Lightning Bolt Nail Art

3:45:00 PM

Hello polished peeps!  Hope you are all doing well today!  This post is a bit delayed, I know I had promised it yesterday, but I got really busy with some school work.  I'm pretty much the Queen of Procrastination, it's quite bad.  Let's take last night for example.  It was about 11pm, I was supposed to be working on my paper, but instead I was Googling the average length of a hug while talking with Amanda from Fashion Footing about hugging Ryan Lochte.  Clearly, my priorities are in order.

Instead of editing the pictures last night and posting, I decided I should ignore the blog and do my paper.  Good news, paper is submitted and I'm able to blog again!  Which I know one person who is thrilled with that.  That is Miss Gabi (@RubyStein79), my official mani inspector.  I did not let her inspect this manicure, as I did it for her birthday which was Friday.

Gabi loves storms, I hate them, with a passion.  They freak me out and I act like a two year old.  When I saw this nail art idea tutorial, my fear subsided and I had to paint lightning bolts on my nails!  A few months ago, I did do some storm nails, but they definitely were not as cool as these.  As soon as I showed the mani inspector the tutorial, she was hooked and couldn't wait for me to try them!

Here's how they turned out!

Colors Used:
  • Base
    • Sinful Colors - Black on Black
  • Bolt
    •  Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  •  Sponged Cloudy Light Stuff (I don't really know what you call the glow that comes from lightning)
    • Sally Hansen - Blue Me Away!
    • Funky Fingers - Factory Girl (I don't know the actual name lol)
    • Maybelline - Beach Plum
Pretty neat, huh?  This was one of those manicures I could NOT stop staring at when on my nails.  I was kind of hesitant about having black nails in the summer, since I'm all for neons and bright, but boy were these amazing.  They just stuck out.

I followed the tutorial the best I could, picture tutorials are always kind of hard.  I started by painting on my base coat of black polish.  From there, I sponged Blue Me Away! on my nails in the areas where I was going to draw the actual bolt.  When that was dried, I added some of the Beach Plum.  With a toothpick, I drew on the bolts over the areas where I sponged the color.  When the bolts were dry, I took Factory Girl and sponged over the bolt, followed by just a tad more Blue Me Away! and Beach Plum in the center.  Added a top coat, and was done.

I hated them at first, like beyond hated them.  The sponging looked awful and they just didn't pop.  When I added the Out the Door Top Coat, all the colors blended together, and that's why I fell in love.  It added a shine and made the sponging not look so harsh I guess you could say.  If you ever do attempt these, make sure you add a coat of top coat, otherwise, blech.

What do you think?? Cool?? You want to try them!??! If you do, I want to see!  Post pictures to my Facebook page anytime or Tweet me

Hope you all enjoyed, especially Miss Gabi!!!!  Have a great day everyone!!

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  1. OMG THOSE LOOK AWESOME!! I showed my boyfriend and he said " that is some awesome shit!! How did she do that!?!" lol I LOVE THEM!! :D thank you Alaina! <3 my life partner

    1. glad you like them!!!!! and yay too that your boyfriend liked them!!!! I think you should try them Gabi!!! I have faith you could do it!

  2. These look great!

  3. Any procrastination due to Ryan Lochte is absolutely acceptable. Oh, and your nails look cute too,

    1. I plan on telling my teacher exactly that! hahahah thank you!

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    1. so much better than expected. I really thought they'd look blah, but I loved 'em.

  5. Awesome!! And clearly googling hug length is just as important as writing a paper... I mean, a paper lasts for a semester, but a hug lasts a lifetime.nespecially when I'm hugging Ryan Lochte ~_~

    1. you are so right! I dont feel as bad now for procrastinating! :) lol


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