08 January 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Saran Wrap Manicure

I've really been looking forward to today's Twinsie Tuesday theme, saran wrap nails; it's one of my favourite techniques! I love the look, and it's such a quick and easy process too. My last couple of saran wrap manicures used bold black and dark grey (and some neon pink too!), so this time I wanted to do something soft and neutral. And then aqua and turquoise snuck in there, because I couldn't help myself.

saran wrap manicure


My base for these is OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons, a very light beige that's actually quite similar to my own skin tone without going full mannequin-hands on me. I also used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (so crazy about this near-white!) and OPI San Tan-tonio, thinking to keep it to those three, but then my bottle of China Glaze Aquadelic was sitting out right next to the beige and tan and looked like a likely compliment, so on it went. And then I was in for a penny, so I added just a little bit of Sation RV There Yet? (thank you, Anna!), a beautiful, rich turquoise/teal, to contrast the lighter aqua. I have to say I'm very happy with the result!

saran wrap nails

If you're not familiar with how to do saran wrap nails, it's very simple. Once your base colour is dry, simply choose one or more you'd like to add (you can go similar for a more subtle effect or contrasting for something a more dramatic, or a little of both, like I did here, for something in-between). Anyway, just put a dab of your chosen colour on a paper plate, index card or similar, crumple up some saran wrap/cling wrap, and dip it into your polish. Blot it a little on your plate, and then dab it onto your nails. Then repeat with your other colours, if you're using more than one, until you're happy with the effect. That's all there is to it!

I find that less is more when you're adding your polishes (you want little splashes of colour, not big blobs of it), so if you find you've added more than you really want--like I did, once I'd finished adding colours to the pile with this one--you can go back over the tops again with a saran wrap application of your base colour to knock the others down a little. The whole look really comes together after you've cleaned up around your nails (taping around them or using some Vaseline on your skin before dabbing can help minimize the mess) and added your top coat! I personally think this technique looks great with a matte top coat, but I decided to keep it nice and shiny this time.

saran wrap nails

Can't wait to see what colours the rest of the Twinsies chose for their saran wrap nails!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Jenna at I'm Still Thinking...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

50 comments:

  1. I love love loveee the combo colors! They work really well together! Congrats on your domain. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly, for both! Adding the blues was a total impulse move, but I'm glad they decided to play nice. ;)

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  2. You chose an awesome combination! I'll have to try it matted, you're right, I bet it looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Sharra! I loooove matte-ing a saran wrap manicure. With the shine knocked down you really get to see all the colours and texture, and it looks even more like stone!

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  3. This is gorgeous! Love the colors you used :)

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  4. This is gorgeous! I love how it looks like marble!

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  5. Such a pretty combo <3 I will have to try the method you used too to change things up ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Maribeth!! Haha, I noticed so many people used the opposite method this week--I really wanna do that one too now! :D

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  6. This is so pretty!!! Love these colors together.

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    1. Thank you, Marisa! You've got such a great eye for colour, I really appreciate it! :)

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  7. I am in love!! This is so beautiful! And how did you just blow my mind that you could use 3 colors?!!! Simply gorgeous. And I do the dabbing ON of color too.

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    1. Hahaha, thank you so much, Anne! I think 3 is probably the fewest colours I've ever done one of these with--I really do need to try a duo with the other method soon!

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  8. Oh, I love this! It really does look like marble!

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  9. This is so pretty, Elizabeth! I love the overall neutral look with the subtle pop of blues. It reminds me of the beach! :)

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    1. Ooh, the beach--I totally see it! Thank you very much, Brittney!!

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  10. This looks just like marble!! I loooove the neutrals with the turquoise! So gorgeous - I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! I really was trying to keep it simple, but once I started dabbing, I got carried away, just having fun with it. Glad it worked out okay! "Let's just see..." experiments like this don't often end as well for me. :P

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  11. I love the colors used for this mani. They are so beautiful and delicate together! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Katherine! I don't usually manage "delicate" very well, but I'm glad it worked out this time. Cheers! ♥

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  12. Wow! This is totally different from how I did mine! I love the color combos and that you used more than two. :) I need to keep this version of the technique in mind!

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    1. Thank you, Cordia!! I noticed so many Twinsies seemed to prefer the other method this week, and I really do want to try it. Just gotta find 2 colours I can stick with and go for it! :)

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  13. I love the colors! Such a lovely mani!

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  14. OMG I LOVE THIS!!! Amazing Elizabeth!!! :D

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    1. Aw, thank you very, very much, Ash!! (^_^)

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  15. this is so beatiful! I have yet to try a saran wrap mani :)

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    1. Thanks, Estivalia! I hope you give it a try soon--it's a lot of fun to do! :D

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  16. I love the colors you used for this mani. I must try this!

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    1. Thank you very much, Helen! Go for it! ;)

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  17. These colors are gorgeous together!!!! This is fantastic!

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  18. I've seen all of your saran wrap manicures :-) The one that I like most is that one that you made for Beyond Beauty Lounge, but it is only because of the colours you used (I like grey and black!), all of your saran wrap manicures are made technically perfect! :-)
    This manicure is on my "to do" list... I really have to try it, it looks beautiful! :-)

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Tanja--thank you!! I really liked how that black and grey one turned out for BBL too. And you're so amazing at all kinds of nail art, I just know you'd do this beautifully!

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  19. Oh Elizabeth, you put me to shame!

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    1. Aw, Amanda thanks! I loooove the colours you picked for yours. The periwinkle was so pretty!

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  20. LOVE these colors together. I have yet to try a saran mani...soon :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Victoria! I know you'd do an amazing job on it, and I'd love to see the colours you pick! :D

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  21. wow, this is just amazing! I love the colors you chose.

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  22. These are beautiful! I really love the tan and teal combo!

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