Friday, September 28, 2012

31 Day Challenge - Day 7 - Rainbow Nails - Converse Nail Art!

Day 7 of the 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art  Challenge...and that means, it's rainbow day!!!!  I am almost 100% positive that I am the only one who did not do the typical rainbow manicure for this challenge day.  Reason being, rainbow manicures are a pain in the booty.  I did one rainbow manicure back for St. Patrick's Day and it took way too long and I vowed to never free hand a rainbow again.

I was going to do a rainbow gradient, but my nails weren't long enough to fit a whole rainbow onto a sponge then onto the nail.  Then, I was going to rainbow skittles, but I figured that would be boring.  This was the manicure where I really wish I owned a stamper set because rainbow skittles + stamps = awesomeness.

So free hand nail art it was.  The two ideas I decided upon were stained glass or Converse sneakers.  When I took to Twitter, of course I had a tie, which resulted in me just closing my eyes and picking a manicure.  The winner, skittle converse!  Not your typical rainbow, but hey, it's full of color, so why not!?  I'd like to thank the amazing Ryan from Naild in the South for helping me pick out my colors and selecting what finger to put what color on.

Let's take a look at my not-so-typical rainbow manicure!

Colors Used:

  • China Glaze - I'm With the Lifeguard
  • China Glaze - Hang Ten Toes
  • China Glaze - Splish, Splash
  • China Glaze - Sun Kissed
  • Funky Fingers - Riot!
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
I attempted these nails last year before I was a blogger.  The only picture I have to show of them is going to be posted below this, and I was very hesitant in doing so.  I photographed them with my crudtastic webcam and posted them to Facebook for all my friends to see.  Of course, they were a hit despite how awful they were.  Looking back on them now, I can't believe I posted them, but it's really amazing to see how far I have come!  These original ones were done all with tooth picks.  As you can see I also wasn't one to clean my edges either. 

Ahhhh look at my nubs!!! Such small nails I had, but I was able to fit on the lil sneakers!  Remembering that night and painting my current ones on was seriously night and day.  Oh, how I love my new nail art brushes!  Seriously, the nails were SOOOO much easier to do with the paint brushes instead of using tooth picks.

To begin, I painted on my base colors.  From there, with one of my paint brushes, I painted on the white toes of the Converse.  Then, with my dotting tool, I added 6 dots to represent the lace holes with Snow Me White.  When that was dried, with my smallest paint brush, I added the laces.  Finally, with Black on Black, I painted on the black lines on the toes, and then with my only tooth pick of the night, added black dots to the lace holes.

Seriously, if you want to do nail art and are accustomed to using tooth picks like I was, you need to run out to the store now and purchase some paint brushes.  I just went to Michaels and grabbed some that reminded me of stripers.  They have made my life SO much easier!

Have you ever done Converse nails?  If so, I must see!!!!!  Do you like my take on the rainbow day?  Do you think I should have stuck to your typical rainbow manicure?

As a reminder, here is the 31 Day not forget to check out the other lovely ladies participating!!!!

See you all on Day 8! <3