Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Layering: Iris Garden

When I sit down to paint my nails, there are times when my vision works out and translates correctly on the first try. Then, there are times that I get way too many layers going or really don't like the finished product. Last night was a combination of the both of those, with a little bit of old, gloppy formula and poor color choice mixed in. Thankfully, version 2.0 turned out much, much better!

Turquoise Layering Manicure

Mermaid Nails

Mermaid Jelly Glitter Sandwich

OPI Colorpaints Jelly Glitter Sandwich

OPI Turquoise Aesthetic Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
1 Coat OPI Turquoise Aesthetic
1 Coat Fingerpaints Daubigney's Garden
1 Coat Pure Ice Iris
1 Coat OPI Turquoise Aesthetic
1 Coat Pure Ice Iris
1 Coat Seche Vite

For the past couple of weeks, I've been wanting to do a mermaid inspired manicure. Not gonna lie, several attempts never saw the light of day. Some attempts turned into something completely different. This particular layering is version 2.0 from last night, and I'm really happy with how it turned out! 

Starting out, I knew that I wanted to use mainly turquoise and purple. I wanted a mermaid vibe and kind of had a jelly glitter sandwich in mind. The first time around, I actually used Turquoise Aesthetic to top off my layering and to test the jelly glitter sandwich capabilities. I was pretty surprised that it turned out as well as it did. However, that was layer 10 or 11, and my nails were turning into a gloppy mess. I started over and simplified my layering, sticking to just 3 polishes to create this super sparkly turquoise jelly glitter sandwich. 

Now that I've seen Turquoise Aesthetic successfully pull off a jelly glitter sandwich, I want to try the rest of my Colorpaints! Initially, I had written them off as being too pigmented for that sort of thing, but this layering turned out perfectly! Sadly, as much as I really do love this manicure, there's a tiny bare spot on my ring finger that I just can't leave on for another day. It's back to the drawing board, or I guess in my case, the nail desk! 

-S

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