Nails of the Day: Red and Orange Vacation Nails

I’m writing this to you from the past!

That’s right: I’m not sitting at my desk in my home office writing this right now, wrapped in a blanket and sipping on pop while listening to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop like always. Because today is special. Right now, I’m actually on vacation in Florida, walking through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


That’s the plan, anyway. Thus, I wrote this last week so there’d be something fun on Makeup Files while I’m gone.

And today’s nails are actually kind of related. See, I wanted to do a Harry Potter manicure. I decided to do red nails with yellow tips, like a French manicure, for Gryffindor’s house colors.

But it didn’t work out.

NOTD: Red and Orange NailsThis is how it looks in the end.

See, the yellow I used turned out too sheer for a solid-colored tip. Rather than give up and start over, I decided to use that yellow (Deborah Lippmann’s It Girl) in many layers to create a gradient over the red (Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Polish in I Red a Good Book).

Nails of the Day Close-UpClose up, you can kind of see the gradient better. It’s super subtle, though you can see it better in person. In the end, the yellow turned the tips orange. I sort of made lemonade out of a botched nail polish idea, didn’t I?

It doesn’t scream “Gryffindor!” but at least it’s pretty, right?

Do you ever do your manicure to match your vacation? I can’t be the only one!


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  1. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out how you planned, but I think it’s very pretty anyway. 🙂

  2. I like the look and how you put a positive spin on it!

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