Good morning polished world! How are you all today? Hopefully you are nice and rested since it is a Sunday. I think I have slept more in the past 24 hours than I have all week. That's what the weekend is for though, right?
Last week I attended a gala with a bunch of my coworkers thanks to my very generous boss. I work for such an amazing company, it's truly a blessing. It was such a fun night which raised money for a great cause. I'm not going to lie, my coworkers and I stressed though over what to wear for the longest time. While everyone was stressing mainly over their outfits, I was stressing over my outfit and nails. What does one wear to a gala?? What is gala appropriate nail art?! Is there such a thing?!
I decided to wear a black high low dress with a floral design which I wore to my friends wedding last year. I did a similar manicure with a splash flower in coral/orange, so I decided to go with the same theme. Something subtle and yet something that still was eye catching. And since it matched the dress, I didn't believe it was obnoxious at all and totally gala appropriate.
Let's take a look!
- Zoya - Cole
- Sally Hansen - Kashmir Valley
- Orly Instant Artist Black
- Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
For my gradient nails, I started off with a base coat of Zoya Cole. This polish is from the Awaken collection and is a gorgeous peachy-orange cream. It almost reminds me of a creamsicle. It applied evenly in three coats. You could have gotten away with two if you did a thicker second coat, but three was really what I think this polish needed.
When that was dry, I took Kashmir Valley from the Complete Salon Manicure line and sponged it on the tips. This polish is a beautiful peachy-coral color with pink undertones. I actually wore it on my toes for the gala and it was beautiful and matched my dress and manicure so well. Anyways, when it came to sponging, it was perfect and made the tips of my nails dark enough and created a gorgeous gradient.
For the flowers, with just an itty bitty amount of Cole on the brush, I painted three swipes onto the nail for the flower. I then used Kashmir Valley and added the centers of the flower. With my striper, I added the outline of the flowers, used a dotting tool to add some dots, then added some Out the Door and went on my merry way! I love how the flowers look next to the gradient.
What do you think? Fan of this look? I really should take a photo of the dress and share it on Instagram or something.
Now that I'm looking at the photos more, I feel that it is oranger than what it was in person. Meh oh well!
Until next time, <3.