Sunday, July 27, 2014

City Skyline = Take 2

Well hello there polished world!  How are you today?  I'm doing well, especially since last night I edited four posts worth of photos!  I have two awesome manicures that I cannot wait to share with you on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Then at the end of the week, I'll be debuting another Nail Artist of the Month.  This blog is booming with posts and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Well, after editing so many photos, I had honestly no idea which design I should share today.  I pretty much had to close my eyes and point at the screen and wherever my finger landed was what I was going to post.  When that didn't really work, I just went with the design that was the oldest....and that was my second take on the City Skyline nails.

I did these nails back in the beginning of June around the time that my team leader discovered my Instagram account and found my first attempt at the look which was done after I saw CutePolish's video.  She was in love with the design and it was all that she could talk about, so I thought it was the perfect time to try them out for a second time.  I meant to get them on the blog sooner, but for some reason they weren't in my "To Be Edited" folder and they slipped my mind.

No worries though, here they are!  So let's take a look!

Colors Used
  • FingerPaints - Paper Mache
  • OPI - Eurso Euro
  • Ulta - Tutu Cute
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • Mary Kay - Lemon Parfait
  • INM - Northern Lights
I started out with a base coat of white polish.  Once the white was dried, I grabbed my make up sponge and painted on the gradient of OPI Eurso Euro and Ulta Tutu Cute.  I dabbed it on the nail a few times leaving the tip of my nail white.  Since it was going to be covered by the buildings, I didn't think it was necessary to have the gradient go all the way to the tip of the nail.  Plus, I was scared that if I did put the gradient to the tip of the nail, the building would cover the transition and it would just look like a funky blue sky and not the electric night sky.

When my gradient was dried, I added a top coat of INM Northern Lights.  Clearly I'm obsessed with this top coat.  It's perfect for this type of manicure because it really makes the night sky look like one with zillions of twinkling stars.

Once that was dried, I took my brush from my Orly Liquid Vinyl and painted on the buildings.  I used my striper brush to add details for the little antennas on the top of the buildings.  Then when the black was dried, I used my dotting tool and Lemon Parfait to make the glowing windows. 

I had mixed feelings about this manicure.  The second attempt sure was a lot better than the first, but I still need to work on the whole building situation.  They just didn't turn out how I imagined them, and my windows were all wonky.  I think when I did them it was late and I was tired and really didn't care that my windows looked so crappy.  It's just something I'm seeing now.  Like look how that middle finger has huge windows where as all the others are all uniform.  Oh well, OCD pet peeve right there.

What do you think?  Liking the skyline look??

Hey so side note, would you like to see me do any tutorials for any of my recent designs?  I know it's been awhile since I've asked so I thought I would throw it out there.  I feel like I haven't done one in forever and am kind of itching to start doing them again.  I miss doing nail art wheels also.  Well, keep it in mind and let me know on here or any of my social networks!

Until next time, <3.

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