10 July 2012

Watermelon Nails

With summer in full swing, I thought it would be fun to finally try some watermelon nail art. I've had these on my to-do list for ages now--they're so cute and colourful and, I think, perfect for summer.

watermelon nail art

One of my favourite early memories is sitting on the patio with my mom, eating watermelon under a big umbrella to beat the heat. She put a little bit of salt on hers, which I thought was so weird until I tried it, and it turned out to be delicious!

I started with two coats of China Glaze Heli-Yum, a bold, rich pink that's cheerfully bright without verging on neon (I do love me some neon, but it's not what I look for in a piece of fruit). After that I sponged on some white near the tips. I honestly can't remember if I used OPI Alpine White or OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls--any white or near-white would be fine, really. Most of the watermelon nails I've seen use a striper for the white, but I decided to sponge instead, figuring a thinly sponged layer would be a good base to keep me from needing 2 full coats of the dark green over the very bright pink (those tips are thick enough as it is, thanks to my novice nail art skills ;p). I actually think it looks a little bit more like real watermelon, but my third and biggest reason for doing it this way was that the last thing I wanted to do was get all the way through painting the rind and then muck it up with a wonky white line and have to start over. >_<

watermelon nails

So yes, the rind! I painted the tips with China Glaze Watermelon Rind, a great, shimmery green I hunted down specifically to use for this (but seeing how pretty it is, I'll definitely be trying it on its own soon!). Once it was dry, I used OPI Who the Shrek Are You? to doodle on the lighter green lines with a toothpick. Then I dotted on the little seeds with the tip of my Orly Jet Black striper brush to give them that oval/teardrop shape, added a top coat, and that was it!

watermelon nails

I think I was so excited to be done that I rushed the Seche Vite, which led to the tiniest bit of streaking, but it really wasn't noticeable at all. Phew!

22 comments:

  1. This is so well done, you created the rind so well!

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  2. Awww, so adorable, and perfectly executed! Sponging on the white was a great idea, I love how much more textured and realistic it looks then if you have striped it.
    Also- watermelon with salt... I can't quite imagine that flavor! Sounds a bit strange, but I'll definitely try it this summer :)

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    1. That is so sweet, Jessica--thank you!! And yes, definitely give the salted watermelon a try! You only need a very little bit, but it tastes so yummy. ;)

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  3. Also I tried to draw something like watermelon on my nails, but it was more simple than yours and it is waiting to be published... Your manicure is awesome! :-) And about the "to-do" list: I start thinking that it is useless, because my "to-do" list is always growing and growing... :-)

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    1. Thank you--I'll have to come see if yours is up, too! Really missed seeing everyone's pretty pics while I was away.

      Hehe, that "to do" list is just insidious--there is no such thing as catching up, ever! >_<

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  4. these are fab! I'm always making my details bleed with rushing for the top coat lol I didn't notice any on yours though, such a good job!

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    1. Aw, thank you very much!! It's there if you look at the close-ups...I mean, don't look at the close-ups!! No, it's really just a tiny bit, maybe not even enough to see naked-eye, but I still know it's there... >_<

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  5. That design is adorable and so yummy. Well done!

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  6. Oh my gosh I love this! Too cute!!

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