Elegant Blue Manicure

People always associate spring with pastel colors, but this beautiful blue really appealed to me, especially because it has been raining quite a bit over the last few days.  I drew my inspiration from my color palette for this manicure.

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Mood in blue. From left to right: Fathom by Formula X for Sephora, #19 from Ya Qin An, and Evolve by Divergent.

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I started by painting all my nails with Fathom.

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I added an iridescent sheen to the base color with a coat of Evolve.

I stamped on a pretty filigree border vertically on my index and ring fingers using a design from plate BP-35 from Born Pretty Store.

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I used the topmost design in the lower left hand quadrant of this plate.

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A very easy and simple manicure by itself, and yes, I intentionally did not stamp the border in the same place on both nails.

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I finished by gluing a few pearl rhinestones haphazardly to my other fingers with Kiss Nail Art Glue.

I think the look is very pretty and understated for the season.  I do hope we start getting warmer temperatures again soon, though!

Happy polishing!

Arabesque Nail Art

My fiancé is also a musician, and he recently sent me a link to a Ibanez JEM series guitar designed by Steve Vai.  Even though I don’t play the guitar, I really want it!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-jem-uv-steve-vai-signature-electric-guitar

I imagined posing with my nails on the neck of the guitar and decided that some nail art was in order.

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Tools of the trade: craft smart Acrylic Paint in White, Too Too Turq by Sephora by OPI, and Evolve by Divergent.

I started with a turquoise base.  I wish I had the sea foam green color of the JEM, but it’s hard to believe that I don’t own a polish that is exactly that shade.

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Too Too Turq by Sephora by OPI, a part of the collection from their collaboration with Betsey Johnson.

I drew in some lines with the acrylic paint and a nail art pen (look for a review coming soon here), but a striping brush works just as well.

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The beginning of the vines.

I added little flourishes off the vines to represent leaves.  Artistic license is your friend here.

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This much of the design looks a little like bamboo.

To fill in the empty spaces, I added dots of varying sizes with a dotting tool.

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Feel free to doodle as you please and let your creativity flow.

For a little extra shimmer, I added the Evolve top coat by Divergent.  Yes, the nail polish is affiliated with the movie of the same title.

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Turquoise and white arabesque fantasy.

While I most likely will never own the guitar, I can at least enjoy the color scheme and a design that is loosely based on it.  What are you inspired by?  Let me know!

Happy polishing!