It’s Wednesday. And in my quest to keep some variety on the blog, Wednesdays have become a loosely designated nail art day. I love swatching new polish…but I can’t give up the nail art. Speaking of…did you participate in the first ever Lacquer Legion Challenge in January? Keeping in line with February’s “lovely” connotations…this month’s prompt is ADORATION. Interpret this theme however you want in a nail art creation and share your look all over the interwebs on Friday, 28 February with the hashtag #LLadoration. Don’t forget to post it on the Lacquer Legion facebook too! Last month was such a success. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this time around. (If you’re unsure what this is all about…read this post.)
Okay…on to the the mani. I’ve become a huge fan of Misa nail polish. Every experience has been a good one. The Fall 2013 Blink of an Eye Collection includes three satin matte finishes and three sparkly, full-coverage glitters. I used all six polishes to create this look.
Here are the colors:
- Angel Eye: Ultra sparkly silver
- Flutter and Feather: Blingy rose gold
- Don’t Blink: Glittery, cool gold
- Lash Out: Bright and shimmery teal
- High Brow: Purple-red satin with a ton of shimmer (this one is super unique…if you look at the neck of the bottle where there’s a thin coat of translucent polish…it’s blue! That blue is what gives it amazing depth.)
- Eye Candy: Warm, glowy orange-red
I used Eye Candy as my base, then layered on the other satins in a repeating fishtail pattern. For one random stripe on each nail, I substituted one of the glitters for a satin. I’ve done this technique using the polish brush (and basically polished the rest of the nail upwards as I create each stripe). This time I used a fine art brush (here is my current fave brush) and free-handed thin stripes. The result is less gloppy and more streamlined.
Here’s a tip that I used here. Got some nail art that didn’t turn out as “polished” as you wanted? Load that thing up with layers of thin topcoat until the light reflected on the nail is fairly straight with no obvious waves or jagged breaks. This is especially helpful if you’ll be photographing the finished product. For this mani I used four coats of G&G HK Girl topcoat. Yup, four. But it was worth it!
On their own, the glitters were very dense, a little thick (but spread easily) and had a slight texture. They were simple and blingy and I love all three (especially the silver for some reason!) The satins had a great formula and would require only two coats for opacity. Personally, I love the satin finish…but they’re also amazing with topcoat because there’s so much shimmer.
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