Monday, August 12, 2013

Before & After: Texture tips

Hello!!

I'm still playing catch-up with my challenges, and today I'm catching up with the Mish Mash Challenge! This week's theme was to do a tape mani, so I decided to play with texture and do a funky French look. :)

I started with a base of Top Shop Phenomena, a dark olive green with a glass fleck finish; this can coat with one coat, but I used two to be sure:


Top Shop Phenomena, artificial light

Top Shop Phenomena, full sunlight




Next I taped off the area for two stripes, and painted one with Orly Black Pixel, and one with Orly Plum Pixel (my scores at the Red Tag Clearance sale!):





What I like about this: I like the purple and the green together, with the black tip, and I love the combination of the glass-fleck base and the textured stripes. It's hard to capture the textural difference, so I took a fan-type pose picture so you could see different light angles on the polish. It's simple, but dramatic. :)

Hope your week is off to a good start, thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love,
M.

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous manicure! The colors look so good together! I really like the base color! :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm really loving green and purple, particularly smokey versions of both, together right now. :)

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  2. Ooh, Phenomena is gorgeous! I always forget Topshop do polish, I never remember to check that section whenever I pass a branch.

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    1. They're pretty decent polishes, too. I was lucky enough to have a friend who was visiting the UK grab me some. They have some nice sneaky duochromes that don't look duochromey in the bottle. :)

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  3. This looks so amazing!!! Definitely love the color combo and your lines are so crisp!! :)

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    1. Thank you! I had to practice a bit to get tape manis right, and I still mess them up a fair bit, but I'm getting much better!

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  4. Pretty manicure, love the combination of textures.

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    1. Thank you! I really love the textured polishes, they add so much dimension to nail art--pun not intended, lol!

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  5. I don't know what it is about purple and green, but I just LOVE that color combination. That olive green base is gorgeous!

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    1. Right? I am so in love with that combo right now, especially when the colors are more on the muted/smokey side. :)

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