Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Abstract Girl on Fire Mani

So, after doing a Valentine's Day mani, I felt really inspired by the black and red color palette. As a base, I used OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, a great black shimmer that reminds me of coal in the sunlight. I frosted my fingertips with a red glitter, OPI's Gettin' Miss Piggy With It from the Muppet's Collection...and the result looked so similar to a flame that my Hunger Games-obsessed mind  immediately knew I had to do a mani inspired by Katniss' 74th Games tribute costume, designed by Cinna.
For those of you who haven't read the Hunger Games, the main character Katniss Everdeen donned a black bodysuit and a cape that was set ablaze by her stylist as she rode into the arena. She literally (and figuratively) became The Girl On Fire. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I topped my original "bleeding black heart" Valentine's mani with a "pa" nail polish I picked up from a Japanese market. It's a gold glitter that looks like it changes opacity in different lights. This is the first time I've used it, and I'm pleasantly surprised.
The result was a subtle gold shimmer atop the black and red, like an abstract flame. I could never rock a bold red and yellow flame on my nails (just not my style), but the glittery flames suit me, every time I look at my nails I'm reminded that there's just a little more than a month until the Hunger Games movie comes out—AND that the China Glaze Capitol Colors will be out soon too!

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