And I was feeling a little mellow so I put some Bubble Bath Gel Color from OPI on them.
But the hue was a little too pink for my liking. Then I remembered the other day that I had some mineral makeup that I had bought, like 3 years ago, and my little mind started to work. I wondered if the makeup I had would give the Gel Color that fun iridescent look that is so hot right now. Almost like a mirror finish.
So, I tried them all over a clear gel coat to see what might happen. I decided to use the one with the least amount of color in the pigment and I am happy with the final color is gave my nails.
Then, I remembered that I had this cool gift bag that had a great shimmer and shine to it. Again my mind went into over drive and I thought…..
Hey, lets cut that bag up and make it into slivers of the bag to put into gel on my nails!
Marian Newman, from London and who I learned from during Nails Mastered said that you should always gather unusual things because you never know what kind of cool art it might become!!!
I added some different sized and colored Swarovski crystals to it and then filled in some of the gaps with Crystal Pixie by Swarovski and this is the final look! I did my thumb on the other hand.
I’m not too sure I’m finished with these nails. They seem like they are missing something.
So, take Marian’s advice like I did and gather those strange things that may not have been designed for nail art because you never really know when inspiration is going to hit!
I know there has been a lot of talk in the industry in regards to the use of chrome pigments and holo pigments. I am not here to agree or disagree with any ones view, but to mention the upside of my testing out chrome and holo pigments.
The one thing that these trends have made me realize is that your work has to be PERFECT! Not even the slightest dip or bump can be left on the nail or it looks like, well, you know!!!
Let’s look at the line of light on this nail.
line of light shows a depression in nail!
And the other thing that I learned, by error, is that if you use a certain no wipe top coat to create the look, you have to use it on all fingers. I did some repairs after I saw my line of light was off and I used a different no wipe top coat. Both work just fine, but I did get different colors out of them! Same base color and holo pigments.
Very slight, but one looks more silver than gold! Good to know for the future. Whether to keep your mani looking perfect or to use it for a different effect!
That’s what I found the be the upside of chrome/holo nails. It makes you do better work!!!!
I got to attend my first ever Quinceanera this last weekend. For those who are unfamiliar as I was here is a definition from Google
What is a Quinceanera Party?
One of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture is the tradition of the quinceañera. This constitutes a ceremony on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood, to give thanks to God for his blessings, and to present a young woman to the community.
There is a lot of work involved in getting a Quinceanera together. Kind of like planning a wedding actually. There are gowns to be bought, dances to be rehearsed, meals and cakes to be planned and people to invite!
Here is our “Quince Girl” from this weekend.
And the nails that I did for her special occasion!!!
I especially like the middle finger that I did in two different colors of dark blue but created a smoky negative space and then added celophane for a shattered glass effect.
Happy Birthday Aliya …..xoxo
Here is some candid shots of the event.
Yummy, yummy Pazole!
Her little sister, Layla’s shoes!!!
A beautiful gift after the rain!
Her cake. Plus the shoes to take her into womanhood!