Assistant Editor, Caroline: Blue Kitty Hawk Manicure
I’ve always been a fan of “girly” drinks—if it contains juice and an umbrella, I’m in. So I decided to create a manicure that would match my favorite cocktail color: blue. Here, CND whipped up a nail look they like to call “the starry night” to match my love of fruity drinks.
Step 1: Once your nails have been buffed and filed to your ideal shape, start applying a dark blue polish, like CND Inkwell #539 to your nails. This will be your base coat.
Step 2: Using tweezers, dab a tiny piece of sponge (you can just cut a small piece off your kitchen sponges), into a purple polish, like CND Plumville #534. Gently dab the purple over your nails—the sponge will give it a cool, airy effect.
Step 3: Using a separate little sponge, repeat step 2 using a white polish. Don’t worry if it looks blotchy at first, it will smooth out eventually.
Step 4: Don’t wait for the polishes to dry, apply a clear top coat with shimmer right away. This will blend all the colors together for a smooth, “starry-night” effect.
Want to try the pretty cocktail that went with this mani? It’s called a “Kitty Hawk” and is just as refreshing as it looks. Here’s how you can whip it up:
1 ounce gin, 1 ounce Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 2 tsp. maraschino liqueur, 1 tsp. crème de violette, brandied cherry (as garnish)
1. Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice and add all the liquid ingredients.
2. Shake for 15 seconds and strain (or double strain for a smoother drink) into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with a brandied cherry.