21 April 2013

Rose Nail Art on Human Nature

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!

red rose nail art over Deborah Lippmann Human Nature

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.

red rose nail art over Deborah Lippmann Human Nature

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.

red rose nail art over Deborah Lippmann Human Nature

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." >_<

47 comments:

  1. Lol, I think it's a fantastic manicure inspired by an "antique vase", very authentic! ;)
    But seriously very pretty flowers, and I love the color combination!

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    1. Thank you very much! I think I am gonna go with that vase cover story. ;)

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  2. This is so beautiful, I feel you when it comes about the macro mode :))

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    1. Augh, macro just kills me sometimes. Thanks, Josephine!! ;)

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  3. I LOVE this. Such a beautiful floral mani!

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  4. It's super pretty, I love the matte look!

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I'm still trying to put my fingers on just what it is about matte nail art that I love so much, but I'm really into it right now! :D

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  5. Gorgeous! The base is beautiful and your matted roses look fabulous! :-)

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  6. You slay me, I am in love! I also really love it with the matte look :)

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    1. Aw! Thank you so much, Heather!! ♥

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  7. Gurrl, you're being too hard on yourself. I didn't even notice the chips until you mentioned them, and I'm sure they're invisible in real life. LOVED this nailart mani, the matte effect really adds something to it. I need to use mine more often :)

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    1. I really do appreciate that, Estivalia--thank you so, so much!! ^_^

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  8. I love this! It's really pretty. I wish I could do something like this.

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    1. Thank you very much, Melissa! It wasn't very long ago that I was wishing the same thing, but acrylic paints and a little practice go a very long way. Also, do check out Robin Moses on YouTube--her tutorials really help you break down the steps and are a of fun to watch!

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  9. These are beautiful! I love "antique vase"! Honestly, I didn't notice the chips until I read where they were!

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    1. Thanks so much, Patricia!! I guess we're always our own hardest critics. :P

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  10. Love it matte, what a beautiful job!

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  11. This is so beautiful!!! :D I honestly didn't notice the chips until you mentioned them XD

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  12. never mind the chips, this manicure is just stunning :D

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    1. Really appreciate that--thank you!! :)

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  13. Love it! Looks really gorgeous Liz!

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  14. I probably wouldn't have noticed the chips if you hadn't mentioned them! :) These are gorgeous!

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    1. That really is sweet of you! Thank you very much!

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  15. Exactly, it does look like china, and it looks fantastic! ^^ Macro makes mistakes better and details prettier, don't forget that!

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  16. This is beautiful so clean and crisp can i ask what camera you use your pics are amazing

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  17. This is absolutely stunning!!!!! I wish I had your talents!

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  18. That's so pretty! I love how it looks like floral frames on your index + middle finger!

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  19. Your flowers floor me. Amazing!

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  20. you really make me wish I could do flowers like this! love it matte!

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  21. wow it looks great, i wish i could do flowers like this left and right. left okay but rigt...o O. you did a great work

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