Monday, 18 August 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Floral Nails

Hola Nailistas!

I've been bad this week and haven't dedicated enough time to coming up with a super inspiring blog post. I got lucky last week and had an idea pop into my head at the 11th hour, but I've not been so fortunate this week. 

I'm actually gearing up to do a post on stamping, which I'm just starting to try out and explore, but I want to get a couple more designs nailed (aha, see what I did there?) before I put internet pen to paper and write about my impression of them and show you the fruits of my labour. 

So, I guess this is kind of a filler blog, just something to publish because I like to keep the posting regular and keep to my routine of posting on a weekly basis. As it happens, I'm currently wearing a design I created myself with the help of my beautiful Nicole by O.P.I polishes, so I thought that this week I'd show you the design and how I created it.

It's cute, right? I'm obsessed with floral designs at the moment. I think it's my way of clawing onto the remnants of summer because in my neck of the woods, it's pretty much nearly over! :(

The best part of the design was that it required very few polishes and was relatively easy to do, even though it did take quite a while to paint each layer onto every nail. I started off with 2 coats of That's Putting It Mild, which is pretty much my favourite nude colour EVER. It's just a great polish, glides on like a dream and gives a super smooth finish. 

I then used Goodbye Shoes from the Carrie Underwood collection to paint on the base colour of the flower. I placed each flower in a different place on the nail. If you check out my other designs, you'll see that I'm all about variety, so when I use the same design on each nail, I still like for it to look different on each one. 

Once that coat dried, I applied Forever 21's Nail Color in Sage over the top to create a type of gradient on the flower. I then dotted on some pale yellow polish for the centre of the flower and then outlined it and drew on some little vines/leaves just to add a bit more detail. 

It actually came out nicer than I was expecting. I don't tend to plan out or design anything beforehand when I paint my nails. I jut pick out the colours I want to use and see what happens, and this time I'm really liking what I've come up with!