Hello Lovely Ladies!!!!
I can’t remember the last time I was this personally eager to share a post with you.
While I enjoy every style of nailart, I get the most positive feedback for my skittlette manicures; many of you might know me for the ‘skittlette manicure’ and the most frequently asked question sent my way is “how do you come up with your skittlettes?!”.
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While I am not too sure I pioneered this manicure look (it may have very well existed on the runways or elsewhere?), it is one that I had a small part in naming and defining, and one that is definitely a personal favourite!
* I also encourage you to visit So Nailicious! as I share more skittlette tips/tricks there today as well! *
The HISTORY of the Skittlette (as far as I know it):
A loooooonng time ago, when we walked 30 miles to school and back, barefoot, uphills both ways…well, not THAT long ago ,… I featured a manicure (click HERE for the manicure in question) on my blog that had two different accent nails. At that time, still wet behind the ears, I called it a skittles manicure, and was corrected by a fellow reader who accurately said that that was not a skittles look as not all of the nails were different. I turned to Twitter and asked “is there a term for a manicure with two different accent nails?!?”. To my surprise there was no ‘label’ put on such a look…
The first official ChitChat Nails skittlette can be found HERE!
Not quite a full skittles look, a skittlette manicure is one with at least two different accent nails. Pick any formation/order you wish, but for a true skittlette at least two nails need to be the same (the others can all be different) OR two pairs of identical nails and a different nail.
For those of you who like math/equations. A skittlette can be any of the following:
AABBC, AAABC, AABCD
(in any order on your nails so that AAABC=ABCAA=AACBA)
So now we come to the BIG QUESTION:
“HOW do you skittlette, Marta?!?!”
I think of a skittlette as “dressing my nails”.
For an outfit to be complete you need Pants, a Shirt, and Accessories.
Think of the three elements of a skittlette in these terms !
Therefore my favourite way to skittlette is as follows:
You all know that I love to be matchy-matchy… so I do tend to create looks in which all of the shades compliment each other (rather than contrast).
My personal rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t wear the elements all together in one outfit, do NOT put them on your nails at the same time You want your manicure/outfit to have flow rather than for the elements to compete for attention and create a busy/noisy mess.
1. Pick a starting point: What would you like to “wear” (on your nails) today. It might be a certain color, or particular stamp, or a freehand-technique you’ve been itching to try. It might be an actual piece of clothing from YOUR collection that you would like to create a matching manicure to! (are you starting to see how fun matching could be? ).
In this case, I chose a shawl as my source of inspiration (more sources for possible inspiration later in the post):
please note: while the shawl is my main source of inspiration, I will “dress my nails” into a skittlette INSPIRED by it
2. The shawl’s ‘busy’ element will become my “shirt”; following the hand-diagram above, I tend to dress the “shirt” or pattern/design on my ring and middle finger:
3. The “pants” – manicure-wise speaking- I tend to wear in cream/solid colors and on my pointer and thumb.
4. Now for the fun part! What girl doesn’t like accessories!? RIGHT?! I tend to wear my accessories which are sparkly, and ‘bold’ in color on my pinky (the small surface of the pinky makes them a little less in-your-face overpowering). I LOVE textured shades, like OPI’s Liquid Sands as my ‘accessories’; they sparkle and add the perfect finishing and complimentary touch.
If you stopped and did NOT add accessories, you would simply have a manicure with two accent nails
The ‘accessory’ nail is the one I often have the most fun with. This nail allows me to try the brighter and glittery shades that I would normally not reach for in a full-manicure
Now that our nails are fully dressed, the skittlette is complete.
This is a AABBC skittlette
DOs and DON’Ts
* DO make sure that all of your colors and designs compliment each other. You could actually physically place nail polish bottles side by side just to see if you like them together). While you could create a skittlette with contrasting colours, I personally prefer to work with shades that compliment each other to create cohesion within the manicure. Think about your own wardrobe as a trustworthy guide.
* DO look around you for skittlette inspiration. Look at:
• home décor (pillows, curtains, carpet, wall art),
• clothing (children’s clothing OR clothing with a lot of colors/patterns can be very helpful),
• packaging (even a cereal box can be a source of color/pattern inspiration).
• Turn to Pinterest (fashion OR those color palettes )
• Nature (bugs, flowers etc)
* DO have fun with it. While I shared some guidelines, there really is no right or wrong way to skittlette. Do what feels right to YOU!
* DO play around with different polish finishes and textures. As a general rule I do NOT mix two textured, two glitter or two shimmer shades together; I find that this creates a very “busy” look that takes away from the manicure cohesion. Pairing a textured polish with a cream and a ‘focal-point’ stamp allows for each element to play nicely together.
* DO change your skittlette around (for example, the next day I could remove the ‘berry pants’ and put on a pair of beige khakis or a pair of coral capris for a softer look ). This is one of my favourite parts of the skittlette- you can get a different look by repainting only a few nails!!!! As a busy-mommy who is always on the go, this time saver is a huge plus
* DON’T make your skittlette too buys (ex. Using three different glitters, or two accent nail patterns that do not compliment each other).
* DON’T use too many finishes. For my skittlettes I usually use one cream, one glitter/texture polish and a stamp.
If you do the skittlette well, you will have a manicure in which each nail contributes to the overall look. You will have the opportunity to wear a few of your favourite shades at once (who doesn’t like that), and possibly throw in a fun technique/stamp.
I hope you found this mini how-to skittlette tutorial helpful?!
I encourage all of you to try a SKITTLETTE!
I again encourage you to visit So Nailicious! as I share more skittlette tips/tricks there today as well!
THANK YOU FOR READING!
For this manicure I used:
pinky: OPI Tiffany Case
ring & middle finger: OPI MBSW stamped with PUEEN48 (as requested by Jajuana from Mani's by Moore)
pinter & thumb: OPI A Definite Moust-Have I also added four blue rhinestones (to create 'flow')