At first, I didn't think I needed OPI Simmer & Shimmer. I was wrong. In fact, I only own two of the Burlesque Glitters, and after loving both of them, I think I might just need to go ahead and get the rest of the collection. I need to "simmer down" before I get too excited about them.
I knew that Simmer & Shimmer was going to be hard to get it opaque, so I began with a coat of China Glaze Adore.
Once again, their Romantique Collection is great, but it shows every nail flaw (including my peely nails). I don't own too many metallic polishes for that reason. I think metallics are nice for bases to put under glitters and for stamping.
These are the steps I followed to achieve this glitter mani:
- Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat.
- Apply 1 coat of a base color (China Glaze Adore).
- Apply 2 coats of glitter (OPI Simmer & Shimmer).
- Using a color (China Glaze White On White) and a dotting tool, dot on 5 small dots in a flower pattern on your accent nail.
- Using a toothpick, drag the middle of each dot toward the flower center of the 5 dots. This gives it the "petal" look.
- Using your dotting tool and another color (China Glaze Shocking Pink), make a small dot in the center of your flower.
- Apply 2 coats of Gelous (to smooth the glitter).
- Finish with 1 coat of Seche Vite.
And just in case you're interested, here is the flower detail on the accent nail:
The fun part about flowers like this (I had never tried them before) is that they can be a little messy and still be super cute. And surprisingly, they were really easy to do! I'll have to perfect this technique for next time.