22 October 2012

Challenge Day #26: Inspired by a PATTERN

Bonjour! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

Today's prompt was "inspired by a pattern", and this was a great opportunity to try something I've been meaning to do for a while anyway--argyle nails! Observe:

I tried to colour-correct this, but it looks hopelessly yellowish. But still! :)

This look was actually pretty easy to do. I started with two coats of Essie Bikini So Teeny, a pretty light periwinkle blue with very fine, subtle silvery-blue shimmer. This was a very popular and sought-after colour in the polish world, and I can see why! It's really feminine and delicate. <3

When that was completely dry, I used squares of tape to block off the shapes at the top and bottom, and painted the exposed sides with OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, which is actually way more of a warm and chocolatey brown than it showed up in these pics. I then used my white Stripe Rite striper polish to freehand the criss-crossing white diamond pattern, and sealed it with one of my topcoats. I forgot which one. Probably good ol' trusty Seche Vite.

The side diamonds still look black. Especially with the flash here.

In sunlight!

I wore these for a couple of days, and then instead of taking them off, I decided I wanted to add something. So I grabbed my Nubar 2010, a cool flakey polish, and added a coat of those for some visual interest. And then, because I can never wear flakies without matte-ifying them, I finished it off with a coat of Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love. The final look is as follows...

These flakes are neat and colour-shifty! Sometimes they look reddish orange...

...sometimes blue...

...and sometimes yellow and green!

Well, that's it for today's post. It's been a pretty good weekend--all the football teams I like won, and a lot of teams I dislike lost. I had pizza, lots of drinks, the weather was pretty, and I had fun argyle nails. What more does a girl need? ;)

See you next time for artwork-inspired nails. Also keep a look out for my Halloween design post coming up soon... 'tis the season! xoxo

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