|Left hand!! Oh YESSS!|
I decided it was time to "go big or go home," so to speak, and I think I accomplished "big." :-D It's by no means perfect like so many more experienced nail art bloggers, and of course the area around the cutes is not immaculate and perfectly rounded (I cannot for the life of me figure out how they manage that, even with detailed, intense cleanup!), but anyhoo, I feel rather proud of this mani. :-)
On to what I used and the process!
L-R: Essie Fill the Gap basecoat, Maybelline Green With Envy, Skinfood 22W (Korean polishes & their numbers...sheesh!), Essie Mojito Madness, NYC French White Tip, Rimmel Hot Black To Go, Zoya Vespa, and Sally Hansen 4-in-1 Complete Care
I started with Fill the Gap which is my new base and I really love it! It's almost like OPI's Barre My Soul, but it dries to a satin finish. I have considered wearing it on its own, actually. ;-) Last night though, it was behaving strangely and driving me nuts...the humidity here was pretty atrocious (which I think gave all the polishes a bad attitude last night :-P ) and we had a ceiling fan on over the table, so that probably added to the issues. I actually had to redo the base coat on my left-hand thumb and pointer.
ANYways, I proceeded to lay down Rimmel Hot Black To Go on my thumbs and pinkies and Maybelline Green With Envy on the rest.
Not too shabby! This was with no cleanup. :-D If I were channeling Essie, I would've probably happily stopped here. ;-) . . . But I couldn't quit! Must. press. on!
Having done dots before, I knew they were relatively quick 'n easy, so I started with Skinfood 22W (a blow-your-mind bright sky blue metallic foil!) & used a good 'ol yellow wooden pencil tip as my dotting tool, making a diagonal line across my pointer and ring fingers. I then added rows in Mojito Madness and French White Tip. Sorry, it went so fast I didn't have time to take pictures! :-P . . . so I'll just have to show you another one of the finished product! Oh bother!
The middle finger was originally going to be stamped with a Bundle Monster design, but the Rimmel black and a Revlon shimmery black were not stamping well, and I stamped crooked, tried a different design, even gave black acrylic paint a try! But I just wansn't feeling it, so my eye spied the newspaper on the table & thought ah HA! I've been hankering to try the newspaper transfer technique! Only took a little rubbing alcohol, some rubbing, and voila!
Here's a YouTube video with a few different techniques:
|I ended up loving my left pinkie ^ and right thumb the best.|
Speaking of finishing, I believe this post is coming to a close - to which you are probably drawing a sigh of relief!!
I finished the minty fingers with the Sally Hansen 4-in-1 clear coat (given to me by my sister - she wasn't a fan). But I really like it as it can be used as a base that is really nourishing & also claims to help fill ridges (thanks to bamboo extract), and then as a topcoat which although is not nearly as fast drying as Seche Vite and doesn't have that thick, glassiness to it, but it does add a nice shiny protective layer WITH NO TIP SHRINKAGE! :-D lol There are tradeoffs to everything, I guess. ;-)
|Decided to try a pose I saw on another blog...kinda "meh" about it.|
Well, I hope you ladies like this "mismatched" look as much as I do and maybe it'll inspire you to try something similar! Thank you again for bearing with me through a long post . . . apparently I can't be succinct to save my life!