A while ago I saw a post on Siobhan’s blog for a fan brush art tutorial. I immediately decided I *needed* a fan brush and that I want to do it too! It seemed easy enough. I bought a fan brush rather cheaply (I think about R20) at Dischem and have had it stashed away for when I had played out all the manis I had planned in my head ahead of time. I lacked some inspiration for my next mani (after running out of pre-planned ideas), but knew I wanted to use my new essence hello marshmallow. Then I remembered my fan brush!
I have very little time to do my nails in the week. I usually end up sitting at 21:00 doing my nails once Babyice is in bed and Rudi can entertain PrincessIce. Doing your nails at night has some disadvantages. The light quality is terrible and you have a much bigger chance of linen print on your polish since bedtime is around the corner. I can’t possibly only do my nails on weekends though, sometimes a mani is required during the week! My nails had already been bare for two days after removing my glitter gradient mani and I couldn’t stand it anymore!
I decided to use essence hello marshmallow (lilac) as my base coat and Tip Tip Melting Marshmallows (pastel pink) for the fan brush art. I started off with Tip Top Miraculous Results as my base and two thin coats of essence hello marshmallow. After fanning on the Melting Marshmallows I realized you couldn’t even see what I had done. There was not enough contrast between the two marshmallows to see the fan brush effect! I rifled through my polishes and came across my Tip Top Sexy Bikini which is a bright pink neon. You couldn’t miss this! So I fanned that on over the other two colours. Once I had finished brushing all my nails I added some Tip Top Rocky Road to my ring fingers for accent (any excuse to use Rocky Road!). I finished it all off with my Essie Top Coat. This is the result:
Executing the fan brush effect is rather simple and doesn’t really require much clean up afterwards. Even if the polish comes off the brush looking solid, dragging the brush over the polish again separates it and the fan brush effect shines through. Today in proper light I can see that there may be places by my cuticles or tips where I needed more Sexy Bikini to cover some bald patches. I’m not really sure I like this mani. I’m not certain if the colours are putting me off. While doing the fan brush art the polish you are brushing on dries pretty quickly, which causes the polish to feel very textured and sticky while you are brushing on extra layers/filling in gaps. That felt weird and I think contributed to me not loving the end result so much. A top coat evens it out nicely. Also, my nails are shorter now than I like them to be. Everyone who has seen the mani likes it though, so perhaps I’m just full of nonsense.
What do you think?
P.S. I stuffed up my ring finger really badly on my other hand after going to bed, somehow wiped off all the layers of polish on half my nail. Luckily with all the layers, textures and the Rocky Road it was fairly easy to do emergency repairs and cover up on this with zero time while getting ready the next morning. Messy manis have advantages!