28 October 2015

Rustic Gold Stripes

Halloween is nearing, and this manicure has nothing to do with it :P

I've had so much going on lately that I haven't been able to post as frequently as I used to, nor have I been able to do all the themed manis I wanted! Today's design is, instead, a rustic, gilded sort of look that reminds me of old photo frames or tarnished jewellery:

I wanted a holographic gold base for this, and I don't own a holo gold. I do, however, have a holo topcoat I made with INM Northern Lights and a pinch of Spectraflair. It has a silvery tone to it, though, so I knew I'd need to start with a very warm gold so that it would still be gold once I added the topper. OPI Goldeneye fits the bill perfectly, and is still the best gold polish ever ever ever made :D I used three thin coats, and then added my custom holo topper (which I dubbed Rainbowgasm, by the way) and let that dry completely.

The stripes are painted on with black acrylic paint, a striper brush, and some patience. My secret to getting nice straight lines is using an orange stick dipped into water (or, let's be honest, sometimes I just lick it... #lazy) to gently scrape away any wobbly bits. Since I was going for this worn look, though, I didn't worry about getting them too terribly perfect.

The last step really brings the look together. Goldeneye is essentially a flakie polish (albeit a very dense one that covers nicely), so I used a cosmetic sponge to dab on tiny bits of it here and there over the stripes. You can see how just a few specks cover the stripes here and there, as well as adding some more of the deep warm gold back into the mix, creating depth.

I took this one a bit out of focus, so you can really see the holo bits. It's subtle since I didn't use much of the topcoat, but definitely there.
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I feel like this is another that would fit really nicely with the autumn season many of you are experiencing now :)

I hope you enjoyed this one! Thanks for reading today. See you next time! xoxo

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