I don’t love this black scratch mani as much as I liked the last one. I used different polishes underneath and they didn’t show through quite as much. Disappointment.I chose this design because I just bought my daughter a pair of flip flops that are black with neon hearts. I hate to show you my laziness, but I can’t be bothered to pull myself away from The Voice and go upstairs and look. :/ I can tell you that the black is China Glaze Liquid Leather, the blue is Zoya Robyn, the pink is NYX Girls Pink Strawberry and the yellow is NYX Girls Bubblegum. I hope that’s good enough.
I say this is a floral. I see oriental poppies in there. Hubby says it’s feathers. Peacock. I think I would go more turkey if I were going to go with a bird. Whatever you see when you look at it, I love it! It was really easy to do and makes a bold statement. I used Sally Hansen White On and acrylics for this design. I topped it off with Chill Zone top coat.
So what say ye? Flowers? Feathers? Or something else?
Good Tuesday to you all! First off, I want to welcome a few new members to our group: Kelly, Lakeisha and Traci. Be sure to click their links below and give them a warm welcome.
This week we’re doing fishtails. I had to decide if I wanted to do a fishtail or a fishtail braid. I went with braid as you can see.
I have to say, I’m in love with my polish choices for this mani. A creme, a glass flecked and a crackle. Seriously, does it get any better? I used Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, Jordana Purple Bright and OPI Turquoise Shatter. LOVE!
Do you all remember back in elementary school when you would take your crayons, draw a bright, colorful picture, then cover it all up with black crayon? Then you’d get out a pencil and scratch a picture in to the black crayon to reveal the fun underneath? Why not apply that same technique to your nails?
I first used this technique on my Game of Thrones nails after seeing this tutorial. I love this application. I can’t get over how the lines of the scales look variegated. They’re each their own little rainbow.
To get this look I used Zoya Mitzi, Robyn and Arizona, and NYX Girls Pink Strawberry in random blobish spots so that my whole nail was covered. I let that dry as long as my patience would allow. The drier the better. Then polish on one moderate coat of black polish. I used China Glaze Liquid Leather. You’ll want to do one nail at a time. As soon as you paint on the black, take a small dotting tool and gently scratch in to the black polish to create your design. Be gentle so as to avoid scraping the colored polish off as well. This is why it’s important that your color underneath be as dry as possible, although, the black polish over the top of the color may re-wet it. Work quickly and gently.
I’ve already got my next one planned. This is a fun new technique for me that doesn’t require really any clean up. What’s not to love?
I’m sure it’s the color scheme of this manicure that is reminding me of the eighties. I’m a child of the eighties so I guess it’s appropriate. I love Color Club Edie. It’s such a great aqua creme. I paired it up with black and metallic gold acrylics.
A while back I picked up a Maybelline top coat. It was very nondescript and didn’t boast super shine or a quick dry. Sometimes I like a nice thin top coat to use between layers when I’m using tape or something or if I have to walk away from a mani in the middle of doing it. I’ll slap on a thin top coat to protect what I’ve already got so I can come back to it later. This manicure is a good example of why you wouldn’t want to use a cheap, thin top coat if you are looking for glassy sheen. Enlarge the pictures if you need to so you can see the scratched looking finish to these nails. A top coat like this would be fine for every day where, but definitely doesn’t provide the super shine that I like to sport.