Buttoned Up in Blurple

Buttoned Up 1

As soon as I saw Square Hue’s West End and Julep’s Charlotte together, I knew they were meant to be.  I’ve been wanting to try this manicure for a while and these are colors that would actually look cute as a little collared shirt. Here’s how I got this look!

The tools:

A tray, dotting tool, capful of acetone and brush for edge clean up, Julep Charlotte, Square Hue West End, stencil stickers

A tray, dotting tool, capful of acetone and brush for edge clean up, Julep Charlotte, Square Hue West End, stencil stickers

The stencil stickers are actually a little treat that my darling Mr. Tipsy whipped up for me in his workshop.  They’re vinyl strips to lay on the nail to create shapes and patterns and I looooooooove them! If I didn’t have these, I would have used two binder reinforcing stickers and reversed the polishes, making Charlotte the base color.

Step one was, of course, applying base coat.  Then I used the Square Hue as my base color.  Once it was COMPLETELY dry I applied one of the stencil stickers. Never attempt using adhesive stencils of any nature (binder reinforcers, scotch tape, or vinyl stickers) until your polish is absolutely, completely dry or you will end up peeling your polish up with the sticker.

Buttoned Up Stencil

Then paint the exposed tip:

Buttoned Up TIpImmediately after painting the tip, peel the sticker straight across in one motion. This avoids the possibility of the polish drying to the sticker and leaving you with a stringy mess.  After removing the stencil, I placed a few drops of Charlotte into the tray and used the dotting tool to make the buttons. Let your buttons dry as long as possible before using a top coat.

This is the final product!

Buttoned Up 2

Buttoned Up 3

Feel free to ask questions!  I always read and respond to my comments!

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