Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blue Streak

Blue Streak
- my blue stripe mani


I’m up to doing something a bit different these days. I mean, usually I spice up a mani by adding glitter, shimmer or a stamp, but sometimes it’s nice to challenge yourself and do something that you know you could be better at.

I had an idea in my head that I wanted to try and make. Light blue base, a thick dark blue glitter stripe across the nail and then framed with a thin silver line. Depending on the thickness of that glitter line, I thought about making little dots in the glitter. That last thing never happened though. It would have been way too much, IMO.

Here’s the finished result:


The base colour is Dare to Wear’s “City Wear”, a pretty light blue packed with lots and lots of shimmer. It was easy to apply, almost a one coater, but I gave it two coats to get the best looking base for my experiment. Here’s how it looked on its own. No top coat.


I used China Glaze’s “Dorothy Who?” as the glittery line across the nails, and Claire’s nail art pen in silver for the thin framing lines. I tried to use only one coat of the China Glaze, but I had to draw the line again a couple of places to make it more prominent. Here’s the “crew” of polishes I used:



This doesn’t look quite as good as it did in my head, but I think it’s a pretty good attempt on a freehand nail art mani. I couldn’t draw if my life depended on it, and I think it shows.

I really like the shimmer though and it’s probably not the last time I try something similar.

What do you think? Is it acceptable, or should I just practice more? 

20 comments:

  1. I like the result and the colors you used! :)

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    1. That's so nice to hear, thank you :)

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  2. It's more than acceptable! It looks great! I'm always really impressed by people who can freehand

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    1. Aw, thanks! I don't really think I can freehand, and especially not on my right hand, but even though it didn't look like I wanted it to, I still had it on for a couple of days. :)

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  3. I like blue in general and I like this blue mani! :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I love blue on my nails. :)

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  4. Nice color combo - and mani - it's good to challenge yourself, every new mani is a learning experience :)

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    1. I know, right? :) I should challenge myself more, really. :)

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  5. Very cute. The blue glitter is so pretty.

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    1. Thank you. I'll be trying that blue glitter on its own soon. :)

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  6. Dorothy who is amazing! I like the way it turned out :)

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    1. Thank you! I was quite pleased with Dorothy Who myself. :)

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  7. I think it looks good! Practice makes perfect :)

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    1. Thanks - and you're right. And it's fun to practice with nail polish. :)

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  8. Fun mani! It reminds me of Easter eggs for some reason--silly brain of mine. :)

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    1. Easter eggs! I like that thought. I'll keep that in mind for next year! :)

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  9. I think it's pretty good. I can't even draw lines or do dots. So at least you are challenging yourself to do other things. That's always good in my book!

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    1. Thank you. I try to step out of my comfort zone once in a while. I almost always feel good afterwards. :)

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  10. the colours are great together! i would love to do a french with those, the glitters on the tip and the silver line in between the glitter and metallic.

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    1. Oh yeah, that's a great idea, I'd love to see that :)

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