge look.
Once my yellow oval was completely dry, I used a green acrylic paint and my thicker bristled brush still to paint a smaller oval right in the center of my yellow oval. Don’t forget to let this dry completely!! It’s especially important with this part to let it dry completely because we will be using white over the green. I’m sure you can imagine what would happen otherwise!! An icky green and white mess.
While waiting for my green oval to dry, I mixed together a bit of brown and yellow paints til I got a sort of Dijon mustardy color. Then I painted a couple dots in different sizes on my cheese. These are the holes in our good ol Packers cheesehead!
And finally, once my dots and my green oval were totally dry, I finished each nail. I used my thicker bristled brush for my white G. To get the really straight lines at the start and end of the G, I went back over with green just on the edges. For my finishing touches on my cheese, I used my thin bristled brush and outlined the whole thing in black.
Make sure your paint is completely 100% dry before applying top coat. If not, your black will bleed into your yellow and the white and green will mix. Obviously I used 3…2…Oh! Quick Dry top coat to finish because AMAZING. I won’t ever use another top coat!!
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When she isn’t painting cheese wedges on her nails, Lauren can be found walking the streets of Chicago with her dog, Mooshu, styling hair and eating sushi with her husband.