Combine nails and book covers


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Although I’ve never been a makeup artist, one thing I’ve always loved is nail polish. In college, I accumulated it. I would use my babysitting money to buy them; get mini nail polish packs in my stocking stuffer; and trade with my friends. I was the girl who painted my nails something different every week. There was even a brief period when my son was about two years old where I treated myself every month to getting a manicure. It didn’t last too long, however. I found that as a mother of a toddler in a house without a dishwasher, it was ultimately a waste of money since my nails chipped after a few days. Since then, I’ve pretty much kept my nails bare.

A friend of mine recently became a Color Street consultant to supplement his income. Wanting to support her, I went to her site and bought a few sets.

I am now officially addicted to these.

Color Street are nail polish strips that simply apply directly to the nails. Although this description makes them fragile, they hold up well to everyday activities. My first full set I put on lasted me about a week and a half before it started chipping. It probably would have lasted longer if I hadn’t just decided to take it off and let my nails “rest” before applying the next set.

As I browsed the site to add more to my wishlist, I was struck by the fact that some of them matched various book covers perfectly. I’m not an “official” Bookstagrammer, but if I were, here are some of the matches I might make.

These witches don’t burn and Hex girlfriend

Hex Girlfriend was my first full set that I put on for the Halloween season and I just loved it. Everything about this set spoke to me. My favorite is the one that shows the phases of the moon. This particular nail, along with the name of the set, leads me to say that it would match Isabel Sterling’s perfectly. These witches don’t burn. Not only is the color of the nail and the book similar, but the reference to an ex-girlfriend plays well into part of the plot of the book and the whole thing just invokes all the feelings of witchy goodness. Add a candle to this image and you have an instant winner.

Les Belles by Dhionelle Clayton

The pretty and Flora Good Time

These two make a perfect pair. The flowers on the set almost perfectly match the ones the cover model is wearing for this YA Fantasy. The slight silver sheen of the cover also matches the base of the nail polish. And the mix of metallic color and florals balances femininity with distance. This ensemble would look stellar wrapped around the blanket and with a floral headpiece, much like the one on the blanket itself, sitting next to it.

cover of Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, white and royal blue and red, white and beautiful

There are flashier options with a patriotic touch available on the site. I chose this set because of its subtlety. It really seems to encompass the sweetness and simplicity of this book cover. The pink closely matches the background of the book. The sequins encompass the titular colors without being an American flag or firework. It combines the colors of the cover and the title without being too ostentatious. A perfect match! In keeping with the pink theme, I would probably pair it with a glass or mason jar of pink lemonade. Or a sparkler in a glass, although that might be for the truly brave.

RoseBlood and material ghoul

I found this to be an interesting approach The Phantom of the Opera. It managed to pay homage to both the book and the musical while making it stand out on its own. When I saw Material Ghoul, it was the first book I immediately thought of associating it with. Although almost universally accepted as a love story, it’s not just that.

There’s quite a bit of death, murder, and blood in the original story, so the gothic roots are very real here. With one of the nails in this set looking like dripping blood, the pairing is perfect. The most obvious is, of course, the encounter of a ghost and a ghoul. This image would help ring in the Halloween and spooky season. Bonus points if you get the iconic Phantom half mask to go with it!

book cover of The Forgotten Girl

The forgotten girl and Storm Watch

I was first drawn to the spooky subtlety of the cover. Looks like there’s a snowstorm around the little girl. That’s not the scary part. It happens because you don’t know if it is causing it or not. Although the black eyes will give you pause.

Due to the winter storm that seems to be taking place, the Storm Watch stud set is what I would pair this cover with. Both are fractured but beautiful in their fracture. Watching them just makes me cold and crave a hot drink and a blanket.

My true love gave me and Fleece on Earth

These holiday-inspired stories would match perfectly with this set modeled after the ever-popular ugly sweaters. I’m one of those people who waits until after Thanksgiving to listen, watch, or read anything winter holiday related, but this set even got my Scrooge self into the Christmas spirit. If you also added a cup of hot chocolate to it, it would be a perfect Bookstagram photo or even a Christmas card image to send to your other bookish friends!!

These are just a few of the ideas I came up with for these types of pairings that would make for a fun photo shoot! What do you think? Are there other types of nail art and book covers you would like to match?


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