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How to Do Gwen Stefani's Dazzling 'Crystal Manicure' at Home (PHOTOS)

I love OPI nail polish and I love  Gwen Stefani, so I've been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Gwen Stefani for OPI limited edition collection. And let me tell you -- it is HAWT! True to form, Gwen's colors are bold, sexy, and fun, with plenty of punky edge and glam glitter, but all done in a very chic way.

I did some experimenting with the collection, and so did my daughter -- we love it! Check out our handiwork... (HA GET IT?!)


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1All the gorgeous Gwen for OPI colors

Shown here: Hey Baby (a hot pink), I Sing in Color (luscious blackberry), Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (matte gold), 4 in the Morning (satin black), In True Stefani Fashion (holografic silver glitter!), Push and Shove (mirrored chrome), Over & Over A-Gwen (Gwen's signature red shade)

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2Over and Over-A-Gwen

The "Over and Over-A-Gwen" set comes with that divine red color and a sheet of Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes, as well as nail glue. People are already selling it on eBay, but I just found it on Amazon for $10.66.

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3So many different, fabulous manicure ideas!

OPI.com/Gwen has a ton of grea ideas for DIY manis you can create with different combos of the shades and studs. Some of them come with video tutorials. I decided to try a version of the one on the middle right....

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4Step 1: Apply base coat, then first coat of "I Sing In Color" Cream Gloss

This color is GORGEOUS! One coat (pictured here) is almost enough, but I followed the directions on the how-to video tutorial and went for two...

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5Step 2: Second coat of "I Dream In Color"

Rich and dark -- a little wicked! But then we get out the glitter...

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6Step 3: A stripe of glitter and a silver stud

I just freehanded it and painted a stripe of "In True Stefani Fashion" glitter polish down the center of my ring fingers. The lines weren't as perfect as in the how-to video, but I don't mind! Then I put a little dab of glue on the bottom of the stud and stuck it on with tweezers.

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7Voila! My Gwen Stefani Crystal Manicure

I love it! It's sleek but with just enough bling to be fun.

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8Another peek at my mani

I feel like it's a great combo of wicked and glittery-sweet. Just like me! Hahaha. Of course, since I did this in the evening at home, my 10-year-old daughter had to get in to the action...

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9Isabella starts with "Over and Over A-Gwen"

This red is SO PERFECT. It's the candy apple red, the red ferrari red, the hearts-a-flutter perfect Valentine red.

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10I mean really, I love this red.

Of course, with so much to play with, Isabella couldn't resist...

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