Get A Mani To Match Your Cocktail

Editorial Assistant, Shannon: Margarita Manicure

When I was a kid, my mother always said, “It’s not summer until you’ve had soft serve ice cream.” As an adult, I’ve substituted soft serve for margaritas. I may not be vacationing on a beach resort with a margarita in one hand and a trashy novel in the other, but a marg definitely makes the city feel like a summer resort. So why not match my tips to my fave cocktail? Here’s how I got the look:

Because traditional margs are my favorite, we combined CND Green Scene #546, a classic Kelly green, and CND Bicycle Yellow #543, a bright yellow, to create a vibrant lime green.

Step 1: After shaping the nails in soft almonds, our manicurist coated the nails with the lime green polish.

Step 2: She applied CND’s Air Dry Fast-Set Top Coat and let set for two minutes.

Step 3: Lastly, she dabbed a coat of white glitter on the tips to resemble the salt on the margarita glass. To get the same look, you can also try Ciate’s Caviar set or even use real salt.

Who better to get a margarita recipe from than ‘Mr. Margaritaville’ himself, Jimmy Buffet? Here’s how to make a classic margarita, courtesy of The Jimmy Buffet Concert Handbook.


1 1/2 oz tequila, 1/2 oz triple sec, dash of lemon or lime juice, 3 oz sour mix, lime wedge for garnish, salt to rim the glass (optional)


1. In a glass, combine the lime juice, tequila and triple sec. Stir to mix well.

2. Prepare the cup by rubbing a lime wedge around the lip of each cup. Pour salt onto a small plate and roll the outer edge of the lip in the salt.

3. To serve, fill the cup with ice cubes. Pour the margaritas over the ice and garnish with a lime wedge.


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