In case you are wondering that's China Glaze Black Diamond and China Glaze Tinsel Town on my nails.
Want to know how I did it? Of course you do. Here's what I used and how I made my mani last four whole days.
You will need Nutra Nail Activator, a top coat, a base coat, and a polish of your choice. Since I just got Mermaids Tears and was dying to try it out that's what I used.
First you will need to start out with clean dry nails. Cuticles pushed back and nails filed.
Next apply a coat of the Nutra Nail Activator (don't forget the free edge) and let it dry completely. It may not be perfectly flat but that's okay because after a base coat and polish it will smooth right out and you won't notice any ridges or bumps.
Apply a base coat and don't forget the free edge. Then let it dry as usual.
Apply two coats of nail polish and let dry. Then add a top coat making sure to get the free edge. And because I totally spaced a picture post-polish but pre-top coat here's a pic of my nails after top coat.
Then if you are like me and want some kind of pattern you can add a stamped pattern (I used Shany plate SH18). Or you could do a sparkly glitter covered accent nail. Maybe a coat or two of China Glaze Lux and Lush on the ring finger or something. For me though I felt like stamping because I haven't done it in a while. And by a while I mean well over a month and my nails missed having patterns on them.
Here's the ingredients for the Nutra Nail Activator. Taken right from the side of the box.
And here is the ingredients for my Nail Bliss Pro Brush-On Nail Glue.
See all the same stuff in each bottle. So essentially the Activator is really just nail glue.
So you could easily use a coat of brush on nail glue in place of activator and get the same effects.