Spring has sprung in South Africa! Sometimes it feels like it hasn’t really, but we are getting a few warm (even hot) days here and there. The air is starting to smell like summer and my hay fever has started acting up. All signs that the seasons are changing and terrible winter is crawling back into the hole where she belongs. I prefer summer to winter. I hate getting cold.
Anyway…onto the nails. Pastels are lovely and seasonal for Spring. I bought a gorgeous lilac pastel in my first batch of China Glaze purchases and was burning to use it. I had a few ideas for art as well and managed to execute them all to my satisfaction.
As usual I started off with my base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I painted all my nails with two coats of China Glaze Tart-y for the Party (don’t you just love the name?). I cleaned up my cuticles with acetone and my gel eyeliner brush while I let my nails dry a bit. I must say I painted the China Glaze on quite thickly (unintentionally so) and I was quite impressed with the fact that it didn’t bubble at all. Once I was finished cleaning around my cuticles I used my Revlon Chroma Chameleon Rose Gold polish and my fan brush to fan some stripes over my ring fingers. I simply dripped some of the Rose Gold polish onto a non porous surface, dipped the corner of my fan brush into the polish, dragged the brush over a clean surface and painted it from left to right across my nail. I did this a few times to darken the lines it made and to make sure that I had lines from cuticle to tip. I missed the parts near my cuticles and tips the last time I did fan brush art, so I was aware of it this time. I also painted my L.A. Colors Dizzy glitter polish over the Tart-y for the Party on both my middle fingers and finished off by using the saran wrap method to create a marble effect on my index fingers. I sealed everything in with my Seche Vite top coat.
You can see the art effects quite well in the sun picture above. I don’t normally take pictures in the sun, but I wanted to show how the Rose Gold effects turned out. This picture also really shows you how the saran wrap art turns out. I like it a lot and it is so easy to do.
Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with my Seche Vite top coat? My nails are knock proof SO fast. It actually gives me a little more time to do art/mess around before Rudi starts getting impatient. Waiting for me to do my nails is one thing, but waiting for them to dry irritates the crap out of him! Technically I haven’t told him how awesome my Seche Vite is, just in case there is a nappy situation that I’d like to skip 😛
What do you think? Have you/would you try any of these techniques?