Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plaid Nails

Sorry for not posting yesterday - I was out of town and thought I'd be back in time to post, but I wasn't. Maybe the three posts Friday make up for it? Anyway, I've been wanting to do plaid nails for quite a while, but each time I thought about it I was too intimidated to do it because I thought it would be really hard. However, I finally just took the jump! Here's what I did:

indoors, artificial light
indoors, artificial light (w/ matte TC)

 I based the design off of a picture tutorial I saw in a scan of the January edition of Nail Up!, a Japanese nail magazine. I got the scan from this post on I Love Nail Polish. Here's the design I copied (I cropped it out of the scan of the whole page):


Instead of white, I used grey (Zoya Harley), and I used Kiss stripers for the black and red. The red striper wasn't opaque enough to show up over the black stripes, so I covered up the places where they crossed in black. I did have to try twice on a couple nails, but I think it turned out pretty well overall, considering I have trouble drawing parallel lines when I can't erase them and try again. As you can see, I put Essie matte top coat on in the second picture so you could see the design better. Now that I'm looking at the pictures, I think I prefer it matte - and I'm sure I'll be doing more plaid manis in the future, so I may have to wear those matte-ified.

Until next time...I can't believe it's almost Monday! However, it is the start of spring today, so I guess that kind of balances it out. Happy spring!

14 comments:

  1. I really like the way this looks with the matte topcoat. It looks almost like you just cut out little pieces of plaid fabric and stuck them on your fingernails!

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  2. Thanks! It might actually be easier if I put plaid fabric on my
    nails...haha.

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  3. Great results for your first try!

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  4. Wow! You will get some attention drawn to your nails! It looks stunning espacially with the matte tc!

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  5. Thank you! I really like it matte.

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  6. I think it looks so cute! And love both matt and glossy versions :)

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  7. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to doing it again.

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  8. I love it matte!!!

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  9. hmm..how come I can't link my blog to my name... ahh...figured it out for next time

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  10. Thank you, and I'm glad you figured out how to link to your blog! :)

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  11. Ooh I really love it with the matte top coat!

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