Wednesday, July 31, 2013

31 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 6: Violet Nails

Oh boy, it is late! I'm a few hours past the Tuesday "deadline" for today's challenge, but I think it's worth the wait! I must say, I'm pretty proud of Meghan and I for keeping up with this so far...even if we've been a few hours late with some posts. 3 weeks into this adventure, and I am really enjoying this experience. Meghan is so talented so I doubt anyone can complain about having to look at her work :)

After trying out a completely different design and scratching it around 11 PM (3 hours ago!), a friend of my suggested a violet gradient with lace on top and I knew immediately I was going to do it. I feel like I say that a lot, but there is something that happens when you love a design - it just FEELS right. ;)

 I love how delicate and soft this look is and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I used Zoya's Julie (light purple) and Malia (dark purple) to create the gradient underneath the lace and though it's not a super prominent gradient, I like it. It's a little tough to see in the photos, but Julie has a very subtle and very pretty shimmer as it has some fine glitter mixed in with it. Very unique! With the help of my no. 10/0 brush from this kit, I painted the lace on with a generic white acrylic paint. 
 I wish I had some fancy tricks for painting patterns like this, but ultimately, it requires patience. If you try something intricate and delicate like this, don't sweat the small stuff! By that I mean, if you have a line out of place here or there, it's no biggie. You will drive yourself insane if you try and make everything completely symmetrical and the same! I also always recommend using a top coat over your base polish (especially in this situation since your base is also nail art) so that you can easily remove any mistakes you've made with the acrylic nail art on top of it.  
What do you think of this look? 

Happy Polishing! :)