Its time come again for another installment of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with this challenge here's a quick explanation. 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've opted to do the color portion of the challenge and have been having a lot of fun so far.
Now after doing 2 similar looks for this challenge I wanted to try and think outside the box and come up with some interesting looks to share. I think I did just that with my tie-dye manicure but for this week I was crunched for time and took the easy way out. You'd think after having 2 weeks off from work I would have found a little time to do some nail art! Sadly my style seems to be put things off till the very last minute lately. So here is my pale blue base manicure with a tribal pattern.
I started with Pure Ice Prince Charming from the newly released Fairy-tale Forrest Collection. A pale blue with subtle micro shimmer.
Thank God my clear jelly stamper showed up last week because it made adding the tribal pattern go on almost effortlessly and faster than I've ever done a stamping manicure before. Seriously if you like to stamp and haven't pick this miracle stamper yet do it right now. I mean it, open a new window and order that baby up. I'll wait.... got your order placed? OK let's continue.
Like I mentioned above I was crunched for time so stamping was the only way for me to go and I really liked this image from the promotional plate offered by Cult Nails about a year ago. I'm still so sad that they closed up shop...one of the very first indies I ever purchased.
I used Orly Glitz to stamp with and am extremely happy with how well it worked. For some reason I had it in my head that I had to use gold for a tribal pattern if my base was pale blue. It seemed more authentic to me, but don't ask me why. And after sitting and staring at my collection for 20 minutes trying to pick a different color I gave up and went with gold.
I do actually like the way these colors go together and happy that I stuck with my original idea. But I wanted to see what it would look like matte. Again thinking it would have a more authentic feel to it.
Now with the matte top coat you lose the sparkle in Prince Charming but I still prefer it this way. Its not a huge difference from the glossy version but it has a different feeling to it for me. Here's a macro of both look so you can pick which one you like better and let me know in the comments.
And remember this is a nail art challenge so there's a link up involved, so be sure to check out the other looks. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!