Wednesday, October 16, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 25: Inspired by Fashion

Oh my gosh! If there is anyone out there who reads my blog regularly, you may have noticed that I've been MIA for the past 2 weeks (I can't believe it's been that long!). Meghan and I decided to take a brief hiatus from the 31 Day Challenge since we both had busy weeks last week. While I've been doing tutorials for other blogs over the past 2 weeks, I haven't quite managed to post them here yet - hopefully I'll have those up by tomorrow night! I missed you all!

Anyway! We are both back tonight with our Fashion inspired nails! I am not exactly fashion savvy so I wasn't really sure where to even begin with this look but then friend of mine found this fabulous stained glass print dress from Alexander McQueen and I fell in love. I wish I had $1000 to drop on this dress!

I've done stained glass nails before but this print was still really daunting to me. I contemplated doing some of the background design as well, but in the end, I settled on the center flower inspired stained glass. 
To create this look, I used a liner detail brush that I purchased from Michael's for about $5. It's one I've been using a lot lately and it great for detail work. I used a base of OPI's My Vampire is Buff and then started with Square Hue's Desert Grit (which I didn't realize was textured until it was drying...oops!) as the orange flower in the center. I outlined the orange with black acrylic paint and added in the various detail line work. The tan/brown in the stained glass leaves is watered down brown acrylic paint and I'm actually really curious to try out this technique in other manis with more exciting colors. I finished off the look by adding the light and dark blue (OPI's Can't Find My Czechbook and Habit Cosmetic's Blue Velvet respectively) and the tiny green petals in the center (Habit Cosmetic's Moss). 
As I was doing these I wasn't really feeling them. I was really unsure of how the colors were going to work together but once I added a top coat, the entire mani changed for me. It's amazing how top coat pulls a whole look together! I love it :) 

What do you think of these? Which designer or look would you have done for your fashion inspired nails?

Happy Polishing :)