Today I am excited to show you some nail art. There were a lot of steps involved and a lot of dry time, so I did this over the course of two days. First I applied my go-to basecoat (Sinful Colors Nail Hardening Base) and two coats of OPI Bubble Bath, a very light pink. I followed that up with a coat of Seche Vite, so it would dry sometime this year. Once I was sure it was really, really dry and wouldn't be marred, I worked on one nail at a time using scotch tape to cover up part of the Bubble Bath and painting a generous coat of Zoya Shelby, a bubble-gum pink, over the entire nail (tape and all). I immediately removed the tape so the lines would be clean (I did have some issues with the tape tearing, but a gentle-handed tweezers put it right.). Then, I did nothing... for a long time to make sure I didn't ruin it. I did bump my right hand, but the left one came through unscathed! Finally, I added another coat of top coat to protect the fresh polish (I think I used NYC's topcoat).
I waited until the next evening to stamp the houndstooth pattern on--nothing worse that wrinkling not-quite-dry polish with the stamper. I used a very old and very thick bottle of Pure Ice Gossip to stamp the houndstooth pattern from Bundle Monster plate BM19. I used the same tape method to cover the parts of the nail I did not want the pattern on. At this point, I was planning to be done, but it looked unfinished. I used the pointed end of an orange stick to make three tiny dots in a triangle pattern then drug the polish between the dots to create a heart on each nail. I finished it up with another generous coat of NYC's topcoat.
Here is the result:
Left picture is indoors, under artificial light, no flash. The right is outdoors in direct sunlight--super glossy!
Here you can see the details and you can tell on my thumb how I drew the hearts--guess I didn't get those edges filled in all that well. It's not as noticeable in person as it is on the macro shot, but it gives you a good idea of what I was talking about up there
|Indoors, artificial light, plus flash.|
I thought this ended up being incredible girly and fun. Maybe it's almost too pink and girly?
|Outdoors in direct sunlight.|
This was my first attempt at using tape this way, and it turned out better that I was expecting. I'm suddenly flooded with ideas....
Have a great weekend! More Monday! ^_^