Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dry Brush Decals

     Hey everyone. I've got a new nail art look to share with you today featuring some returning favorites from Literary Lacquers. These polishes returned to the shop on October 19th along with the newly released Faulkner Duo. Since they are returning shades I decided to skip the swatches (for now) and try my hand at making some decals using the dry brush technique.

     While I will admit this isn't the best way to showcase all of the polishes it was something fun for me to do and I wanted to share that with all of you. Plus it gave me the chance to use my mini nail art mat from Uber Chic.

     Looking at this photo you'de be hard pressed to know that I used 4 different polishes to create this look. Like I said it's not exactly the best way to showcase these polishes but I do like the finished result. So just what are the polishes I used? The Raven Trio originally released in 2016 And this Mystery Explore, Sweet Lenore, and Soul Within Me Burning. 

     To get this look I randomly brushed small amounts of each polish onto my mini Uber Chic mat until I'd covered the entire nail outline.  Becuase my mat is the black version it was a little difficult to see if I'd actually covered the entire area. The Raven Trio consists of 3 glitter polishes and although they are packed full of glitter there was the possibility of bald spots. I added a layer of Sherlock (originally released in 2015 from Literary Lacquers) a milk chocolate creme finish nail polish. This served 2 purposes, to avoid any bald spots and, to help make my decals easier to peel up off my mat.

     Once my decals were dry I applied a layer of Orly Bonder to my nails and allowed it to dry until it was slightly tacky. All that was left was to apply the decals to my nails, do a little cleanup and add a layer of top coat.  I know that bonder is supposed to be a sticky base coat but I like to apply my decals before it's fully dry. I seem to get better adhesion that way. You do have to be careful though, if the base coat is too wet it will dissolve your homemade decals, and they will split and tear easily. I learned that the hard way more than once. 

     Do you have any tricks for applying homemade decals? What do you think of my dry brush look? Would you like to see the Raven Trio swatched in the future? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. As always, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 


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