My nails are still in "nubbin mode" too from moving and cleaning. I tried to keep them short to avoid breaking, but my middle finger still had a corner break off! So bear with the silly shaped middle finger nail.
Even though my nails are tiny, I'm loving this manicure! UCF's school colors are black and gold, so that's why I chose these colors. The mascot is the Knight, but the pegasus logo is used on just about everything on campus. It's very iconic here, so I opted to paint that as the accent nail.
I started off with a base coat for protection since I was using black. I then painted two coats of Zoya Raven, which is a unique black with a slight shimmer to it. You can't even really see the shimmer with all the gold flakes though!
I then free handed the pegasus design as an accent nail with a gold striping polish. I'm really happy that the shade of gold is just about the same as the 18k gold flakes! I initially wanted to do a glitter gradient with the flakes, so I used both the Sephora OPI gold and the Zoya Gilty gold, since one has smaller flakes and the other has larger flakes.
I ended up abandoning the gradient idea, and just used two coats of both gold polishes. It got pretty thick since there are four coats just for the flakes, but I like how the small flakes and the large flakes filled in nicely together. It also dried with somewhat of a wax finish, so I applied a coat of Seche Vite to seal it all in and make it glossy.
Also here is my "bonus" photo of my cap! We are allowed to keep our caps, so we can decorate them however we please. I went with my one obsession - nail polish! I tried to use a warm yellow since it's the closest I had to gold, and I even placed tiny rhinestones around the bottle! It's a little ridiculous, but it will at least make it easy for my family to spot me in the crowd of graduates.
So yay! After five years at UCF, I've finally finished!