Friday, August 17, 2012

Superman Nails Tutorial

     Okay, so I have been wanting to do this manicure for a while now but I got a cold and the last few days I have not felt like doing much of anything much-less painting my nails. But now I'm feeling better and decided to try it. So I guess I have to outright admit I am a nail polishaholic because when I went to see Dark Knight Rises on opening weekend I saw the trailer for Man of Steel (The new Superman movie out next year) and saw the Superman symbol and thought, "That would make the prettiest polish." To which my husband rolled his eyes and offered me some popcorn.

Here's the symbol.

And a link to the trailer in case you haven't seen it and want to. I have a problem but like I tell my husband "It's cheaper than shoes so deal with it." But anyway I went straight home and started playing with my polish and came up with this manicure, which I think is fairly close...well at least I think so. And I think it's really pretty even if it's not exactly like the Superman symbol. I would think you could also get this look if you had OPI Spotted polish (that's only available over seas)...but I have heard some bad things about what's in the Spotted polish that makes me hesitate to obtain a you can get a pretty similar effect with plastic wrap so that's what I used. Shall we get to it? I thought you might say that. Let's go.

Here's what you will need.
A base coat (Orly Bonder) and a top coat (Diamond Dry).

A black polish (China Glaze Liquid Leather), a gold polish (China Glaze Passion) and thin red polish (China Glaze Salsa). As well as tweezers to hold the plastic wrap away from your nails.

A bunch of 2in x2in (ish) pieces of plastic wrap. The more bunched up they are the better

Somewhere to drop some polish. A blank piece of paper or paper towel is a good idea as well. Please forgive the marble, I had to place something on the tray to get my craptacular camera to focus on it.

Start with clean, dry nails.

Add a base coat.

Apply first coat of polish. Select the gold polish.
Allow to dry.

Apply second coat of polish. This coat should be a thin coat of the red polish. 
Allow to dry completely.

Place a few (3-5) drops of polish on a plastic surface.

Take balled up plastic wrap in the tweezers.

Dip plastic wrap in the polish.

Pat on paper until you have just a little on the plastic 

Apply to entire nail (in the same way you would apply sponged on nail polish) and you should have something that looks like this.

Then clean up the cuticles.

Add a top coat (don't forget the free edge).

And here's a shot in daylight (The weather cooperated with me today. It does happen who knew).

     And there you have it. I know it's not exactly like the Superman symbol but it's close enough that I am happy with it. Well that's all I've got for you today. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions as always feel free to ask in the comments below. Until next time stay classy and stay polished.


  1. Looks great!! Love the tutorial!!

  2. Thats pretty cool, I found this by accident looking for Superman S'

    Keep up the good work.