Sunday, October 7, 2012
Nail-aween Challenge 3: Bloody Nails
Hello again! I know this is 2 posts in less than 24 hours, but I couldn't help myself. I got done with the 3rd Nail-aween challenge and it turned out so fantastically that I had to share right away! The challenge is "Bloody Nails". I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to do a drippy red french manicure or really grungy zombie nails. I decided instead to try a new technique. Without further ado:
I splattered 'em! I've seen this technique around in the blogosphere and decided to give it a shot. I started with 2 coats of Essie in Yogaga, a greyish beige creme. When that was dry, I cut a straw into 3ish inch pieces and dipped one end into Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Chocolate Kiss. CK is a perfect deep red with brown undertones for blood. Turned out quite convincing, I thought! I made sure the dipped end was totally covered with polish and then I blew a sharp breath into the non-polished end of the straw. As you blow, the polish sprays out and splatters randomly all over your nail. It took a few puffs to get the right pressure going, but it was easy after that. Messy, but easy :) A word to the wise, do tape off your nails. Otherwise, clean up will take forever. On my left hand, I thought I'd be smart and just slather on cuticle oil as a barrier against the excess polish. Yeah, that didn't really work. Tape may take a bit longer to apply, but it's a lot cleaner.
*more after the jump*
Here's a close up of my bloody manicure:
And, because my right hand never gets any love although it looks just as fabulous as my left:
And here's a shot of my right hand before clean up. You can see how much extra polish got flung around; I even got some on my face!
I actually really like the "before clean up" photo, it's very horror movie-ish. When I applied my Seche Vite, it really knocked out all that gloppy texture that looks like congealed blood in this photo. And, I know, that's what SV is supposed to do, but I was somewhat disappointed about it in this case.
I hope you're enjoying the Nail-aween Challenge as much as I am because there's lots more to come! Thanks so much for reading!