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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge Day 7: Red and Green Colors

     Today's prompt in the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art challenge is Red and Green colors. This is another one where there are endless options. In fact, there were so many options that it wasn't until I had a nail art brush loaded up with green polish that I knew what I was going to do.
     In an effort to work on my brush control I decided to take on the task of making swirls of red and green look like candy. This ended up being a little harder than I thought but by the end, I had 1 really good nail and a better understanding of brush control.

     I started with a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  Then I hand painted the swirls with Zoya Rekha and Wet~n~Wild Poison Ivy. My middle finger was the last one I painted and I think it turned out the best. It's a bit busy for an entire manicure, but I still like it. Not because it looks great, but because it shows a sort of progression with my brush strokes.



     Poison Ivy turned out to be darker than I remembered and looks almost black in some lighting. Which is kind of a bummer, but when the light hits it just right there's a flash of green shimmer. I almost added a lighter shade of green over the top to lighten it up a bit but didn't want to risk not being able to follow the original lines. I still might try it before I remove this manicure just to see how it looks.

     Now let's check out the looks everyone else came up with. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!




24 comments :

  1. Pretty!! I've never done a swirl like this before, but I keep meaning to try. I really like the polishes you chose to do it in. :)

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  2. Thank you. It was kind of hard, yet slightly easy to do if that makes sense. The spacing is the hardest part I think.

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  3. Look like sweets, so pretty and christmasy :)

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  4. I am always impressed with freehand and this is no exception :-)

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  5. Thanks Lisa. It turned out pretty good for my first time attempting this look. Id like to try it again with some bright colors for summer.

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  6. I love the look of this when it's done properly. Im not a huge fan of the ring or pinky finger but it did help with my brush control. I think it's a great look to do to "brush up" on your brush strokes!

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  7. Awe thank you. I feel the same way when it comes to people's free hand work. I think that's why it's so important to me to get better at mine.

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  8. I'm obsessed with peppermint during the holiday/winter season so these are right up my alley :)

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  9. Surprisingly I haven't had any yet this season. But I did pick up a peppermint foot scrub. =)

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  10. I have Poison Ivy too, and I agree - it's so pretty in the bottle but so dark on the nail. I do love how you've created this piece, though!

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  11. Thanks. I should have remembered how dark it was. I blame it on having "mom brain" and the kids needing extra attention this weekend.

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  12. I love it. Playing around with stroke work is great. Sometimes you get a gem!

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  13. I actually kinda like it being so dark, it makes it different than usual and it's really cool!

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  14. I love this! Been trying to do something like it, but can't quite master it yet!

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  15. As you can see I'm a long ways from mastering it but I started blogging because I fell in love with nail art. Along the way I got side tracked by swatching and I really want to get back to focusing on nail art.

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  16. These look great! I need to "brush up" on my brush strokes as well so maybe I should attempt something like this too because the results are so impressive!

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  17. your nails look beautiful! I love this design <3

    xx

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  18. Thank you. I am determined to get the hang of my nail art brush this year!

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