Friday, 22 March 2013

Experimenting with Foils

Backdated post for a design I did sometime in March. 

Having not quite mastered the skill of getting full smooth nail coverage with foils yet, but not wanting to let my massive foil haul go to waste in the meantime, I decided the best course of action to take was abstract. If it's gonna look messy, then I should probably do something that is supposed to look messy, and messy turned out to be awesome!

I did the base with my favourite cheapo 1 euro a bottle spanish brand YSNY number 14, (really wishing I had brought more of those from Europe with me) and then using a paint brush I just randomly striped foil glue onto the nails. I did one layer at a time, so glue striping, first colour foil, more glue striping in opposite direction, second colour foil, and so on. I used 3 different colour foils, light pink, fuchsia and violet, and just kept glueing and foiling until I liked what I saw. If you attempt this just be sure to try and not cover too much of the nail with the glue otherwise you wont see the base, there is a lot of overlapping between the foils too.

Since doing this mani I am proud to say I have finally nailed the art of foiling (pun intended) and get perfect smooth coverage everytime. Now all I need is a foil friendly topcoat that doesn't wrinkle or dull it. GRRRRR.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Pretty Pastels

Backdated post for a design I did sometime in March. 

My friend Emma was so pleased to have pretty nails that when her netball team had another week off from matches she came right back for another mani and with her own request this time! Pretty pastel gradients!

I was pleased with how this gradient turned out though I think the orange colour spoiled it, it just didn't fit with the other colours very well and it probably would have been much nicer if it was yellow instead. 

The polishes were part of a 10 polish set that I received as a christmas gift, Ive long since thrown the packaging away, and the bottles don't have anything written on them, but if my memory serves me well I believe I saw the same set as part of the K-mart christmas gifts section. They are great little polishes anyway, and the gradient worked really well with them.

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