Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Nail Art Technique You’ve Never Tried Before (Spun Sugar)

22 Aug

Okay so I’ve been asked by some people (you know who you are) to make a wordpress site in addition to my tumblr one (as if I’m not busy enough!) for those who aren’t super cool tumblr users like myself. So from now on I will be posting my “important” posts over here at as well at I’ll still be having major fun and excitement reblogging things over on tumblr though, so you should probably also check that out.

Anyway on to business!

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So this week’s challenge is… Nail Art Technique You’ve Never Tried Before! And since I’m so new to nail art (and nail polish in general) this one was pretty wide open for me! I had literally dozens of options to chose from but, like always, I was on a bit of a time crunch so I picked this technique called “spun sugar.” I’ve seen this technique a couple of places and I thought it looked really neat (and a lot like it might be useful around Halloween, haha) so I decided to have a go. Here’s how it went down:

Step 1: It’s weird for me not to say base coat, base coat, base coat first and always but actually the first thing to do is pour out a generous amount of polish onto a plastic sheet and then just leave it alone. This is for the “spun sugar” part of the mani. It’s a good idea to stir it once every couple of minutes using a toothpick or dotting tool.

Step 2: Base coat (I used Smooth Operator, my go-to ridge filler)

Step 3: Base color (I kept my cupcake pink from yesterday’s Try It On Tuesday because, like I said, I was pressured for time)

Step 4: (I’m impatient so I applied Seche Vite over my base color and moved right on to paint 4 of my nails with this vibrant multi-colored glitter polish because I knew I didn’t have the time or patience to use the spun sugar technique on all of them) Stir the pool of polish on the plastic sheet and wait until it starts forming little strings. When it’s really stringy (takes about 10 minutes in my experience), put your finger next to the pool of polish and take your toothpick or dotting tool and pull the the strings across your fingernail. Add as many strings as you like or have polish for. Repeat for each nail.

Step 5: Top coat (you don’t have to wait long for the spun sugar to dry, it’s surprisingly quick).
I really liked the finished look of this mani, but it took more time than I would normally dedicate. It also used A LOT of polish. Luckily I had some Sally Girl minis hanging around. I never thought I’d get a chance to use them!

The polishes I used for this were:

  • Base color: Color Club pastel pink
  • Glitter: Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters
  • Spun Sugar: Sally Girl Spoiled

And check out the other lovely ladies with their challenge manis!

12 Responses to “Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Nail Art Technique You’ve Never Tried Before (Spun Sugar)”

  1. Chantelle August 22, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    So sweet!! 🙂

  2. Criminal Nails August 22, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    This is looking GOOD!

  3. RoxyCh August 22, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Your sugar spun is perfect! I also like the candy like nail polish on the other nails ^^

  4. Polish Asphyxiation August 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Looks great =) I love the pink.

  5. Small Budget Beauty August 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Great job! It makes me think of birthday cake.

    • The Secret Vegan August 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      That’s exactly what I was going for when I chose the colors! Thanks 🙂

  6. Dionne August 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Very cute!! Love the colors.

  7. Lisa August 23, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    So sweet and sugary that nail is! Nice job. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I may just give the technique another shot. 🙂

  8. Natalie August 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    This reminds me of those iced animal crackers I used to eat when I was little. So cute and sugar-y! (Your mani, not the cookies lol)

  9. Meredith August 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Love the colors you chose! Your mani looks so pretty!

  10. Simona LightYourNails August 28, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Well I am happy you switched to wp because I couldn’t get the deal on how to comment on tumblr the past weeks, sorry!
    Love the pink sugar spun!

  11. A-Mani-Maniac September 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I am so loving pink right now. And I agree, the technique uses up a lot of polish, but the final effect is worth it, isn’t it?

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