Disney merchandise is everywhere, so why not display a little Disney on your fingernails? Can you go to a salon and actually receive a ”Disney manicure?” Can you create Disney nails all by yourself? Is there “Disney” nail polish? The answers to all these finger fashion questions are… yes!
Have you ever stopped to wonder how long we’ve been painting our nails? By the turn of the 19th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils and polished or buffed with a chamois cloth. While traditional colors for nail polish were simple red, pink and brown, modern nail polish can now be found in almost any color imaginable. French manicures traditionally mimic the color of natural nails, using a clear, beige, or soft pink polish on most of the nail, with a white finish at the tips. Modern nail polish forms and techniques have evolved beyond just the painting of solid colors. It’s now a full-on fingernail fashion show.
We sent our Mouze Kateer Mike from My Dreams of Disney for a trip to the salon with his daughter Sophie. Like most 10-year-old girls, Sophie loves nail polish, and she also loves Disney. Now she can combine these two passions.
OPI recently announced a line of ”New Limited Edition Minnie Mouse-Inspired, Nail Lacquers” for summer. OPI’s Vintage Minnie Mouse includes four limited edition nail lacquers. Created in honor of Disney’s beloved Minnie Mouse character, the colors encapsulate Minnie Mouse’s irresistible charm in playful, pretty shades of pink and red.
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director, explained, “OPI is so excited to collaborate with Disney and draw inspiration from one of the world’s most popular characters.”
She continues,”This collection brings together the expertise of OPI and the iconic style of Minnie Mouse to inspire the distinct palette of vibrant, feminine shades for summer Nails will pop against summer skin in these classic, saturated hues – holding their own alongside the bold prints of the season.”
The line features a pink crème lacquer, one frosted red shade, a shimmery fuchsia, and a heart glitter confetti:
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning June 2012 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
If you need more information on these nail colors, you could call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com.
I found these OPI photos and descriptions of the new line of Disney Lacquers on a site called Manicure Mommas. Their slogan is “Changing the world, one painted finger nail at a time. They didn’t offer any Disney inspired nail art, but they had photos of a lot of nail colors.
If you’ve decided to go it on your own and just a simple color isn’t enough, I found great web site called Confessions of a Polishaholic that recently ran a contest for Disney inspired nails. Here’s the photo from the winner they picked.
A lot of the entries were created “freehand.” Freehand is where you take a special fine tipped nail brush and paint on your nails, in much the same way you would paint on paper or canvas.
Here’s a great example of a Minnie Mouse freestyle nail art.
While there were no instructions on Confessions of a Polishaholic to re-create these fantastic Disney manicures, I put together a list of instructions on freestyle nail art from several of their freestyle manicure tutorials.
- Start with base polish. Apply a base coat.
- Paint your nails with the color you choose.
- Drop several drops of the color you want to paint with on a plate or some foil.
- Using a nail brush, apply the color to your nails.
- Cover your nails with a top coat
- Do not remove polish for several days.
They don’t point out that freestyle manicures will take some practice, but I am sure it does.
Another tutorial showed how to create the dots so popular on many Minnie Mouse Designs. They say you need a “dotting tool.” If you don’t purchase a real dotting tool, you can use the head of a pin. Dip whatever tool you are using into the polish and touch the nail, creating a small dot.
These freehand nail designs can get very intricate, depending on your level of art skills. Our Mouze Kateerz staff member Donna from DIStherapy searched around on Pinterest and found several excellent sets of manicured Disney fingers. She actually searched for a long time and sent me about 20 photos of Disney inspired nails on Pinterest, but I used my favorite five.
These adorable princess dresses were from nailasaurus.blogspot.com.
These Minnie Mouse nails were on Pinterest from madmanisblogspot.com
Donna found this set of Up inspired nails by inthislifelove.tumblr.com
Donna found these Pirates of the Caribbean inspired nails on Pinterest posted by jawsofkita-lovehim.deviantart.com. For something this intricate, it does sem to be a good idea to paint the fake nails before you attach them to your fingers. Obviously this level of nail art would take a skilled artist.
Disney inspired nails can be incredibly complicated, or just as simple as red polish with white polka dots. Your possibilities are as endless as your imagination and yet also limited by your level of talent. If you would like to see some of the Pinterest designs, stop by Mouze Kateerz on Pinterest. I have “liked” photos, and there’s always the search engine after you look through some Mouze Kateerz Disney World photos.
So there you go…Disney salon manicures and Do-It-Yourself manicures for the Disney fashion fans. What a fun way to show your love of Disney!
Thanks for coming along for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in the nail supply store searching for some really fine tipped brushes!
Amanda, Mike and Donna