It's time once again for another look from the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge. For those of you not familiar with this challenge here's a quick recap...This challenge is set up a bit differently than most. For starters there is the option to do weekly manicures with one week dedicated to themes, and one to colors. Or you can do every other week and stick with themes only or colors only. For the color portion of the challenge each person is also assigned a pattern. The end result is 40 different looks all done in the same colors. I opted to do the color challenge and you can see my previous looks using Teal, Orange, Purple and Green, Black and White and Grey.
This week the color is glitter topper or flakie and my pattern is tie-dye. Ummm yeah I was scared when I first saw this and had no idea how the heck I was going to pull it off. After a few failed attempts at making some tie-dye style decals I decided to throw the rule book out the window and just play around a bit to see what I could get. Are you ready for my results?
As you can see I cheated a little bit and ended up with what looks more like an oil slick than tie-dye. But honestly I don't care because I freaking love this!!!!! I love it so much I'm still wearing it chip and tip wear free I might add 7 days later. Whats my secret for such long wear time? There's a LOT of polish on my nails.
I started with a base color of Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. Once that was dry with was time to get messy. Thankfully I was smart enough to use my Nail Veil to take care of most of the mess but you can still see a few shimmering glitters hanging out that just would not come off my skin.
To get the tie-dye/oil slick look I placed random drops of polish onto a mat, dabbed my squishy stamper onto it and then placed that onto my nails. I over lapped colors as I went creating the blended look. I repeated this process until I had I look I liked.
For the colors I went with the Poolside collection from Finger Paints. I figured they were sheer enough to blend nicely but bright enough to look like tie-dye. And they have micro glitter so I didn't completely ignore all the rules. The colors are Aloha Lei, Hula Aruba!, Margarita Mambo, Surf's Up and Wild Bikini. I topped everything off with 2 generous coats of top coat and sat back to admire my work. Sometimes it feels good to break the rules, and I did promise an out of the box look in my last challenge post.
I also made a rough tutorial video in case you wanted to see exactly how I created this look.
Before you check out the other looks from this week I've got a bonus shot to share with you because well, I freaking love this manicure! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!