03 June 2012

Saran Wrap Manicure: Silverstone

I've lost count of the number of times I've painted my nails since my last post. Over the past 36 hours some mutant strain of hyperflu has knocked me on my butt, and any ounce of manual dexterity I might have possessed has utterly and completely deserted me. But KawaiiKagura at Nailpocalypse posted a super cute saran wrap manicure that reminded me I'd had this technique on my To Do list forever, and as intricate as results make it look, it's surprisingly easy to do!


If you're not familiar with how to do a saran wrap manicure, it's similar to using a sponge. Once you've applied your base coat and background colour, put either some tape or Vaseline around your nail to keep the imminent mess from getting all over your skin. Then, put a little of your next colour on something like a paper plate. Crumple up some cling wrap, dab it into your polish, and stipple it onto your nail. Repeat with another colour or two, do your clean up, add top coat, and you're done.

The result often looks like marble or stone; I think my greys and silvers look a little like the lunar surface. And this style looks good with a matte top coat too!



I used China Glaze Recycle for my background colour then dabbed on some OPI Alpine White. Over that I used Orly Dazzle, which is a fantastic, metallic silver, and over that I dabbed just a little bit of Orly Sea Gurl, a dark, olive-toned, silver metallic. Then just for giggles I added a little bit of OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts, which is just a little lighter and warmer grey than Recycle. You don't need to use very much polish on each pass while you do this, since the layers really aren't supposed to blend or look uniform (especially if you're trying for a marble/stone texture).

My "shiny" pics have SV on top, and the matte is essie Matte About You top coat. I really liked the metallic highlights peeking through the grey, which I lost most of during matte-ification, but I didn't mind the trade. Given the texture you get with this technique, I think it's well suited to either finish.



As easy as this technique is to do, I took my first attempt off immediately and redid it with different colours because I learned something unexpected: if you dab OPI San Tan-tonio over China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, you get baby poop.

35 comments:

  1. OMG I LOVE this!!!! This looks so amazing!!!! :D LOL @ the baby poop comment!!! XD

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    1. Thank you so much!! Hehe, I was so unpleasantly surprised when I got a final look at that first colour combo--it was NOT what I was going for. >_<

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  2. cling wrap?.. i really have to try this,, yours looks so beautiful,,

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    1. Thank you! :)
      I wouldn't have thought to use saran/cling wrap for a mani, but now I'm on the lookout for what else I might have around here to try out next. ;)

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  3. i love this a lot! great job! I really have to try this technique! :)

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    1. Thanks! And it's super easy--go for it! :D

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  4. Love this! Really looks like marble!

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    1. Thanks a bunch! I was especially trying for marble in my first attempt, which is why I had the tan & light green, but that result...um, it didn't quite work. Glad it still came across with the greys--thanks again! :)

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  5. Oh no, somehow I missed the part about you being sick!!!! I really hope that you feel much better very soon!!! *Hugs!!!*

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    1. That's so sweet of you!! I'm still kinda death-on-a-cracker, but that's still better than a few days ago, so I'll take it. ;)

      Thanks, Ashesela!

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  6. awesome!!! i prefer the mat version :-D

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  7. Woah, another technique to try! I have never heard of this. It sounds so easy. Your nails look beautiful! :) I hope you are feeling better.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tara! Definitely give it a shot--it's so easy! Still feeling totally blech, but it's better than it was a few days ago. ;)

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  8. Wow, I have never seen the saran wrap technique, but it looks amazing! Just like granite or marble. Great job! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  9. This looks amazing! I'm going to have to try this out :)

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  10. Aw, hope you're feeling better! I really like this mani, I'll have to try out that technique soon (: It really does look like marble and the shiny version is soooo nice :D

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  11. What a interesting technique! I'm going to try this sometime!

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  12. Wow, that's a really impressive effect! I like that, and may have to try it out myself. :)

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    1. I was so excited to see how intricate it looked, considering it's really nothing more than blotting some colours-go for it!!

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  13. <.< >.> ...IMUSTDOTHISTOMYNAILS!

    Yanno, every time I THINK I know what I'm going to do next I find some crazyawesome blog [pointing at you, missy!] and think "Daaaaaannnnngggggg I must do the nails!"

    This is like, stupidgood.

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    1. Hahaha, thank you so much, Jen--I'm really glad you like it! I keep bookmarking or sketching different things I want to try, but the list never seems to get any shorter...and then I see something else new and go all vapor lock with choices. >_<

      Ooh, I bet this would look pretty good with zombie greys and greens--let me know if you decide to try it out! :D

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  14. That looks really cool. I think I might try this out this weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Good luck with it! :)

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  15. I've seen this technique before & have been meaning to try this out. Your mani turned out great! Love the color combo! :D

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