Monday, March 25, 2013

Blue Tip Graphic Design Nail Art

The name for this post is kind of boring, but I was really excited about how this design turned out. Annie, Wendy and I were reunited this weekend for a night of nail polish and the classic makeover movies, "Pretty Women" and "Clueless."

What was really exciting is that Annie tried out her first attempt at nail art on Saturday and it was very cute! The photos didn't turn out so well since I grabbed a shot on my phone, so I may post it on Instagram later this week. She chose to do a polka dot mani using Essie Mint Apple and OPI Alpine Snow.

Wendy went crazy with about five or six different colors, so I can't even start to tell you what she did. It looked awesome though, and she even did floral print nail art on her toes (which I'm not flexible enough to do).

For my nails, I wanted to make them look elaborate without investing a ton of time. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do, so I started with a neutral base of OPI Skulls & Glossbones. In case you haven't tried the polish, it's a smooth light gray that looks great on everyone I've seen it on.

I decided to use OPI Can't Find My Czechbook to add colorful tips, but didn't want the traditional block of color so I tried a new technique. Using a ripped piece of makeup wedge, I sponged color on the tips until it was opaque with a slightly softer edge than you get when freehanding or using tape. After that, I used striping brushes to draw swipes of black and white on each side of the nail.

Overall, it took me about 30 minutes counting the clean-up time, but I love the simple design and complementary colors. I did swatch Sally Hansen polishes over the weekend, so keep an eye on the blog this week for some reviews.


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