As I type, the Grammy Awards are on TV (one of my favourite award shows for sure!) and some of the definite highlights (so far) were Kendrick Lamar’s performance as well as Lady Gaga’s perfect tribute to David Bowie. The red carpet did not disappoint either with some highlights being Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, Kaley Cuoco and ‘it’ couples Chrissy Teigen and John Legend as well as Bella Hadid and The Weeknd.
Another great red carpet look this year was country singer Kacey Musgraves who wore a stunning, ombré Armani Privé gown. This dress serves as great nail art inspiration with the bold colours and ombré effect.
To create this design, start with a dark shimmery polish and apply two coats. This helps emulate the dark background of the gown as well as a hint of shimmer. Once the dark polish has dried, start with the middle colour, in this case an indigo, and use a dotting tool to create random dots all over. Make sure to leave a few spaces so the black can peek through. Next, move on to the top colour which is a bright, medium toned purple. Again, create dots using the same dotting tool and make sure some go down into the blue shade. Next, move to the teal colour at the tip of the nail, using the same technique as the previous two colours.
To create a better ombré effect, mix the colours that are next to each other and then create dots between the two colours. So mix the indigo blue and purple together (50:50 mix) and the indigo blue and the teal together (50:50 as well).
Typically, you want to wait 5-10 minutes before applying top coat but in this case, apply your top coat right away. It will slightly blend the colours together and add to the ombré effect. You can even use a top coat with a bit of shimmer in it (like the Essence Let Stars Rain Down on Me! top coat) to add a touch of sparkle to the finished look.
Polishes Used: OPI I Manicure for Beads, OPI Center of the You-niverse, China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise, and Chanel Vibrato.
What were some of your favourite looks from the red carpet?
til next time…
Disclaimer: Some of the polishes used in this look were sent for consideration/review.