Hello, folks! I had not quite intended to post on two consecutive days, but I did a mani for an Instagram friend’s birthday and I only realized her birthday was yesterday after I had posted my last mani. The goal was to recreate one of the birthday girl’s manis, and I chose this lovely delicate fairy wing mani. The first picture is her mani and the bottom one is my recreation.
To start off, I put down a base of two coats of the original unicorn pee (OGUP) topper, Snow Glowbe, by Tonic Polish. It is a clear top coat with tiny red-gold-green shifting OGUP and large and small iridescent hex glitters that shift orange-gold-green. There are two versions of this polish, Snow Glowbe and Snow Globe, the former being tinted a faint pinkish hue because of the glow-in-the-dark pigment and the latter is clear and does not glow.
I stamped over the two coats with Moyra black stamping polish and Moyra Lacelove (plate #15). Then, I went over it again with two more coats of Snow Glowbe to make a jelly sandwich and dull the stamping for a more organic wing-y appearance. Finally, I finished off with some matte topcoat.
I’m quite enamoured with this mani! It looked so ethereal and delicate. I cannot think of a better base than Snow Glowbe for a fairy wing mani; the glitters sparkle and twinkle and look quite magical! The glitter dispersal is very even and I did not have to put any effort into fishing them out or spreading evenly. I’m not generally huge on unicorn pee polishes and don’t quite get the hype over them, but I have found I really love UP toppers on their own as the base or in negative space manis.
I also recently learnt how to photograph glow-in-the-dark polish. It’s not the best/sharpest picture, but it is my first successful shot after many an attempt! I think fairy wings must glow in the dark, don’t you?
Let me know what you think of this in the comments below. Do you love UP polishes? Do you have any tips for photographing glow-in-the-dark polish? I’ll be back soon with another mani. Toodles!