I didn’t know what to call these nails. It’s kinda hard to summize them in a couple words! So my title kinda rhymes with something. I like to keep my blog G-rated, ya know? 😉
This is one of those manis that had no plan. I just went for it. I started with a basecoat and two coats of AVON Coral Reef. Coral Reef is one of those coral shades that has a lot of pink in it. It’s too pink for my mom so she gave it to me! Shweeeeeet. Then I stamped a Bundle Monster (BM-403) geometric shape with a silvery AVON shade called Platinum… but it didn’t show up too well. So I did another stamp from that same plate using black nail polish. That second stamp kinda looks like cogs inside a machine. I like it. I like it a lot. (imagine Jim Carrey’s voice to get the full effect.) Then I did a border around each nail in different colors.
Is it me, or does this nail art kinda look Indian somehow?
Also, I just finished my nails for the BIRDS theme of our Nail Art Ideas Linkup. They came out wicked. I wanted to post them tonite but I don’t have the energy to make that happen… so you’ll see them this weekend. In the meantime, here’s some of the other nailarts from this month’s linkup. For your viewing pleasure:
31st March – 6th April : Rain (April Showers)
7th – 13th April : Birds
I was recently featured in the March issue of All You magazine where they showcased simple nail art made with household items. In true Craftynail style I designed a dotticure using regular old bobby pins. If you view the slideshow here I am slide #8. The web article is cool, but the print version of the March issue is what I will cherish. Craftynail got published! Here’s a screen shot of the web-version of their Mani Mania article…
Also, when I was reading the print issue I noticed that they have a nail art contest! They want you to take your own spin on one of the designs from the issue and submit it to their fb. You can’t find too much about it online other than their fb app, but the magazine says you should copy one of three manis from their march article. I copied the ombre dental floss nail art design created by NYC nail artist Jin Soon Choi. She came up with a gorgeous design using a blue cream base, matte over top, then gold polish dabbed on with floss string. I did my own version but I used a flosspik instead of string.. so I got a slightly different effect. Here it is!
I’m wearing Sally Hansen Maximum Growth as my basecoat. Then I applied 2 coats of OPI’s AmazON…AmazOFF. Then I mattified the teal with Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat. Wow this butter london works great and dries so fast! Then I dabbed on some blue/silver AVON polish called Platinum from their Brushed Metals collection. I dabbed it on using a flosspik. So basically I brushed some Platinum onto the short piece of floss that’s attached to the pick. Then I placed the floss strand on my nails and rolled it back and forth so some of the AVON polish would transfer. No topcoat needed for this design.
I really love how this came out.. the matte effect gives it a little something extra. I hope you like it too! It was fun doing a nail art inspired by a famous manicurist. Have you seen Jin Soon Choi’s website? She has a load of lovely tutorials that will blow you away. I love that the majority of them are simple… but the results are stunning. Here’s her nail art tutorial page: JIN SOON CHOI