For this look I used 2 coats of a shimmery mauve color from Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Jewel Frost, and sponged on an almost black eggplant creme, also from Sally Hansen Hard as nails. I needed 2 coats of Claire's Matte Top Coat to smooth it out, then found the slowest drying shiny clear polish I own = ColorRama Top Coat and used a dotting tool to make multi-sized dots diagonally across my nail.
I tried the matte/shiny dots a few months and didn't like it, but this is really cool. I think having a dark matte base, and then adding shiny dots is the way to go. I will try this again with a solid dark base and shiny dots sometime in the future. Using a dotting tool made this really simple. I also tried using the head of dressmaking pin as I had recently seen a video tutorial on YouTube using this method for dots and that worked out perfect!
I tried for a solid 45 minutes to copy this below - This was first brought to my attention on MUA a few days ago and has haunted my thoughts since. If anyone knows how to do this please, please post a tutorial! I might just be too clumsy and slow to pull it off, but I think this is magnificent!
shameless photo stealing below by me - dang this is beautiful
She wrote that she did it with a pin, and I tried and tried to copy this with every implement I could round up - but my swirls look thick, wonky and not even close to as pretty as this. So I had to give up on this look and instead went with a sure thing = a sponge mani.
so here is what I settled on for the evening....
Sally Hansen Jewel Frost, Radish, Claire's Matte Top Coat and ColorRama Top Coat
with 2 coats of Claire's Matte Top Coat
2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard a s Nails Jewel Frost ~ No TC
............ and a few experiments, I think I need a very slow drying polish to achieve the look I posted, but I really do not have anything that dries slow enough, all the polish's I keep/own dry far too quickly that there isn't enough time to do something like the photo I posted of NailsyMo's work.
I used a piece of glass from an old photo frame to figure out how to make those thin wispy swirls
Try looking up water marbeling if you haven't already...I think that will help you! :)
I am sooooo in love with that pink/black look!!! Great job!!
Great idea to use a glass from a photo frame for practice!
Most of attempts are really good... And also you can expose them! ;-)
Those dots are nothing short of brilliant. Brilliant, I say.
OMG I love, love the idea of the dots on top to make a finish contrast... I just HAVE to try this look, it's brilliant!!!
Your look turned out well! I really hope she makes a tutorial, I'd love to see how it looks on you!
Your mani really shows off the matt/gloss contrast! I also admire all your trial and error hard work...so clever doing it on a piece of glass! I hope you achieve the other mani soon =)
Great Manicure! Also, the designs on the glass I though those were really cool! Now I want to try it lol
I just love the matte with the shiny dots... makes me want a matte top coat to try it out!!
I hope you figure that design out, because its truly gorgeous!!
This is a wicked cool looking mani; love how the dots stand out against the matte black background. That pink and white swirl is so pretty too!
Great mani! I may have to copy this style using another color combo :)
For the swirls, try using a stright pin or sewing needle stuck into an eraser on the end of a pencil. It will give you the teeny, tiny tip you need for the swirls and the pencil will allow for you to have better control.
Wow I LOVE your nail art! These will be going into my inspiration folder for sure!
Wow, the matte and the shiny dots is so cool!
Hey just found your blog from lenae nails! I was wondering how you got on with the matte top coat!? Its something im looking into! But I dont really want to spend alot of money at the moment on it! :/
Also can I be added on to your blog roll :) My blogs http://shleensshinyworld.blogspot.com/
about the needle drag technique, try checking this out, nice nails by the way!^^
Have you tried acrylic paint?? it swirls quite nicely and u can add water tothe consistency of your liking
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