Slowly, it seems the news of my nail obsession has made its way around the office and looks like there are more ladies interested in NP than I had previously thought. After having a conversation and flaunting my collection with them, I went home all fired up and genuinely re-excited about nail polish. So I hunted for my striping tape because a mani idea hit me but I couldn't find it :( so I just used standard scotch tape for this one but I got to say, I even impressed myself lol. I don't like posting my nail art because so many other people out there do it so much better than me. But I felt this one was special enough to make it's way onto the blog. Teehee.. take a look!
OPI's Thanks a Windmillion - a pastel dusty spring green
OPI's Moon Over Mumbai - sheer grey with microshimmer
Barry M Boots Limited Edition in Silver - lovely holographic glitter in clear base
How I did it:
If you have striping tape good for you, it'll look 100293023x better. I did not...
Cut a bunch of thin pieces of scotch tape (14 - I needed 12 but I thought some were too thick).
Painted 2 coats of Thanks a Windmillion on my pinky, index & thumb.
Painted 3 coats of Moon Over Mumbai on my ring & middle.
Put a coat of Seche Vite over my ring & middle (the ones with the grey) - so I didn't ruin the base I built up.
Once dry, I laid my tape down in X's by crisscrossing the pieces of tape, over the ring & middle nails.
I painted 2 quick coats of Thanks a Windmillion (careful not to go over the tape boundary) & added a glob of the Barry M on the bottom triangle.
Took the tape off immediately & placed another coat of Seche Vite.
On my thumb, I created another X by crisscrossing the tape and added a glob in the bottom triangle (moving it around to paint an actual even triangle).
Took off tape & used Seche!
Did it eat my time/was frustrating?
Not having striping tape makes it super annoying because I don't like the fact my tape isn't even. I guess practice makes perfect. So that was the single most frustrating thing. It took me around an hour to do this but I'm a novice so I'm sure others would go faster. I do think it was worth it. I put in an order (and it has arrived) for some striping tape form amazon. Once my nails don't look like I sicked Cujo on them, I'll do more like this because ME LIKEY.
Here's the final product:
outdoors in natural light - closeup
here's what the thumb looked like, I liked the lone accent nail (though I don't do the accent nail anymore)
indoors, no artificial lighting, indirect sunlight! Even though Moon over Mumbai is sheer, I think it added a little something something to make it kinda sexy - if nail art could be so.
here's a shaded shot, I don't know why I looked so dark in this haha, wait it's in the shade, DUH
I like this shot and I like my nails. Too bad I have some nasty cuticles going on. Thanks a Windmillion is a great green… I absolutely love it. I was going to get Mermaid Tears but didn't because I felt this is good enough and I hate buying dupes!
and I figure why not end on the best shot possible? I loved this manicure SOOOOO much. Will redo for sure!!
thanks for looking guys - I am very proud of this and glad it turned out decent. Woohoo!
peace n love