For as obsessed I am with my nails, I really don't do much to take care of them. I love painting them and I love looking down and seeing long nails on my hands (I love hands in general) but I don't do much for them. So when I was sent some nail tips by the nail polish company Julep (and when I bought my mom a manicure set for Christmas) I actually started to think about how to better take care of my nails. I usually have long matte-painted nails or super sparkly ones (here and here) but I decided I would go for a little subtlety for winter. I cut them a little shorter than usual since they generally just grow long from my neglect. I stole a little of my mom's new cuticle oil, rubbed on some jasmine lotion to improve the overall health of my hands, and got to work on some powdery pink nails.
A note about the books: I have been having many conversations with myself about if I want to pursue a job in fashion and if I will feel fulfilled when doing so. I still don't know the answer, but I decided to consult some of the greats. Grace Coddington's memoir is especially interesting because I think creative direction is really what I would go into.
So for these nails I used a very light shade of pink polish. It took like 8 coats of that stuff but I finally made it to a really lovely pink base. I then applied a topcoat and pressed the powder onto it. I used this sparkley powder I got from ULTA ages ago and I never knew what it was for but it worked pretty well here, so I must have solved the mystery! I think the key was to just put a copious amount of powder on my fingers, let it dry, and wash my hands so it came off of my fingers and stayed on my nails. I actually really like the result and it seems that it was applied pretty evenly.