21 June 2012

M&M Nail Art

Now that my polish obsession has been simmering for a while, I'm starting to see nail art ideas all over the place. A lot of those ideas are more complicated than I can manage yet, and they get sketched in Photoshop and saved for later. But sometimes if I pick the right polishes and cross my fingers (though not while I'm actually painting them because that would be messy and awkward), a nice, simple idea can turn into something pretty cute.

When Husband gave me a bag of M&M's, my first thought wasn't about chocolatey deliciousness; my first thought was, "I have to put these on my nails!"

M&M nails
I love how Red's all, "Check 'em out, baby!"

The dark, chocolate brown is OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys, and the candy dots are OPI Need Sunglasses? (yellow), OPI In My Back Pocket (orange), Revlon Colorstay Red Carpet (um, red), China Glaze Flyin' High (blue), and Jessica Mint Mojito Green (yep, it's green).

I wanted so badly to put little m's on some of them--I even tried a few with a toothpick on a paper plate--but decided this was another opportunity to practice Leaving It Alone. You know how fashion consultants say you should get completely dressed and ready, then take away one item of jewelry (or an accessory or whatever) before you go? Yeah, I never do that either. But it's some advice I'm trying to keep in mind when I do nail art. There's always some extra touch, just one little thing more that I want to try, and it always ends up being the thing that makes it too busy or overdone or mucks the whole thing up, making me take the whole thing off in a fit of polishrage. Or it's that little, tiny mistake that really you're the only one who's going to notice or care about, but you decide to see if you can't maybe just, if you're really careful...nope, now it's a gloopy horror show, and you have to do it all over. So I'm trying very hard to know when it's time to Leave It Alone.

M&M nails


I had my nails painted brown and the M&M's sitting on the coffee table when Husband noticed I hadn't eaten them yet. I think he was either disappointed that I hadn't tucked into his thoughtfully yummy treat or was hoping I'd say, "Please, help yourself!" But I started babbling excitedly, "I'm waiting for this brown to dry, and then I'm going to use these colours and put little dots on my nails like they're M&M's, and I have to have the bag of M&M's to take a picture with when they're done, so I can't eat them until I finish my nails, and it's gonna be really cute!!"

He really is getting good at smiling and nodding and backing slowly out of the room.

39 comments:

  1. OOOOH! I love this! I like it without the "M"s and you did a really nice job with the dotting tool. I don't have this skill down pat yet. I just end up with a giant mess when I do multicolored dots. I am very impressed!

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    1. Thanks, Jenni Lee! I think without the m's was probably the right way to go (even if I'd been able to do them clearly enough, it might've looked a little "busy" with them).

      For the dots, I just made sure I had enough polish on my tool to place them easily (but not so much that it came off gloopy and stringy) and did a couple of different passes, letting the dots get pretty dry before I tried putting another one right up against or on top. ;)

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  2. Ahahaha, I love your last sentence XD!!!
    These are sooo cute!!! :D

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  3. lol at the last paragraph! and these are sooo cute! great job!:)

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    1. Thank you very much! Husband is so funny when it comes to my nail excitement--he's happy I'm happy, but he doesn't quite get it. ;o)

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  4. LOL, I would have liked to be a fly on the wall when you explained to your husband :)
    Lovely mani!

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  5. OMG your final sentence had me laughing so hard! Love this mani! Super cute :)

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    1. Thank you very much! Hehe, he really is a good sport. ;)

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  6. yummy yummy, i lo-o-o-o-ve m&m and your nails :-D
    very disturbing story lol... i wish i could have seen that ;-)

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    1. Haha, his reaction really was priceless. I was so glad when I was done and could finally eat those M&M's! :D

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  7. I love, love, love these!!!! Such a cute idea!

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  8. I like the story, I adore M&M's and I surely like your manicure, it looks so yummu! :-)

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    1. Thank you very much--I'm glad you enjoyed it! ^_^

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  9. This mani is ridiculously cute!!

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  10. What a cute and fun mani! Love it! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thank you, Yun! It was fun to do--and it was fun to eat my M&M's with matching nails, too!

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  11. I love this! So cute but simple enough to make!

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    1. Thanks, Maricruz! It was definitely easy to do, and I was really happy with the result. ;)

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  12. I.
    Love.
    This.

    Sooooo awesome! I am copying!!!

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Tara! I'm glad you like it, and yes, please copy away! Dooooo eeeeet!! ^_^

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  13. I love how you did the dots on this- it's just the perfect amount, not too cluttered looking! And the story you shared about not being able to eat the M&Ms yet cracked me up- I did the same thing with a package of Mini Eggs around Easter "Don't eat those! I need to paint my nails and take pictures with them!!". LOL. I never did take pictures of a Mini Egg manicure... all the chocolate eggs got eaten first. :P

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I'd love to have seen those mini egg nails, but chocolatey goodness is awfully hard to resist. :D

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  14. So delicious, even the desire to eat... Congratulations!!

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