Or: When Good Ideas Go Stupid! So here’s how this mani was supposed to play out. First, paint on a starry night background. Then, using a dotting tool, randomly dot on white polish for your “fireflies.” Once dry, top the white polish with neon yellow polish. Now your fireflies are glowing! Then, using a detail brush dipped in acetone, apply a bead to the top of each neon yellow dot. What’s supposed to happen next is the acetone spreads out, taking a bit of that neon yellow polish with it, depositing it in a sort of glowing corona of light around your dotted-on fireflies. I’ve seen this technique used multiple times in various tutorials, and they always make it seem like it’s just the easiest thing in the world to accomplish.
But guess what? It totally wasn’t! Oh sure, the actual nail art-ing part went fine, but when it came time to drop that little bead of acetone onto my nails, it stayed resolutely put, burning a neat little hole through each of the dotted-on fireflies, straight down to the base polish. In desperation, I finally began dunking my detail brush into acetone and then into the neon yellow polish in an attempt to create a kind of neon yellow wash to encircle the fireflies. And that’s where I left it! I don’t think these nails are great, and the technique as described is not one I’ll be returning to, but hey, the more you know, right?