After my and Samira’s whirlwind visit, upon arriving home, I almost immediately got sick. Feeling not so hot resulted in a lot of couch time. I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV and not doing anything else at the same time. So I decided to put some time in and create a manicure I really loved. You might remember what happened, last time I was sick. I created a very lengthy scotch tape manicure using my new Hunger Games colours…and although I loved the idea, I wasn’t crazy about the colours together when I finished…
So this time, I made sure I would love the finished result. Best way to do that – GO BRIGHT!
First let’s look at the colours I used:
I started out by painting my nails different colours. You can see that I originally wasn’t planning on incorporating yellow into this manicure, but once I started making the blocks, I couldn’t resist.
Use a fast drying top coat on your neon manicure and give it a couple of minutes to set. (I have the best results using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)
From here, I simply started by creating one block on each finger until each finger had a contrasting block of colour.
Let’s take a look at creating blocks:
First, using clear scotch tape place a strip vertically on your nail. Clear tape will work the best because you can make sure it is sealed nice and tight to help avoid any bleeding.
Then, using another piece of tape, place one horizontally on the same nail.
Once your tape is on and you have a good seal, choose a contrasting colour and paint the exposed portion of the nail.
Once the exposed portion of the nail is filled in, you want to remove the tape before the polish is dry. (This way when you lift up the tape, it won’t pull up the polish with it.)
Your nail should like something like this when done your first block. Be sure to use your fast drying top coat again and move onto your next nail.
After you have a few nails complete, your manicure should look something like this:
I wanted to make sure my manicure had a “random” look, so I placed the blue block in different quadrants on each nail.
From this point, you simply repeat for each nail until you have four contrasting colour blocks on each finger nail.
I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in between each colour to help speed up the process, but it still takes a long time. Pop a movie in and you will be good to go! 😉
I have to say, that this is probably my most favourite manicure that I’ve ever done. I can’t remember loving my nails this much, ever. What is so cool about it too, is that you can really choose any colours you want. You could even incorporate the ombre nail trend into your nails by using all shades from one colour if you wanted. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look and if you see yourself giving it a try!
So with the record breaking beautiful weather we had been having this March, I was inspired to do a Spring Time Nail Marble. I went with bright colours this time to try to capture all the sunshine we’d been receiving here in Ottawa.
To start out, I used a basecoat to prevent the yellow from staining my nails. I then painted all my nails with two coats of Orly’s Hook Up Nail Polish.
***I chose to do a yellow base for this nail marble because I wanted the colours to show up very bright and vibrant. Giving them a bright yellow background to lay on top of, does just that. Please keep in mind that you will have to adjust your base depending on what colours you use. For example: purple on top of yellow might end up looking sort of brown. You can always use white to be safe, but it can also lighten the colours a bit and almost wash them out in a sense. When in doubt, experiment and find a combination that works for you!***
Once dry, I taped around my nails with scotch tape and was ready to start my nail marbling in the water. Here is a look at one of the designs:
The polishes used are:
Green – Paper Chasing by China Glaze
Blue – Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Polish in Pacific Blue
Yellow – Orly’s Hook Up (same as the base used above)
Here is a look at some of my nails before the removal of the scotch tape:
Looking for a way to spice up your Crackle? How about instead of purchasing an endless range of colours…you try changing the way you use them?
***Please note: I continue to purchase an endless range of colours anyways***
Thanks to an ad in an Avon catalogue, I got the idea of creating a multi coloured nail look underneath the crackle nail polish.
Here is what I decided to use:
Sexy in the City by China Glaze – beautiful metallic jewel toned blue
Hook Up by Orly – lovely fresh spring time yellow
Sexy Silhouette by China Glaze – gorgeous jewel toned pink that gets darker and darker with your number of coats, it is a very rich shade
Black Mesh by China Glaze – crackle nail polish