Friday, 9 March 2012

Neon and black manicure.

Happy Friday everyone.

I've had a stressful week back at work (seriously, everything that could have fallen into my lap did) and I swung from phone calls, to conferences, to emails, to reports, to interviews...
I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel the relief that Friday brings (even if it IS just psychological!)

Here is a manicure I did the other day.

Now, I was actually going to try and do something like THIS by professional DQ, so I started with a sponged neon gradient over a white base. I then decided against animal print because I didn't want to copy the design completely.

I was then left with a gradient and wasn't sure what I was going to put on it. I couldn't find a stamping image that was right, so I got out the acrylic paint. By the way, I got this set of polishes from Primark for £2!! I can't express to you how good the quality is. They are eye-wateringly bright AND they have a light shimmer to them. I'm really impressed because I thought they'd be mediocre.

I then decided to outline the entire nail with acrylic paint, similar to a design I had seen on Nailporn's Tumblr some months back. The actual pattern I had seen was a nude colour with dark blue outlines (but blue wouldn't have worked with neon, so I had to go with black), some of which sectioned the nail into two halves. Am I making sense? I don't think so...have a look about half-way down the page on the left hand side.

I then added a few black lines in in the middle and also some dots because the nails still looked bare without anything in the middle. The whole thing was covered in some glitter polish.

It's amazing how what you have in your head can end up looking completely different on the nail!


I've told myself that I should try designing a manicure before starting to paint my nails, but I never do. I like the fact that it can you can end up with a masterpiece (or a disaster!) 

Do you give your manicures a bit of thought or just slap it all and hope for the best like I do?

Have a lovely weekend :)

xx

27 comments:

  1. I love it! now I want neon polishes. It made me think of summer beach ball fun! Have a great weekend

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    1. Ah, the Summer. I can't wait. Have a good one too :)

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  2. This is really pretty! My nails would've been a mess! lol

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    1. Thanks. I bet you'd do a good job!

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  3. Wow, this is just amazing! It's so bright and sooooo cool! Totally in love with this one!

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  4. i am SOOOOOOOO in love with this!!!! The neons are just like you said....eye wateringly bright! GuH!!!!

    Those lines are amazing...i need to practice with my acrylic paint more...right now my drawings look more like a first grader's work...HAHAHA

    Beautifully done, m'love!!

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    1. Winnie, if you have a good brush, it will do all the work for you. Get to painting lady!! Hope you are well :)

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  5. Omg! This is freakin' awesome! Wow :D I love that you added the dots and the glitter .. so cool! I plan most of my manis but sometimes I just start to paint and hope for the best :))

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    1. Thanks Theodora. I would like to just plan my mani's but I do tend to find inpspiration when I'm staring at my bare nails, lol!

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  6. This is super amazing!! You are so talented!!!

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    1. I'm glad you think so Elements. I also have the best fails...I'll be posting one shortly!

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  7. That is a seriously kick-butt mani!!!

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  8. Wow!! Love the gradient-neon-effect... Very pretty!

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  9. *tips hat to BeautyShades, Gottwinkies, Jennius and Kimskie*
    Thank you for your lovely comments ladies xx

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  10. Generally I'm not a fan of neon polish ... but this is so insanely awesome. Amazing job, really!

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  11. This is such a fun mani!! It came out great! I hope you had a restful weekend ;0).
    I tend to think about what I want to do before starting my mani. Does it come out the way I planned? Most times, no. LOL

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  12. I'm not usually a fan of neon but love the gradient effect......but for some reason it reminds me of the pattern on basketballs lol

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