I needed to do my nails again before dinner with my friend Yvonne, and she suggested some red roses. I've done lots of floral nail art lately, but strangely, not much red, so I hopped to it with a quickness! Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough and had to leave before top coating, which is a Bad Thing (TM) with acrylic paint, but I still loved the way they came out!
I did the flowers over Deborah Lippmann Human Nature, from the True Blood "Sookie" Forsaken Duo. They and the greenery wound up being a bit brighter than I originally intended, but I'm not fussed--I like they way they contrast with the taupe/mushroom base, and I finished it all off...eventually...with butter LONDON Matte Finish Topcoat (a gift from the amazing Tara of Polishy of Truth). So loving matte nail art these days! Unfortunately the top coat didn't happen until after I got home, and that's where I had a problem.
Since I was up against time to leave for dinner, I had to choose between top coating while literally on my way out the door and risking the acrylic paint for a couple of hours until I got home. Well, I chose wrong because I got caught in the rain on the way home. D'oh! Then I had to decide whether to try to fix the bits that chipped/washed away or go with it as-is. I chose to go with it, calling this another lesson in Leaving It Alone, rather than risk mucking up the whole manicure trying to fix it.
These tiny chips are exactly why macro camera mode and I are such frenemies.
Macro captures details so much more clearly and lets you focus
in really well at small distances that usually leave auto-focus whirring ineffectively in a sort of confounded panic (at
least that's what it sounds like to me). But macro mode picks up
EVERYTHING. And then blows it up enormously. I can't even count how many
times I've thought I was done with my nails and taken pictures, only to
find that random pieces of dust and flakes of skin that I can't even
see with my naked eye have transformed my hands into some sort of
gnarly, epidermal junkyard. Sigh, scrub hands, re-moisturize, wait for
skin to absorb, re-photograph, and hope like hell that's got it this
time... So in these pictures, those big chunks of paint that are missing
from the tips? In real life, I could barely see them. I knew they'd look bigger in the pics, but honestly, philosophers
have argued about how many angels could dance in a space that small.
All matted, it looks a bit like porcelain, so I'll just pretend it's some
awesomely artistic, antique vase, which has chipped over the years but
is nevertheless a treasured heirloom. That sounds a lot better than, "Oops, got caught in the rain." >_<