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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!