Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inspired By: Barneys Holiday Windows 2012


I read that Disney took over the windows of Barneys this year in the Electric Holiday display, but after visiting the windows, it seems more that Barneys took over Disney! In a short video, Mickey, Minnie, and friends have been re-imagined as non-smiling, thin models that walk the runway at fashion week for famous spectators including Disney-fied Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga. While depicting these classic Disney characters as models has been a bit of a hot topic, the video tells the story of Minnie dreaming about starring in fashion week while window shopping. After all... following your dreams is a very Disney idea, isn't it?


I chose the Electric Holiday logo as the inspiration for my manicure and just like Minnie, dreamed up an ambitious (for me) goal: I wanted to have neon glowing "electric" tips. Since holiday window manicures come but once a year, I went for it!


 


black: Wet & Wild Black Creme | white: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps White On | neon pink: Mattese Elite Fury | neon orange: American Apparel Neon Coral | neon yellow: American Apparel Neon Yellow | neon purple: Sinful Colors Dream On | white glitter: Cirque Galinda

I started with a base of Wet & Wild Black Creme. To create the glowing effect, I sponged on white polish with a cosmetic sponge starting at the tips and worked slightly toward my cuticle. Next, I free-handed a solid white tip that would serve as the base so the neon colors would really 'pop'. After the white polish dried, I went over the white tip with the neon polishes and let the subtle white sponged part show as the glow. Finally, I took an eye shadow applicator sponge and gently applied Cirque Galinda below the neon tip for added sparkle.

Even though there are many steps, just about all of them are fool-proof. Free-handing the neon tips requires a steady hand, but start with a thin tip (you can always make it thicker) and be conservative with how much polish is on your brush to avoid big globs.

Shop the Electric Holiday collection here. I love this shopping bag ornament!

See more pictures of Barneys holiday windows...

 

 

 

 


Cirque Galinda was provided for review. Post contains an affiliate link. Read my disclosure policy here.

16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness I love this! So good!

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  2. These look great! Those neons really do POP!

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  3. This is amazing! Bravo for realizing your goal, lol! You captured the glowing neon beautifully well.

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    1. Thanks, Kripa! The straight line part had me a bit intimidated lol

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  4. Super cute!! What a great idea and very well executed.

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    1. Thanks Shelley! Means a lot from you :)

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  5. I don't love the windows, but I do love the manicure! Great idea, I wouldn't have come up with the idea of using glitter - but it needs to be used! :)

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    1. The glitter I added at the end - I felt it just needed something else, and Galinda was it! It helps that there are white pieces in it, too :)

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  6. Wow, this is awesome! These nails would be fab for New Year's Eve!

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    1. These windows were very sparkly, bright, and fun :)

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