Happy Sunday everyone! I want to share with you the nails I rocked while on (birthday) vacation in Hong Kong and Macau. I received a lot of compliments on these cute Cupcake Overload tips, from friends and strangers alike. Some of them asked if they were stickers, others thought I had them done. No, my friends, I spent some time on my butt to hand-paint both hands myself! Sorry for the uncleaned sides where the frosting went over. I hadn't had time to wipe them off before I took the photos.
Before you start your Cupcake Overload tips, protect your nails with a base coat. I used OPI's Natural Nail Base Coat. This will prevent the polish from yellowing and damaging your nails.
Next, using Revlon in Raven Red, I painted French Tips covering 1/4-1/3 of my nail. It doesn't have to be very straight or perfect, you'll be covering up the top with frosting anyway. You can use any color you want for your cupcake. I even thought of using different colors for all the tips! Maybe next time :)
Then, I used LA Colors Art Deco in Gold Glitter to define the cupcake liners. Create three to four lines per nail on the tips only.
For the frosting, I used Etude House's WH702 to frost my cupcakes. One thing to note, though. I purposely let this white nail polish of mine to thicken up a bit to make French tips easier. It wasn't as opaque as I wanted so letting it thicken made it just right. Also, don't worry if it looks kinda goopy, like in my photo below. Not all cupcakes have perfect frosting, right? Plus it adds to the character of the cute nail design.
Next, I painted on some sprinkles. I used LA Colors in Glistening Purple as glitters make the easiest sprinkles. (yes, I cheat!) Looking at my polish stash, I realized that my The Face Shop PK109 huge hexagonal glitter would make nice sprinkles too. You can also use a dotting tool with regular polish fo this.
This next step is optional, but I decided to use LA Colors Art Deco in Red to make heart-shaped cupcake toppers on each nail. I think this may have upped the cuteness factor of this Cupcake Overload nail design.
Last but not the least, seal your cute cupcake nails in with a top coat. I used OPI's Top Coat. Don't forget to clean up any residue polish on the edges. Simply moisten a Q-tip with polish remover and wipe, wipe, wipe! I cleaned mine up after everything dried :)
It may look complicated, but it's actually really easy! You may just have to go slow on some parts, like when I was frosting my cupcakes. Also, if you don't have LA Colors Art Deco polish, you can purchase a thin tipped brush from the art section of bookstores or craft stores. I got that tip from Achi Nikki of AskMeWhats.
So, what do you think of this Cupcake Overload, without the guilt? Sometimes when I'm hungry, I admit to staring at my nails and wishing they were real. Many people loved this! I'm glad that apart from my own glee and pride, this design put smiles on many girls' faces. Shh, I caught a few girls in Hong Kong and Macau looking at my tips. A lot of them smiled at me after, and some waved, gestured or pointed at nails. There were also two ladies who talked to me about them in Hokkien. Cute cupcakes transcends language barriers. Do jeh, girls!
I hope you can try out this Cupcake Overload design. Have a dose of sweet, sugary goodness without the guilt!