This column was feeling a bit stuck in a Marvel rut (although, to be fair, there are definitely worse ruts in which to be stuck), so this week I branched out to another super popular franchise. We’re having a bit of a heat wave up in my hometown, so what better way to cool things down than to tackle a Frozen manicure?
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To be honest, I lied to you in the introduction. Admittedly, I, like Olaf, love the idea of summer, but can’t actually physically handle the heat, but the real reason I chose to do a Frozen manicure was that I was inspired by two colors from essie’s summer 2015 line: Saltwater Happy, and Private Weekend. Basically, I saw them sitting next to each other in my grocery store’s nail polish section and immediately started singing my new Frozen soundtrack remix “Do You Want a Frozen Manicure”, much to the great embarrassment of my husband.
Now, those of you who are familiar with essie might notice that the above pictured color is not Saltwater Happy, but rather Mint Candy Apple–an older color, but still available in most stores. Honestly, the only reason I used it instead was that I misplaced Saltwater Happy and had a deadline.
Mint Candy Apple was the primary color because it just screamed Elsa, and I used Private Weekend for the base of the accent nail. Because the art is done with my Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Pen in silver, I wanted it to stand out, and the likelihood of it appearing muddled is lowest against a very dark or very light background.
After the nails dried fully, I drew a glorified asterisk on my finger and added a few extra flourishes at the four cardinal ends to make it really read as snowflake. For being so simple and done on the fly, it looked pretty good.
As I mentioned in my Avengers manicure post, you do need to make sure to seal any nail art drawn with these pens with a quick swipe of top coat.
Speaking of top coats, while I like the simplicity of what I achieved, I do wonder if it would have benefited from a chunky white glitter for a pumped up snow reference, or perhaps some sort of crackle top coat to look more like ice. This may call for further experimentation, and a revisitation of this theme later this year.
This isn’t the most seasonally appropriate manicure I’ve ever done, but it’s light, fun, and way less irritating to those around you than singing “Let It Go” nonstop.
Are you a Frozen fiend who has attempted a Frozen manicure? Have you seen any cool (see what I did there??) manicures themed after specific Frozen characters? Should I have explored further top coats? Let me know in the comments!
Check back next Monday to see in which fandom my nails end up next.