Nail Art Nail-Off: Two Takes on One Nail Art Technique!
Our theme for today: St. Patrick's Day! Let's break out the green polish!
Hi! It's Arden here. For my St. Patrick's Day nails, I went with a simple gradient, plus a crosshatch pattern on my accent nail. (Lisl: it's just so amazing).
This wasn't my first attempt at gradient nails, but it was definitely the most successful! This time, I followed the instructions from the Nailasaurus' gradient tutorial and they worked like a dream! I definitely recommend swirling the two colors together before putting them on the sponge-- that might be the secret to making it work!
Essie Absolutely Shore
Sinful Colors Rise and Shine
Essie Good as Gold
For the gradient nails, I painted a base color of Absolutely Shore (3 coats), used a fast drying top coat, and then sponged on both Absolutely Shore and Rise and Shine. I ended up loving the gradient wayyy more than I thought I would--- will definitely be doing it again! Maybe for an under the sea theme?
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So for MY St. Patrick's day manicure, I was inspired by Lucky Charms (the cereal). You know, hearts stars, and horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, pots of gold and rainbows, and me red balloons. Like this:
I started out with a "cereal-colored" nude background that I borrowed from Arden, then made a bunch of tape-stencils for the marshmallows. I either cut the shapes out with scissors, like in this tutorial (I used regular scotch tape), or I pressed the tape on a cardboard box and cut them out with a box cutter (this was not particularly effective for the curvier shapes). And this is what I got. On the left hand...
|These marshmallows are not in the right order|
The heart came out the best, and also the star. I don't know what is up with the star-marshmallow in the cereal, it is barely star-ish. The horseshoe looks like the bottom half of footie-pajamas. We'll call it abstract.
I used an Color Club - Art Club striper for the green dots and the clover. So that's hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers...
and blue moons! (Arden: My favorite is definitely the blue moon. It looks JUST LIKE the marshmallow!) On the right hand. At this point I was getting clumsy and impatient. Plus I used the box-cutter stencil method for all of these except my ring finger and the pink in the rainbow, which I free-handed. The cutter does not like curves! It does not like them!
The pot of gold is not in the right place. I tried to rectify that...
And for the colors:
Cereal (background): Essie - Playa de Platinum (Arden is sleeping now, and her nail polish is squirreled away in her room)
Heart, and the pink part of the rainbow: Zoya - Kara
Star: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - White Out, Essie - Fear Of Desire
Horseshoe: Zoya - Mira
Clover: Revlon - Minted, Color Club Art Club Striper - Green
Blue Moon, and the pink part of the rainbow: Zoya - Wednesday
Pot of Gold, and the yellow part of the rainbow: Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Lightening Color Club Art Club Striper - Yellow
Red Balloon: Essie - Geranium