Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stamping and sheer tints

Sheer tints have been around for a little while now but it took me a while to figure out what to do with them. The internet would have me rainbowing them over a glitter polish:

Or watercolour-look nails:

Though they are pretty, I haven't felt massively compelled by either notion. Haley, from Emily de Molly, suggested using them on the nail after stamping, the sheerness of the polishes making the stamped image still visible under the tinted polish. So, I gave it a go using Emily de Molly's sheer tint range.


You can see a sneak peak on my nails there. I wanted to try all of these bright neons, so I painted my nails white and chose a stamp with distinct shapes that could be filled in, in this case MoYou London's 'Suki Collection 05'.

Stamp stamp stamp! I have no idea what happened on the pinky, there.

After the stamping was complete, I let it dry for about 15 minutes. Then, with a detailing brush, I started adding the tints. Which, it turned out, was a mistake.

The black from the stamping polish bled right into the pink. The solution was simply adding a top coat before resuming the dabbing process.

The end result:

I can't say that I love these. The nails are not my general colour scheme, too gleefully pastel, too evocative of an explosion in a unicorn factory. Perhaps it would be more to my taste if I had used a more limited palette of colours. Thy remind me of an early nail art attempt:

Maybe they would be better gradiented over white nails and then stamped? Or used sparingly with a stamp that just needed a tiny amount of detailing to make a colour-popping statement? One day, I will get around to trying all of that.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

You know what happened on Valentine's Day for me?

So nail-almost-fail:

Eh. The shape was off. I used red as a base for the design and striping tape to create the neat lines. But neatness not withstanding, it's very underwhelming. So I gave it another go.

The mask is a bit better here. But it needed something more. Well, apart from the buckle on the belt (which I couldn't be bothered with!). So ...

Better, right?! A matte top coat for that leather look :)

How many blue polishes does a girl need? More, that's how many.

Poor little neglected blog. Have a blue or three!

Simple tape manicure using Celestial Cosmetic's 'Sea of Tranquility', 'LE December 2015', and 'You Win or You Die'.