Thursday, May 2, 2013

NOTD: Skittle Saran Wrap Manicure

Arden here: For today's nail of the day, we're going to learn some new nail art vocabulary!  Here are three nail art techniques that are often confused:

1. Gradient: when one color gradually gives way to the next on an individual nail.  Check out our gradient tutorial here.

2. Ombre: when each nail is a different shade of the same color (often going from darkest to lightest).  We haven't posted one of these yet on Casa de Polish, but maybe we should!

Eagle-eyed readers will notice this is both a Skittle AND a gradient.

3. Skittle: when each nail is a different color--- like a bag of Skittles!  We've shown a couple of these, most notably right after Easter.

Today's nail of the day is a Skittle manicure-- more specifically a Saran wrap manicure using a different color on each nail.  To learn how to do this Saran wrap marbling technique, check out our extensive post here.

I started by painting each nail white using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I added a top coat, waited for it to dry, and then painted each nail with a bright color.  Before that second color had a chance to dry, I immediately dabbed at it with Saran wrap to create a marbled pattern.  It's kind of neat to see how each color marbled a little differently!

Colors used:
Maybelline Color Show Shocking Seas
OPI Did It On 'Em
Sinful Colors Dream On
Cover Girl Boundless Color Fuschia Girl 
Essie Fear or Desire 

I think keeping the base color of each nail the same and just changing up the top color was a fun way to make each nail different but also keep them consistent enough not to look weird.  If you try out any Skittle nails any time soon let us know!

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