Rhythmic Gymnastics Nails

I’m very fortunate to have made friends with some very talented nail artists on Instagram through the magic of collaborations.  About a month ago, we started a group chat discussing the plan to do an Olympics theme, so each of us picked a sport to represent.  Because of the time differences between us 13 nail artists across the world, I was one of the latecomers to the conversation.  A lot of sports had already been picked, but when I saw that rhythmic gymnastics was available, I jumped on it!  I had visions of the ribbon twirling in my head.

For those who have never seen a routine, you really ought to watch at least a little bit of the video here!  The amount of skill needed for this sport is insane!

For the color palette, I picked the following polishes.

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Pictured from left to right: Bunny by Julep, Only Gold For Me by Sephora by OPI, Folies Bergère by Cupcake Polish, and Copa Girls by Cupcake Polish.

Because the mat in the Olympics is white, I painted all my nails with Bunny to serve as a base.

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Go for the gold! Bunny by Julep has gold micro glitter.

I tried to play up the gold of the micro glitter with Only Gold For Me, which is actually a glitter top coat.  I applied it with a sponge to soak up the extra fluid from the top coat, but it still makes a lovely natural glitter gradient.

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I used different colored acrylic paints by craft smart to paint the Olympic rings which were a required element for all the designs of the collab. I used a striping brush and a dotting tool with holo polishes from Cupcake Polish to paint ribbons and balls soaring through the air.

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You’ll notice that I added more glitter to fill in empty spaces around the Olympic Rings in the bottom left hand picture. I didn’t want any glitter getting in the middle of the rings, which is why I didn’t apply it over my entire nail to start.

I used a striping brush and a detail brush with black acrylic paint to outline the ribbons and the balls so that they would stand out more in the design.

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Five gymnasts usually compete as a team, so I had two ribbons and three balls represented in the design. Coincidentally, there are also five rings in the Olympic symbol.

I imagined that I would have a silhouette of a gymnast twirling a ribbon on my thumb.  I have pretty short nails, so this was the only space where I had room to do this.  I had to sketch this out with pencil and paper first before I tried to paint it.

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I used a detail brush with pink holographic polish to paint in a twirling ribbon, then I painted the silhouette of the gymnast with black acrylic paint and outlined the ribbon. The gray line is the handle of the ribbon.

Here’s the finished look!

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Yay for rhythmic gymnastics!

I had the foresight to use a peel off base coat with this design so that I can keep it forever.  For the record, Ünt peel off base coat really does work well!

 

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It’s sure a lot easier to arrange peelies for a pose than it is to get my hand in the right position!

As for that collab, I think that everyone did a fabulous job!

Best of luck to Team USA in all their events at the Olympics in Rio this year!  Happy polishing!

Snowy Cityscape Nail Art

Raise your hand if you got hit by winter storm Jonas over the weekend!

It only seemed fitting to do some sort of snowy nail art after being dumped with over 20 inches of snow in NYC.  With a travel ban in place on the day the blizzard came, I used the time to do some nail art.

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The color palette: Snowcone by Orly, Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, and Wham! by Formula X for Sephora.

I began by painting all my nails with the aptly named Snowcone polish by Orly.

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This beautiful sky blue is brought to you by Snowcone from Orly.

I used a plate from Bundle Monster to construct my city.

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Plate BM-414 from Bundle Monster.

To make a little bit of a variation on some of the buildings, I tried to stamp the pattern at varying heights, and I also erased parts of the design by painting over the tops of some structures with Snowcone.

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Stamping done with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black and plate BM-414 by Bundle Monster.

Wham! is a great glitter top coat from Formula X that mimics snow quite well.  I applied one coat to the top 3/4 of my nail so that the buildings would not be completely covered by glitter.

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Wham! by Formula X creates a realistic looking snowfall with its different sized glitters.

Important note- I should have let the stamping polish dry completely before applying Wham!  I’m so used to instantly applying Seche Vite top coat over all my designs that I forgot that stamping polish can get streaky if a different clear based polish is used on top of it.

I did try to clean up some of the streakiness by adding touches of Snowcone over the parts that didn’t look so nice.  I think the overall effect is pretty cool.

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Winter in the city.

Hope you’re all staying warm and safe out there!  Happy polishing!