Friday, 6 December 2013
Christmas Nails #1
My first Christmassy mani of the season! I wanted to start off with something simple that didn't require much artistic skill (of which I have very little) so here goes.
The first thing I started off with was my index and middle finger. The inspiration behind these was an abstract idea of a Christmas tree with lots of twinkly fairy lights. The base colour for these was essence's "the green and the grunge" - a gorgeous forest green (inspired by the 2013 colour of the year). I'd been looking for a green like this all year and just couldn't find one I liked so I was thrilled when I saw this one ( will still put on a swatch of this colour by itself). I topped it off with one coat of essence's "make it golden". I've featured this on the blog before (eg here and here), but it's a clear polish that's packed full of gold shimmer, small gold glitter circles and medium gold glitter hexagons.
My thumb and pinkie were obviously inspired by candy canes! I debated using striping tape, but then I decided to hand paint them to give a more imperfect finish - like handmade candy canes with the red colour drawn through them. I used two coats of Revlon's "White on White", and then used a small paintbrush to draw the lines of red using "fame fatal" by essence.
The ring finger accent was just an excuse to use my one of my new studs from essence. I painted two coats of "White on White", and then when the second coat was still wet, I added the stud.
Once the whole thing was dry, I topped it off with a layer of top coat.
Hmmn, now what to try next week...