From Prank Polish To Magical Manicure!•
Posted on April 01 2022
It's April Fools' Day! We've been teasing our April Fools' Day polish on Instagram and now we're ready for the final reveal!
In case you didn't know, our April Fools' Day nail polish, aptly called 'April Fool!' is a periwinkle creme nail polish with a trick up it's sleeve! What's the catch, you say? Well, when you add a top coat (or topper) the nail polish changes color! We've kept the color change a secret until now, for all of you that wanted to really be surprised by this polish on April Fools' Day. But, today IS April Fools' Day, so here we go!
The color change is...Purple!
Is that the color you were guessing? Either way, this polish has so many fun nail art applications. I love nail art, but I'm all about making it super easy. Considering that this polish can change so much with just a top coat, it really makes the nail art possibilities endless. I've come up with a few to get you started!
1. Accent Nail or Ombre Mani
I'm starting you off easy with this one! Whether you want one accent nail or a couple for more of an ombre look, this mani is super simple! Just paint 1-2 coats of 'April Fool!' on your nails and then decide which nails you'd like to be periwinkle and which ones you'd like to be purple. Here I've left my thumb and index finger without a top coat and I added a glossy top coat to my middle, ring and pinky fingers.
2. Half Moon or Reverse French Manicure
If you are concerned with the longevity of your manicure, tip wear or having a really glossy manicure, let me introduce you to the Half Moon or Reverse French Manicure! I love this twist on a French Manicure and again, it's just so easy to do! Start off with 1-2 coats of 'April Fool!'. When you apply your top coat, don't go all the way down to the cuticle. Start your top coat a millimeter or two away from your cuticle so that you are not fully covering the bottom part of your painted nail. From there finish painting your top coat as normal and cap your edges! I also think it would look really cool if you used a matte top coat here instead of a glossy one. (Read our matte top coat application tip here!)
3. Polka Dot Manicure
This nail art design really surprised me! It turned out to be my favorite from the set! All you have to do it take a dotting tool (or even a toothpick) and dip it into your top coat and make little dots all over your nails until you get as many dots and spots that you like. Because my dotting tool didn't fit into the neck of my top coat bottle, I did put a few drops of top coat onto a little piece of aluminum foil and then I dipped my dotting tool into the top coat on the foil. Just a little tip if you have the same problem!
4. Dry Brush Technique
Looking for a little texture with your mani? Try the dry brush technique! It's slightly more difficult than the other three methods, but really, you can't mess this one up because it's supposed to look a little messy. Once again, start with 1-2 coats of 'April Fool!'. Next take your top coat (I used a glossy one here) and wipe off most of the top coat from the brush. You could also use a nail art brush instead of the brush that comes with your top coat bottle. Take your mostly dry brush and swipe it over your nails in alternating strokes. Do some from the top, from the bottom, from the sides and diagonally until you get the look you like. You will probably need to repeat this process a few times on each nail to achieve the look you want.
5. Glitter or Flakie Gradient
I saved this one for last because it's a little bit of a surprise! (Am I doing a surprise on surprise blog post? Why, yes, I am!) So, this is 'April Fool!' with a flakie/glitter gradient of a brand-new-not-yet-released topper called 'Leafless In Seattle'. It's a part of a floral topper duo that will be released April 22nd, 2022. It is stunning and I love the way that it looks with 'April Fool!'. To create this mani, I used the sponge on application technique in our last blog post, How To Apply Flakie Toppers: 2 Ways! Except, instead of sponging the topper over the whole nail, I only did the tips. I did not apply a top coat to the tips, but you could lightly paint a top coat over the gradient portion or cap your edges with a top coat for a little added protection.
Lastly, let me leave you with a little bit of an application tip for 'April Fool!'. I recommend either not using a base coat at all (that's what I did for these manicures) or to wait until your base coat is completely dry before you paint over it. This polish changes color when you add a top coat or topper, but it will also change (or appear streaky) if your base coat is not completely dry before applying.
So, which mani are you going to wear?