|My Ambuzzador package - a letter, two ARCs, and referral codes|
|This doesn't do justice to the shiny, sadly.|
1. Prep. Cut and file your nails to your desired shape. Wash nails well with soap or wipe with a bit of nail polish remover to get rid of excess oils. Apply a thin layer of base coat. (I used Seche Vite.) Wait for base coat to dry. You'll know it's dry when it's no longer tacky to touch.
2. Apply a layer of China Glaze Harvest Moon to the entire nail. I've had good luck getting one coat coverage with this polish, but if your first coat isn't opaque you will need a second coat. Wait till dry.
3. Apply a thin layer of OPI Goldeneye beginning about 1/3 up from the base of the nail. Wait till dry. Then apply another thin layer of Goldeneye, this time to the top third of the nail only. Wait till dry.
4. Apply a generous layer of top coat. (I used Seche Vite.) Wait till dry. For best results, reapply top coat once a day. I am far too lazy to do this and have so far gone 48 hours without chipping.
Obviously, you can substitute other bronze and gold polishes, but I highly recommend picking up a bottle of Goldeneye off eBay or a polish swap site if you can. It's possibly the best polish I own. It's like dipping your fingers into molten gold. It wears well and you will get complimented on it.
What's the significance of bronze and gold, you ask? It's the color of Sophia Petheram's hair. And, as it turns out, all of her godfather's former wives had red hair as well. As Monsieur Bernard de Cressac's new ward, she is curious about his past and the banished memory of those women who so resembled her. Sadly, I'm a brunette, but I can have bronze and gold nails. I think Sophia would approve of the spirit of my manicure, but she'd probably think it horribly flashy and gaudy. It's a bit more Monsieur Bernard's style.
Feel free to ask me questions about the book or how to replicate the nail art for yourself.