In anticipation of the weekend with my mother, the thing I was obviously the most excited about was the mani. I wasn’t 100% sure what I would do. 50th celebrations make me think of gold, probably because 50th wedding anniversaries are classified as “gold”. The closest polish to gold that I have is Tip Top Hot Fudge, which more like a champagne/copper/gold colour. It occurred to me that I had never used my Hot Fudge, so I was eager to try it. I felt uninspired about how to accent it and thought I would use some of my essence French Glam stickers, but too many stickers could also look crap. So I roped in Ordinary Misfit and she suggested I do an alternative french mani with Hot Fudge as the base and black tips. I could then maybe add a sticker on the accent nail. Done.
I mentioned the idea to Rudi and he suggested I rather do large triangles in black extending from cuticle to tip. I thought that would look cool and decided rather to do this. I painted my Hot Fudge base on Friday night. As usual I started with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I painted the Hot Fudge very carefully as the review I read about it cautioned about flooding your cuticles because it is a pain to clean. I hate flooding my cuticles, but it happens to me quite often. I managed to avoid it this time around. Hot Fudge is fully opaque in one coat. You can, however, see the brush strokes you made when it dries, so I added a coat to some of the nails I didn’t feel looked neat enough. Unfortunately this caused some of my nails to bubble. I figured I wouldn’t redo them since I would be painting large black triangles on them the next day anyway.
I woke up before the rest of the household on Saturday and started thinking about how I would manage the black triangles. As I was pondering how I would tape them up, I started thinking about all the other things I had wanted to do…and thought…why not do everything?! So I planned out which design I would do on each finger before I even got out of bed and ended up with…
I was so super chuffed with how they turned out! This is the first mani I’ve done that I would classify as “nail art”. I actually borrowed @SanitShimmy’s Sinful Colors Black on Black because I was worried about the opacity of the Tip Top Black Forest. I really prefer the Sinful and after using it on this mani, I’ve decided I must have it. Anybody have an emo teen that might like the Black Forest? 😉 I used tip guides for my thumbs. I purchased my tip guides from Planet Nails. I paid about R12.00 for 60 stickers. I’ve never had a problem with them. I did the 3 dots on my middle finger with the large side of my dotting tool, no problem. Obviously the sticker was pretty straight forward, but be careful how you place them. Once it starts sticking you can’t really remove it and stick it somewhere else. I didn’t feel comfortable trying to take them off again. The triangles were a bit more tricky. I used regular sellotape to demarcate where I would want to paint. It all looked good to go and I pulled the tape off right after I painted. It would seem, however, that the tape wasn’t stuck down very well because the nail you see in this picture looked more like it had a black hourglass on it. The other one came out perfectly, so I was fretting what to do because they were different. I had a brainwave and decided to try to ‘fix’ the triangle. I couldn’t redo everything since I didn’t have much time before we had to leave to go to my mother and I don’t want to stick tape on semi-wet nails for fear of ripping it all off. I got Babyice to dig my striping brush out of the little draw where I keep my tools and blobbed some paint on a box and continued to correct the triangle. Luckily the Hot Fudge is very opaque. I’m not sure if I would of gotten away with doing this with a sheer polish. Covering black would of been a real problem! When I did my top coat it dragged a little black out of the triangle too, revealing the Hot Fudge beneath. I corrected this with the striping brush as well. I was surprised I was able to fix it so nicely 🙂
I absolutely love how this mani turned out! Someone on Instagram said the triangle and dots reminded them of a tuxedo. Must be why I thought about wedding nails when looking at this. In hindsight I’m really glad I didn’t do triangles on all my nails, since they were the most tricky! What do you think of this mani? Would you try this?