Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nail WIN! This is soooo pretty

Do you ever have a mani in mind that you think can never work because it's too elaborate, too much painting by hand? And that it will be a disaster on your right hand because you have to paint with the left? (or reversed for lefties) Just try it once, you might love what you make!

I used Manhattan Fluo Club nr. 92, a very light pink. After applying my base coat, I sponged this pretty pink color on my nails, making sure the polish was thicker towards the tip of the nail. I made a sort of gradient with one color, so the part around the cuticles is my actual nail color. The sponge I used is pretty rough, making a texture. This texture got even more pronounced when I sponged my mattifier onto the pink. 

The texure and gradient on itself isn't very appealing. I continued my design by painting white flower petals onto the pink. Three per nail, with a bit of space between them (or at least I tried). The shape of these really doesn't matter that much. I know I'm a perfectionist and I was almost ready to start all over, but the shape isn't that visible anymore later on. Painting these petals was a bit harder because of the texture. 

I drew black thin lines around the petals, stopping at the end and not completely enveloping the petal. I also made one or two really thin lines within the petals, giving it that creased look. I used my Rimmel London Black Cab and a tiny art brush. I didn't use a striper, due to the simple reason that I don't own one. 

Next, I added some pink stripes to the petals, wherever there was room in between the black lines. It's hard to see the pink because it's not very opaque. I used L'Oreal Paris Ingenuous Rose for this. 

Finally, I put some pink dots on what would be the heart of the flower and added the dotted trails in pink and black. 

I guess I don't need to tell you I didn't use a top coat. That would have counteracted the effect of the mattifier. I love, love, LOVE this effect! The matte backdrop makes the flowers pop and the matte pink looks like I could eat it. I have that with certain nail polish colors or combinations.

Might just be me, when I describe a color as 'tasty' or 'edible'. In this case, I think it's because it reminds me of something coated with powdered sugar, certain candies or something. I just can't remember what candy exactly. It's hard to see on the picture but in real life, it's soooo good!

I'm just so happy with my nails!!! I don't know how long I'll keep this design. I might just annoy my boyfriend with it this weekend :-p Yeah, I think I'll do that


  1. It looks lovely! Also, before adding all the lines and stuff I think it's a beautiful mani with just the white petal ontop. Beautiful :) xxx

    1. Yeah, I really like the mani with just the petals too... I was thinking of leaving it that way, but then I should've been more accurate in painting the petals :-p

  2. wow! This design looks adorable!

  3. It looks fantastic! Great work, and so nicely explained, thanks! :)

  4. So pretty! And you're totally right I think that all the time lol

  5. Very beautiful! You are really talented!


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