Monday, 31 October 2016

Hearty Nails: Halloween 2016 Snippet The Wound

Don't worry, it was new moon yesterday, you're safe from werewolves.

Funny enough, when I had just done this I saw ClaraHNails posting a very similar one on her IG Stories. Though I imagine hers was probably done in gels or acrylic, as that's what she usually does.
Mine is done all in polishes, in a very smart way similar to something I saw The Daily Nail do ages ago. I painted a coat of black first then two different reds, because they have different undertones so I thought it'd be good to use both, then a flesh colour, and then a fat coat of quick dry top coat. Before it dried properly, I took a toothpick and cut three slashes, but since they looked too even, I had to play with the toothpick on the edges a bit to make it look better. Then I thought it needed more red, so I added a tiny bit to the edges, with the toothpick. And then I did NOT top coat it because it would've ruined the texture.

I used:
Sinful Colors Black on Black
SpaRitual Hunk of Burnin' Love
Kiko 362
Uñikas nº 22
Sally Hansen Insta-dri

'Tis but a scratch.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hearty Nails Halloween 2016: Painterly candy corn

And so it's here, it has come, it's Halloween time. Last year I had a single blogpost with two Halloween designs, because I was late with it. This year I will be having two posts, but I'm also a bit late, oops. You might think the 23rd isn't all that late, but I really wanted to post this earlier.

Anyway, in last year's post, one of the designs was a revamping of a design I had previously done, twice. This here design follows the same concept of improving a previous design. To be specific, a candy corn design I did in 2013, which you can see here. While I liked it back then, I kept thinking the french edge is too sharp and doesn't really go that well with the gradient below. So I took the gradient aspect, and gave it a twist.

(I did not change the background here, it's my old friend the lighting problem)

It was all done in acrylic paint over a base of white polish, which was Barry M Matt White (honestly I keep being surprised when I read the name despite having had it for years, because it's not matte??? Ok it literally just occurred to me that it might be named after a person, but in that case, why??).

I painted the acrylic right over the white base, starting with the yellow, followed by the orange (which I mixed, because I don't have an orange) and then back with the yellow and back with the orange until they had just the right amount of overlapping. Then I went in with white acrylic paint to soften the top edge of the orange until, again, it was just the right amount of overlapping.

At some point this week there will be another Halloween post up. Hopefully not on the actual 31st, that would mean true last minute.