- Half a rainbow
Sometimes I have ideas for designs in my head, and when I try to actually make them into real manis, they never ever look like they did in my head. It’s a little bit annoying, but hey – we learn as long as we live, right?
So anyway – long time ago I bought a nail art brush set, and the brush that puzzled me the most was the fan brush. This one:
I wanted to try and use it for something, and I had this great mani on my mind. But what my idea ended up looking like was this:
Here’s a mini tutorial to how I made it:
First I applied two coats of Jordana’s “Fuchsia Flicker”, a baby pink with a few holographic glitters and bars. Not my colour at all, and I would never ever wear it on its own! It was hard to capture on cam. I had to take a pic in the sun to make it pretty colour accurate.
Two coats, no top coat:
Then I took a plastic sleeve and poured some drops of Finger Paints’ “Vintage Violet” on it. Vintage Violet is a shimmery purple that I’ve bought in a blog sale. I can only use this for nail art and dotting, since the brush is twisted, curved and misshapen, which the blog sale owner must have known, since she’d used it once. I have to say that in my opinion it’s extremely bad style to sell something that you know is broken, but that’s possibly just me.
Anyway, I taped around my nails (because I’m not that good at cleaning up after “accidents” on the cuticles), dipped the fan brush in the drops of polish and painted the top two thirds of the nails with that. I only did this once. Then I cleaned the fan brush.
Here’s that step:
Then I took a polish from Essence “50’s Girls reloaded” series, a midnight blue shimmer called “I’m a Marine girl”. I poured a couple of drops of that onto the plastic sleeve and repeated the previous step, now just painting the last third of the nail blue.
Almost done now – I just wanted to add some shimmer to this “gradient” mani. I chose Orly’s “Rocker Chick”, which is a clear base with iridescent glitters.
One coat of that and one coat of Seche Vite top coat, and I was ready to rock!
Here’s a shot of the polished I used:
|Jordana: Fuchsia Flicker, Finger Paints: Vintage Violet, Essence: I'm a Marine Girl, Orly: Rocker Chick|
As I said, it’s not at all what I had in mind, but quite like it anyway.
Be honest and please let me know what you think of this.