Monday, October 22, 2012

Forget Me Not Blue Floral Print

Before my wedding in June, I was on a quest to find a bottle of Essie Borrowed & Blue for my toes — it would have been the perfect "something blue" for my wedding day. In the end, I couldn't find it anywhere and had to use "something old" instead ... an old standby from my high school days, Revlon Strawberry Electric.

Lucky for me, I happened to stumble upon the elusive Essie shade a couple months ago. I'd only used it once before this mani, and it was a great color topped with a sprinkle of some bright blue glitter.

This time, since I wanted to try a blue floral inspired by forget-me-nots, I decided to use it as a soft base color. Two coats later and I was ready to go. I ended up creating more of an abstract flower rather than the distinctly shaped forget-me-not, but the color was a definite match.

For the flowers, I used China Glaze Caribbean Blue as the main color. After drawing abstract flower blobs on all of my nails, I grabbed my paint palette and mixed two new colors: Caribbean Blue with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Caribbean Blue with China Glaze Smoke and Ashes from the Capitol Colors collection. Using a brush, I dabbed blobs of the white blend on top of the blue, making sure that the main color showed through. After that dried, I cleaned my brush and put a small abstract dot over the white for the center of the flower. Using OPI Green-wich Village, I drew leaf-like shapes out of each flower to complete the look.

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