The Puppeteer

Well hello again!  This week was all about trying something I’ve been eyeing for a while now… nail powder! I used to think that I couldn’t use powders at all since I don’t wear gel polish.  But then, I started seeing all these Youtube videos about how to use them without gel polish, and I got extremely excited.  So I went ahead and bought a few nail powders from Twinkled T.  For this mani, I just used the Puppeteer powder that they sell.  I wanted to try so much more, but I didn’t want to get overwhelmed and start screwing things up.  There were a ton of videos that I watched for reference on how to do this, but the main one was from JauntyJuli because she used everything that I already had.

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear – Black Out
  • 2nd Color:  Glisten & Glow – OG Snowman
  • 1st Top Coat:  UNT – Peel Off Base Coat
  • 2nd Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Twinkled T Puppeteer powder
  • eye shadow applicator
  • nail polish remover
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • Bundle Monster Mini Lotus Mat

I started with base coat, and one coat of the black and gray polish on every other nail.  I knew that this was going to be time sensitive, so I set everything up beforehand in the order that I might need it.  I decided to only work on one finger at a time until I actually knew what I was doing.  And it was also just in case I royally screwed up, then i could just stop after a nail or two.

Once the first coat was dry, I added the black polish to my pinky nail and somewhat patiently waited for it to get tacky. I then used an eye shadow applicator to apply the powder. And it worked great! Except that I didn’t let it dry long enough and/or rubbed too hard and it got all smudged. I rubbed it out with my finger which did smooth it out some, and also added to the shine.

Since I would call my pinky a success, I kept going with my other nails. And this time I did about three at a time. Which actually messed me up once I got to my right hand because by the time I was done with two of them, my third nail was too dry to let the powder stick. And I also had some more trouble with not letting it dry and rubbing too hard. But I think by the time I got to my right hand pinky I was getting the hang of it.

The next step was to add peel off base coat to seal in the powder without making it lose it’s chrome effect. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of rinsing off my left hand before the peel off base coat could dry, so when I added the normal top coat it lost some of it’s shine.  And then for my right hand, I added the top coats on correctly, but fell asleep before it could dry.  So I woke up to lines and marks on my nails.  Luckily, that was after I took all my photos.

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You can see the powder more on my left hand

Overall, it was so much fun to finally get to work with nail powders.  And even though they aren’t perfect, I think they look really great.  For my first time, and for not using gel polish, I’m pretty proud.  Plus, it didn’t take very long and I learned a lot from this one manicure.  Hopefully by the next time I use nail powders, I’m even better.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Update:

So on Monday, I stayed home sick and guess what I decided to do with my time?  Redo my nails!  The peel-off base coat made them feel so much more fragile, and I hated all the blanket marks I had gotten on them from falling asleep too early.  I’ve got to say, it was a lot easier the second time.  Probably because I wasn’t as scared of screwing them up.  You can see that the second attempt at this mani still ended the week with some wear and tear.  But it’s still better than where they were at by Monday.

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