Saturday, February 16, 2013

OPI Euro Centrale Splatter

I am absolutely in love with the lighter creme polishes in the OPI Euro Centrale collection. At one point or another in my life, I think the lavender, aqua, pink and beige shades were my "all-time" favorite colors.

Over the next couple of weeks, you'll probably be seeing a lot more manicures using these shades, starting with today's post: a Jackson Pollack drip-painting inspired splatter.

Materials you'll need: a light colored polish for the base, two to three vibrant complementary shades, two to three straws, an air duster canister, a brown paper bag, a paint palette of some sort (I use a paper plate for easy clean-up) and a husband who's willing to humor you for a few minutes.

I really, really tried to do this one on my own. And when I say tried, I mean that I was about two puffs of air away from passing out because I was blowing the polish through the straw so hard. My husband, who had been silently watching me make a big mess for several minutes, finally gets up and hands me a Memorex canister labeled "air duster."

With a little help, I moved my nail polish supplies over to the kitchen counter and set up the "painting station"—a brown paper bag and my paper plate with little pools of each color. Once my three coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff had dried, I was ready to get down to business.

I really recommend rubbing some Vaseline on your hands to protect your cuticles and fingers. For an even easier clean-up, I know some people put strips of tape along the three sides of your nail so that the polish doesn't get on your finger. I personally don't have the patience for this or the desire to use that much tape, so I choose to use the Vaseline method. I find that there is a bit of a mess, but it's much easier to wipe all of the excess polish off your fingers without using a lot of acetone. Either way, this is a messy manicure, hence the brown paper bag to catch the overflow.

While I held my hands inside the bag, the hubby scooped up some polish on the end of the straw and used the air duster to blast the polish onto my nail. As you can see, I ended up with a few large blotches of polish because it is an imperfect process.

I did the colors one at a time: Don't Be A Budapest (lavender), Suzi's Hungary Again (pink) and Can't Find My Czechbook (aqua).

The first two photos are actually of my right hand, which doesn't often make an appearance on the blog. The effects were so different on each hand that I had to do photos of both.

Personally, I like the right hand better, but overall I just love the way the colors blend together!

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