31 Day Challenge - Day 2 - Orange Nails

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Hello there!  Today I bring you Day 2 of the 31 Days of Inspired Nail Art Challenge!  Day 2 is centered around the color Orange.  This one was difficult for me.  I really couldn't think of anything that was orange other than, well, oranges.  I found a super cute idea, but I didn't have the right colors and was too lazy to actually attempt them.  I really did not want to have a disasticure.

Then I remembered a guest post that the amazing Ryan from Naild in the South (formally Dream a Little Dream of Polish).  She did cute butterfly wing nails, which she was inspired to do after seeing a manicure on pinterest.  Ever since I saw her post, I wanted to attempt them but the right opportunity never arose.  This challenge day was my moment....I was finally going to do monarch wings!!!!!

Let's take a look....






Colors Used:

  • Base
    • Zoya - Lianne
  • Details
    • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
    • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
To begin, I put on three coats of Zoya Lianne, a really pretty orange shimmer polish which I got for FREE at the beginning of the year through a Zoya promotion along with Zoya Avery.  Oh how I love a deal.  When that was dry, with my super long striper brush, I painted the individual arches and lines coming down from the arches.  With a tooth pick, I drew on the lower arches connecting the lower lines, and then filled in the tip with the polish brush itself.  Finally, with my dotting tool, I added the white dots.

I have to agree with Ryan on this, these nails were a pain in the booty!!!!  I thought she was joking when she posted that if you were a neurosurgeon to go for it.  Boy, oh boy, did they take a steady hand!  I'm thinking it was partially due to my striper which is sooooooo long.  It was a brush I had from a nail art polish which dried up a long time ago.  I threw out the polish but kept the brush and have been using it for awhile.  It has always bugged me how long it was, and I never thought of cutting it down.  Megan (@PaintinRainbows) gave me the brilliant idea of going to Michaels and purchasing regular paint brushes and cutting them down to size.  I took her advice and purchased 7 different brushes and I cannot wait to use them!  Hopefully it will make designs like this one easier!

What do you think?  Have you done the monarch/butterfly wing manicure?  Did you think it was difficult?  Tweet Me your designs! I want to see!   


As a reminder this is the challenge!  Do not forget to check out the other lovely ladies posts for today!!!



Until Day 3, have a good one! <3

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11 comments

  1. Came out much better than mine, I have to admit I gave up and scrapped it!

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    1. The first time I tried them, I scrapped it as well! This was a few months ago and I literally was never going to try them again. So happy!!! You should try again! :D

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  2. i loved your nailss.. and it really looked like it was difficult to doo!

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    1. it was annoyingly difficult, but so worth it! thank you :D

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  3. I've never tried monarch wing nails, but they are pretty and I think you did an excellent job! And I can't believe you use such mismatch tools! lol I bought a bunch of Bundle Monster brushes but haven't had the chance to use them yet to try them out. But sheesh, you used a toothpick! So resourceful! lol And I really like the Zoya you used as a base color, I'm surprised I don't have it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I started this blog using mismatched tools and this blog will die using mismatched tools! haha, well that's a lie, I did purchase those new nail brushes, so we shall see what happens :). I can't wait to hear how your bundle monster brushes work! And isn't it a pretty Zoya? Perfect fall color.

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  4. These look awesome! The final product is even better than the preview I saw. I love them!! I don't think I have a steady enough hand to do them, though, so I'll just enjoy yours. Thanks. :)

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    1. That's right! you saw the crappy webcam preview!!!! You should try them, missy!!! I have faith in you :). Thank youuu

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