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. that is very creative, good job

  4. 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.

  6. 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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