You know what time it is, it’s time for another edition of Nail Art Wednesdays with Let Them Have Polish! What does she have in store for us today?
Oh yes… Yes, I definitely busted out a shatter/ crackle polish for this week’s breakdown. This past week I sat down to organize and purge my ridiculous stash. This meant I’d get to go through all of my polishes. As tedious of a task as it was, it felt like shopping my own stash…. And then I came upon my crackle and shatters Helmer drawer and had a “holy hell” moment… Actually several of them… First one was realizing just HOW many bottles of shatter/crackle polish I have… A LOT. The second was amazement that they all still worked, that they had not gone solid as some shatters are notorious for doing. The third was remembering the utter hype when these made a comeback in 2011, stores could not keep them stocked… And as much as we like to deny it now, the bloggersphere lost their collective s%^t over all the new color options and finishes made available to us in this “earth shattering” finish back then. So I thought it would be fun to bust out a shatter to show you guys that they can still be stylish (ish?).
The first step is to paint your tips with your selected base color. I went with O.P.I Did it on ‘Em from the Nicki Minaj collection. I wanted this shade to have a touch of retro feel so this odd shade of vibrant chartreuse creme seemed fitting.
It is VERY, extremely, important to top coat your base color and let it completely dry when working with shatter/crackle polishes. If the surface is not 100% dry the shatter will not work properly, and/or your base color could wrinkle under the crackle as the crackle starts to do its thing.
So, to create the shattered waves the process is stupid- simple. This method will work with any type of shattering polish. For this tutorial I went with the classic O.P.I Black Shatter. The idea is to apply the product in a wavy, zig-zagging motion starting at the cuticle and then up the nail. It is not important to cover the entire surface, but what is important is to really exaggerate the wavy motions so that as the polish begins to crackle, it does so in a wavy style, rather than in vertical chunks. It is best to tap off as much of the excess shatter polish off the brush as you can before moving forward with the waves. If the brush is too packed with polish it won’t crackle properly, and it could also flood your cuticles.
The finished look should be something like this. I think it is kind of cool because, to me, it does not look like an obviously crackled finish. Depending on the combinations of shatter and base, this could also pass off for some kind of reptile skin print. I definitely recommend waiting a moment before top coating to ensure that the shatter has shattered completely. I topped my nails off with a matte top coat by Twee & Honey. I really dig how these look matted down. You may also wear them glossy of course.
I hope you guys are feeling all nostalgic now. 😉 Don’t lie… You know you rocked the crackles…
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