Wait, sugar skulls and alien heads? YUP! These kinds of noggins don’t normally go together… but these two designs were on the same bundle monster stamping plate… so why not?
These images you see on my nails are actually little diy decals that I made with nail polish. They are so cute I’m glad I finally got a chance to wear them! But it’s been two weeks since I made them (original post here)… and they got a little brittle. Plus, my house is cold and that seems to make them even more brittle. So I tried to warm them up before I applied them to make them more pliable. I have one of those neck warmer things that you microwave, so I set my decals on that for a minute so they’d be more bendy. That actually did help in getting them to fit the curve of my nail better. Oh, and two coats of seche topcoat helped too. 🙂 I also added studs at the end by sticking them into my topcoat while it dried. The studs really made the mani come together. Before studs- meh. After studs- wicked!
Also, I don’t want to neglect mentioning my awesome base colors. Under my decals I’m wearing two different AVON cosmic collection nail polishes. The blue is called Celestial and the yellow is called Starlight and they’re both scattered holos. I swatched these cosmics in the past (here) and I needed three coats. But now that my nails are shorter, they only needed two coats. Or maybe the polish thickened a little over time? I dunno, but it works for me!
I hope you like my nails! Talk to ya soon! Next time you hear from me we’ll be talking about the April prompts for the #NAILLINKUP. 😀
Day 28 of the nail art challenge is upon us! The theme for today is ‘inspired by fashion’. I’m pulling my inspiration from Christian Louboutin and the trendy ‘Louboutin manicure’. Last time I did a Louboutin manicure on myself I absolutely loved it! You can view my louboutin mani here. That’s when I fell in love with the idea of painting the underside of my nail with a pretty color! That makes sense when you think about it- especially for ladies with very long nails. We work hard to grow our nails this length- why not show them off? We make the top all nice and pretty but then the non-painted underside looks so blah? Well, I don’t think so!!! This underside mani is dedicated to all the fashionistas out there that want pretty nails from top to bottom! It’s a 360 degree manicure and I love it! I haven’t really seen too much of it online so here’s my version of a studded underside mani!
To create this look I did a quick coat of Orly Ridge Filler on top and under my nails. After that was dry I applied 2 coats of Elephantistic Pink from OPI. When I painted, I did the underside first… then the top of the nails. But I don’t think the order really matters, especially if you’re using the same color on top and bottom. Then I applied a topcoat of seche vite (on top and underneath my nail) and waited for that to dry. Lastly, I dotted some clear polish and applied black studs from Claire’s Cosmetics. I’m glad I was able to fit exactly two studs on the underside of each nail so it looks symmetrical.
The idea of painting the underside of my nail is not really new to me. When I apply nail strengthener as my basecoat- I apply it under the free edge of my nail (the underside) and I also make sure to wrap my tip well. I do this each time I start a new mani. I think this is a great way to protect your nails and help them grow nice and long. If I go through all that then I might as well paint them pink and add studs too, right? So what do you think of my pink underside mani?