Hello beautiful creatures! I know it’s been a minute. Today I wanted to share my St. Patricks Day Inspired Green Mani with you. Or I suppose you could call this Green March Madness, as in reefer madness. I love the color green almost as much as I love purple.
This was my first time ever attempting anything like a french tip shape on myself and I freehanded it instead of using guides. It’s definitely easier to do with gel polish than with regular polish, in my personal experience. This is because you can apply the french tip shape with a small art paint brush and then wipe away mistakes before you cure.
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Green Mani How-To
If you’re new to DIY nails, be sure to check out my How to DIY gel nails at home video tutorial. To give you an idea of how long it took for me to do my St. Patricks Day Inspired Green Mani, I spent about 3 hours total on it. I can typically do my nails in 2 hours or less if it’s simple and one color.
- To create my manicure after I prepped my nails, I started with Orly Nail Tip Primer to prime my nail beds.
- I etched the inside of my Apres Natural Short Stiletto full coverage tips with Apres Gel-X Prep.
- I applied a very thin coat of Orly Builder in a Bottle, paying special attention to the ‘smile’ shape by my cuticle line and cured for 30 seconds.
- I applied a second thin coat of Orly Builder in a Bottle and made sure to float a bead of gel down the center of the nail to make my very flat nail beds have a slight apex. This helps it to better match the nails.
- To adhere the Apres Natural Short Stiletto full coverage tips to my nails, I put Orly Builder in a Bottle on the inside of the full coverage tip by the cuticle line and then I also applied a light coat to my nails. Then I carefully put the tips on my nails and cured them in my flash lamp while applying pressure for about 30 seconds.
- After all the nails were applied, I then handfiled my nails and shaped them. Normally I cut off a significant amount of length, but I left them intact this time.
- I applied two very thin coats of Madam Glam Casual Friday gel polish and cured each for 30 seconds.
- I used an art brush to apply Madam Glam Green Highlighter gel polish in a french tip shape and cured that for 30 seconds.
- I switched back to Orly Builder in a Bottle and put down a thin coat. I then used tweezers to help place my iridescent four leaf clovers and cannabis leaves on my nails and cured for 60 seconds.
- I applied a few layers of Orly Builder in a Bottle to make the glitter smooth.
- I finished with iGel Beauty No Cleanse Top Coat.
How I Prep My Nails for a Manicure
Here are the simple steps I use now to prep my nails for my St. Patricks Day Inspired Green Mani.
- Push my cuticles back.
- Use 180 grit handfile at the cuticle line gently to remove any shine.
- Use 100 grit handfile on the rest of the nail to remove any shine.
- Remove any dust from the nail plate with a brush.
- Clean up the cuticle line to make a nice curve. Use cuticle nipper if necessary.
- Double dehydrate my nail plate with alcohol.
- Double prime my nail plate with Orly Nail Tip Primer
St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Green Mani
If you’re not into cannabis, you can always stick to using the iridescent four leaf clovers for a cute St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Green Mani. Or if you’re really into nail art, you could draw a pot of gold and a rainbow on your nails.
If you are fair skinned and struggle to find a good skintone hued gel polish, I recommend taking a look at Madam Glam Casual Friday. Its iridescent peachy hue looks fantastic on my very fair neutral to cool yellow olive complexion.
On a very personal note, I’ve been dealing with online harassment and a stalker again. This has made me pull back from what content I share on the internet because, quite frankly, I’m tired of it. Add in the global pandemic, and the war in Ukraine, and I’m emotionally exhausted. I pop onto Discord daily, as well as in the Hex Squad group on Facebook, to spend time with you and chat about beauty, polyamory, hair, gothic fashion and more.
How are you doing this week?