britney-inspired fingernails

britney spears glitter body suit toxic video

Thanks to a freelance beauty editing project, I’ve been collecting lots of nail polishes lately. Of the new polishes I have, the first test run I’ve done on my fingertips was inspired by the one and only (former?) pop goddess, Miss Britney Spears.

As risque as it was, Brit’s glitter body suit from the “Toxic” video secretly made me wish I were a pop star. Nothing like a few strategically placed sparkles and a lion growl, eh?

britney spears glitter body suit toxic video

{Photo Courtesy Jive Records}

To wear this look without getting fired, I decided to pair Zoya’s “Minka,” a milky-beige polish, with butter London’s “Tart with a Heart” to achieve the Britney-esque skin-tone sparkle that every little girl and boy from the late 90s and early 00s dreams about every night.

zoya minka and butter london tart with a heart

{Milky beige and shell pink sparkles make the perfect pair to channel your inner Britney.}

I first applied a base coat followed by two thin coats of Zoya’s Minka to my nails. The color is a creamy, metallic finish polish, so you have to be wary of streaking. I rarely do my own fingernails because I’m just not as skilled of a painter as I could be, so my results aren’t optimal. See your local manicurist for a better turnout.

zoya minka

{I like that this polish is a solid match with my olive skin tone, but I wish I had a slower hand to apply it perfectly. Next time my manicurist will be doing this for me.}

Anyone can get naked nails, but to really Brit it up, your best bet is to add a layer of a legit Brit — butter London from England — to your nails. “Tart with a Heart” is from butter London’s holiday 2011 collection and boasts a massive, fine-grain sparkle.

butter london tart with a heart fairy lights the black knight holiday 2011 collection

{From left, Tart with a Heart; Fairy Lights; and The Black Knight}

I started off coating just my ring finger (party nail!), but decided to go ahead and transform all 10 into dancing Britney tips for eye-catching, nontoxic nails (Zoya and butter London are big-three free — toxins toluene, formaldehyde and DBP).

party nail

{The party started on my ring fingers, but quickly spread to the other eight after assessing the situation.}

What big three-free nail polishes do you love? What are your favorite colors this fall and holiday season? Who or what inspires your weekly manicures? Any requests for “inspired by” nails? Leave me a comment in the comments section!


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