Again, I had a couple ideas for "pattern" inspired nails; my first was a white base with rainbow chevrons, but I forgot to look for a small enough brush and wasn't going to head back up town. SO, I pulled out my trusty dotting tool set and with a mani I'd seen earlier in the week (and now cannot find even after scouring my history!) in mind, I set to work. :)
|Found a scarf at Maurice's that echoed the Mexican/Spanish vibe & my dear friend took a couple shots for me with her Droid. :D Gotta love it when friends "get" your blogger tendencies!|
The base color is two coats of L'Oreal Orange You Jealous?, then using my largest dotting tool, I added a towering arch of dots in Cult Nails Tempest (which even after this tiny bit of usage, I firmly believe it to be the best opaque white creme!), then filled in the dotted area to the tip of my nails using the polish brush. Let dry, and repeat with NYC Tudor City Teal, which might be the worst teal creme in terms of opacity. :( I love the dusty teal color, but wow was it sheer! I'd definitely call it more of a crelly. See?!
|Orange You Jealous? is a bit of a misnomer because it's really NOT this orange! It's much more of a pinky coral, and not this bold either. :-/|
I love love love L'Oreal's cremes for their smoothness, shine, and opacity in two coats and am definitely eyeing up a rich dark teal in their new gel line. Should've gotten it today, actually. Also, the L'Oreal brush makes application a breeze; these lovely half-moons with no cleanup are thanks to their slight half-moon shape at the end of the bristles. LOVE! It's so nice when they make it easy for us to have clean cutes!!
Although I could've done the same on my other hand, I wanted to play with an actual polka dot pattern on the whole nail simply because I'd never done it. I know, right?! Simple polka dots and I've never done them. As Vizzini says: INCONCEIVABLE!
After doing the Tempest dots, I also remembered the "off-center double dots that kinda look like holes" effect and gave it a shot. :P
And for a little bonus, this is what my pattern manicure reminds me of:
These were both taken in Spain; this style of arch is called an "arco de medio punto polilobulado," and is very popular in the Mudéjar (essentially Arabic) architecture. Little did the Arabic artisans know it would also be very popular with pidgeons!!! LOL ;-)