Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Music (Ke$ha-inspired Border Nails)

28 Aug

Okay, so Ke$ha came to Vermont this past weekend and obv, I had to go. (You’re wondering why I love Ke$ha? Oh bb, there are so many reasons). And it was the most amazing, transcendent, life-affirming concert experience of my life. Ke$ha in hot pants? Check. Ke$ha in a sparkly, rainbow leotard? Check. Gay rights activism at a pop show? Check. Sexual objectification of hot, ab-defined men? Check PLUS.  Fire? Glitter? Confetti?? CHECK CHECK AND CHECKMATE. Did I literally dance my ass off? Yes. Would I got again? In a heartbeat. I think I’m in love. Ke$ha says she’s not getting married until any 2 people in the United States regardless of sexuality or gender identification can get married. I’VE BEEN SAYING THE SAME THING FOR YEARS. It’s destiny. Meet Ke$ha, my unofficial finance.

Anywayyyy… this week’s Mish Mash challenge could not have been more ideal! Going to see Ke$ha, I obv had to do Ke$ha-inspired nails for this challenge. (If you haven’t checked out her fabulous nail art, GO GOOGLE RIGHT NOW)

She has so many fantastic nail designs, but unlike Ke$ha, I don’t have a dedicated make up team to put mine together. It’s just little old, 11-hour work days, 6 days a week work days me over here, and —

So I picked one of her simpler designs, border mani. Check out how classy and pretty it is:

God, she’s just so perf, I can’t even — UNNFF

Anyway, here’s my version:

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And here’s now to do it!

Materials:

  • Base polish (that’s the beige above)
  • Black Sharpie marker (you’re all like say what Sharpies on my nails?? but just trust me)
  • Hairspray (now you’re really wondering what’s up haha)
  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs
  • Top and base coats (I use Seche Vite for my top ALWAYS and Smoother Operator for my base)
  • Something sparkly for your accent nail

Step 1: Prime your nails with some base coat. This is not optional.

Step 2: Paint 2-3 coats of your base color. The more polish between your permanent marker border and your nail, the better, IMO.

Step 3: After your base color is super, super dry, take your Sharpie marker and outline your nail. Don’t worry about getting some on your skin (we’ll take care of that in a sec, promise). Depending what you’re doing for an accent nail, you might want to leave the outline off that nail.

Step 4: After your nails are bordered, carefully, gently spray a super thin coat of hairspray over your nails. Let that dry for awhile (this prevents the marker from smearing) before moving onto the next step.

Step 5: After your hairspray is dry, you can use your top coat.

Step 6: Accent nail: So Ke$ha put some bling on hers. I didn’t have that, but I did have some gold polish and the silver hexagon glitter polish from Color Club seen above.

Step 7: Clean up your cuticles (which no doubt are covered in Sharpie) with the rubbing alcohol.

That’s all it took! It was a pretty quick mani, actually, and I really liked it. Loads of compliments at the concert.

The polishes I used were:

  • Base color: OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons (from their Germany collection)
  • Accent nail base color: Wet N Wild The Gold and the Beautiful
  • Glitter bling accent color: Silver hexagon glitter polish from Color Club (had no name on it, sorry!)

Make sure to check out what the other amazing girls did for this challenge!

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12 Responses to “Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Music (Ke$ha-inspired Border Nails)”

  1. Natalie August 29, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Ooo…I really like this! And I like Ke$ha as well. You gotta appreciate a girl who can sing lyrics like hers with no shame…whatsoever. lol Great job!

  2. Criminal Nails August 29, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    OMG! What a great inspiration! Her nails (and yours) look amazing, so classy ^^

  3. A-Mani-Maniac August 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Such a pretty, simple and elegant mani. Turned out fantastic.

  4. Kimber August 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I really dig this!

  5. Polish Asphyxiation August 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Looks so awesome. I might have to try this sometime

  6. Chantelle August 30, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    You did a great job with this look! Glad you had a ball at the Ke$ha concert, it sounds like it was so much fun!

  7. Dionne August 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Pretty and sophisticated mani. Glad you had fun at the concert!

  8. TheBookishManicurist August 31, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Love this look! And yay, another vegan nail art blogger! 🙂

  9. Kristine @ Pink and Polished Nails August 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    SO pretty! I love that you used Ke$ha as your inspiration she’s so fun!! And you recreated that mani so well it looks gorgeous!! 🙂

  10. Cristina (@PeeBeforePolish) September 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    I prefer your version than hers! 😀

  11. Simona LightYourNails September 2, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Your version is gorgeous!

  12. Small Budget Beauty September 3, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Very cool mani!

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