05 January 2015

My Take on the 2015 Colour Of The Year -- Marsala

Hello and welcome! To start off 2015 I've been giving my nails a wee bit of a break. I can't leave 'em alone for too long, but I've been trying to take extra care of them the past few days with oil and such rather than doing lots of painting.

However, I decided it was time I jumped on the Pantone Colour Of The Year bandwagon, which is something I've never paid much attention to in the past. I like exploring different nail shades and art styles without much consideration for the current trends or seasons. But the colour they have chosen for 2015 is Marsala, which I can best describe as an earthy, muted wine/taupe hybrid. It's not the type of shade I normally wear, and as such, I don't have any polishes that are an exact match. A chance to go for something outside my usual? Right on! So I went with the closest option in my stash--OPI Lost On Lombard--and did a chevron-tip look :)

This polish is definitely different from Marsala. It's bolder and redder--if it were a Crayola crayon, it would be Brick Red--but it is the in same family. I feel like if I had a very sheer taupe/grey, I could layer it over this and create something very close to the official shade.

I decided to stick with all OPI for this mani, so I did the tips with Happy Anniversary!, a lovely shimmery pearl-white. It's sheer on its own, and I like the colour it became when I added two thin coats over the red. The slightly more purple hue that resulted helps bring this back towards the Marsala-esque look I was going for, since that shade has more blue involved.

I went for a chevron on the middle finger, then deeper diagonal french tips on both sides, as if to continue the same chevron all the way across the hand:

You get the idea.

I felt like it needed a little something more, so for a finishing touch, I used OPI Baby It's Coal Outside to add some dots to each finger. Not much--just one big dot in the middle with two smaller ones on each side. Just enough to add some interest. I had to fight the urge to use black gemstones. Keep it simple, crazy lady, just this once :)

As usual, it's sealed in with Seche Vite topcoat.

What do you think of their Colour of the Year choice? Let me know below ;) and come back soon! xoxo

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