Ombré Mani and Beer Mug Accent Nails w/ Brooklyn Brewery’s Radius Belgian Pale Ale at BK Beer Fest (phew!)
I did this mani specifically for the BK Beer Fest that took place on Saturday, June 16th in Williamsburg and decided to pay homage to Brooklyn Brewery’s Radius to keep this mani completely BK-themed. Radius is only available in Brooklyn and I’m pretty positive it’s only available on tap. I found an image of the logo online and went with that, hoping that the tap would be similar, if not the same. Luckily, it matched pretty darn well!
Nails: This was my first try at an ombré mani and I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be. There are quite a few different ways of doing an ombré, or gradient, mani as you’ll quickly find out after searching for how-tos on Youtube. I chose the sponge method and started out with a base in Sally Hansen’s Mellow Yellow and then painted the top half of each nail (minus the ring fingers) with New York Color’s Times Square Tangerine.
After letting these dry for a bit, I painted a strip of each color on the fat end of a makeup sponge:
Next, I laid the sponge on the edge of the nail and gently rolled it to the other side. After you do this, you can just start dabbing it up and down quickly to blend. If it’s still a bit rough, put some color on the small end of the sponge and use that to get a more accurate blend. Don’t be too nit-picky here. If the sponge leaves bumpy marks on your polish, don’t freak. Your top coat (if you have a decent one) will help smooth these out and make the polish look more blended. After that was done, I painted a white French tip on each of the accent nails (this doesn’t have to be a straight line, as it’s emulating bubbly foam):
Next, I used an x-acto knife to trim down the “Gold Bubbles” DesignFX decals (from Dashing Diva) to the proper size and placed them under the “foam”. Top everything with Seche Vite and you’re done!
Nope. No you are not done. I thought I was finished after this and was about to go to bed when I realized that my nails looked a LOT like candy corn. Guh.
Before the fest the next morning, I went about trying to make my nails look somewhat presentable. I took a super old polish I have (doesn’t even have a color name…) and painted 2 coats over the ombré nails. This turned out to be just the right thing to tone down the colors and make this mani work, giving the nails a lovely golden sheen. Ta da! Candy corn be damned!
After hanging at the Brooklyn Beer Fest for a couple hours, I approached the Brooklyn Brewery table and told the guy pouring beers (I think his name was Patrick) allllllll about my blog. Shameless! He’s a dude, so I understand that he wouldn’t give two craps about a nail art blog, but he graciously let me stand behind the table and have a little photo shoot. Thanks Patrick! You made my day.
(Note, and try not to be too jealous of, the penis pretzel necklace. My friends and I have learned in the past few years that people LOVE this necklace, but I learned on Saturday just how much it leaves an impression. I had 2 people recognize me from the NYC Craft Beer Festival back in March. One guy even had a photo of me on his iPhone! This is funny, but also kind of weird…)
Ale: Yes, I reside in Brooklyn. No, I have never tried Radius before. One reason is because I haven’t seen it around a whole lot. The second reason is because I don’t go for Belgian ales, it just ain’t my thang. I’ll admit that this tasting is a bit hazy, as I had been drinking all sorts of different beers for the 2 hours previous, but I do remember myself not hating it. It’s a pretty light-colored beer, which is never appetizing to me, but it had a bit of a bite to it and that is enough for me to want to take a second go-around with this one.
It was refreshing and light and seemed to be the quintessential summertime refreshment. Not too Belgian-y. I’m definitely going to need to seek out this beer for another taste to give you a more complete review. In the meantime I’m going to give it 7 out of 10 nails because if I don’t remember anything else, I DO remember raising my eyebrows in surprise after my first sip…and that is never a bad thing.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Tyler!)