08 February 2014

Rainbow Foil Hearts

G'day my friends :) I hope you're having an awesome weekend!

Today's mani uses another of my dollarnailart.com foils!

I apologise for the picture quality--I had no sun today and these look so gloomy! I may update this post tomorrow if I can get some sunny photos. It will make the rainbow so much nicer.

The base is China Glaze Liquid Leather. 2 generous coats gives you a nice, shiny, solid black.

I used foil glue and a tiny brush to paint on the hearts--small scattered ones on some nails, one big one for an accent on the ring and thumb nails. Once that dried (takes about 5 mins) I took the foil called Primary Colors (which is very pretty... a nice shiny foil that starts off red, then fades into all the colours of the rainbow, ending with purple and then fading to red again) and dabbed bits and pieces of each colour over the areas where I'd applied glue. I wanted this to be sort of patchy and stained-glass-like.

Success! ...but the hearts were a bit indistinct. Kind of hard to tell what's going on. So I grabbed a metallic silver gel pen and outlined each one. I intentionally made this a bit rough and sketchy and imperfect as well. It looked much better!

Middle nail is my favourite--the outlines touching on the bottom two is really cute!
Gel pens are the best for nail art, I swear.

I love the way this heart came out :)

I got all the above pics before topcoat, because I wasn't sure how the foil would hold up, plus I was again afraid of smearing the gel ink. But I was quick and careful and it went nicely! Two coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top, and the finished product was shiny and sealed in!

I hope you liked this fun look. I sure do! The only thing I'd do differently is skip using the purple part of the foil... it was quite dark and didn't really show up on the black. Some of the larger areas that look blank are really purple, I swear ;)

See you next time! xoxo

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