This is Essie Power Clutch. This is supposedly green, but I think it's definitely a gray. Then I added 3 coats of Kleancolor Peaceful Heart. I had to do some fishing for the hearts, but if you didn't fish I would guess you'd get hearts on almost every coat.
Peaceful Heart is green and gold glitter and blue heart-shaped glitter in a clear base.
This is a tutorial for the background design of the art I did here. This is definitely a subtle design, more noticeable with lighter colors. For my water lilies I used blues and greens and purples, for this tutorial I used pinks and oranges and purples.
I apologize in advance for the picture quality, I was trying to work fast. Also, everything but the final product is pre-cleanup.
I started with Kleancolor's Metallic Fushia, a one-coater.
I then used a white to sponge randomly over each nail.
I continued to sponge every pink, purple, orange, red, and sparkle in my collection.
When it started to get dark I added more white and silver
I then soaked a sponge in Non-acetone nail polish remover.
I then mixed the remover with some of the original color:
I used this this to sponge over each nail.
Here are some good pictures, after clean-up.
It is a lot of work for a subtle design, but I like the way it came out.
I'm not going to lie, this is by far the best manicure I've ever done!
I did this for Kayla's nail contest. I was inspired by my favorite piece of art, I have loved Monet for as long as I can remember. I think his Water Lilies series is so serine and beautiful, I wanted to do an impressionist-like design.
I will have a tutorial up for my impressionist nails next week, but for now, enjoy my nails. :)
Here is my left hand (natural light):
And here is my right:
A closeup of a few fingers on my left hand, you can really see all the colors I used on the background here!
Warning: This is going to be a long, picture heavy, post!
My wonderful brother gave me 8 amazing Elixir polishes for my birthday (note: I mean I picked them up and he bought them, lol), these are my first indies! You can buy these polishes here.
First is Blue & Green Blondes.
This is described on the website as: "Green micro glitter, gold mini hexagon glitter, and large blue hexagon glitter suspended in a clear base." The swatches I'm showing are 3 coats over black.
And here is a close-up of the bottle.
Next is With a K.
The website describes this as: "Silver and electric violet holographic micro glitter with violet prismatic hexagon glitter, suspended in a violet jelly base." It says that it is opaque in 2 coats, but I doubt that! Here it is shown with 3 coats over Kleancolor's Metalic Fushia.
There is a noticable holographic in person, but it won't show up in the pictures.
All the bottle shots I took ended up blurry... sorry!
This is the first non-glitter gradient I've ever done that I think was slightly effective.
I started with 2 coats of Fresh Paints Blue Steel. I'm not sure if the store 5 Below is everywhere (it's like a Dollar Store but with everything under $5). I've never seen Fresh Paints anywhere else. This color reminds me of blue jeans, and it stains like crazy when taking it off. This picture isn't totally accurate, it's more blue than green in person.
I then used Something like this with the Blue Steel and my Sally Hansen Black Out.