These nails were done on a whim, I had plenty of time (and new episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras ;P) and just wanted to relax and paint my nails. I started with a skin-tone polish, then painted the edges of each nail with a slightly shimmery purple polish. It was quite thin so it took many layers to get the purple opaque. When the purple was dry, I felt the white tip of my own nails showed too much, so I topped it all with a flakie topcoat, I think this was Essie Shine of the Times. The pictures were taken when the polish was a few days old, thus the tip wear.