23 July 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Splatter

The first time I tried a splatter manicure, it looked like a clown exploded. I'm not even sure I'd have tried it again if not for this week's theme, but I'm really glad I did because it turned out so much better this time! Like, "I did this on purpose!" better, as opposed to "funhouse carnage."

splatter manicure

I started these with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which I've now officially started hoarding. I literally have a backup for the backup of the backup I got to back up my first backup. Yes, I have a problem.

So! After MBSW was dry, I taped off my nails (HUGE help later!), cut some IKEA straws (allegedly good for this technique because they're a little narrower than most) into thirds, and dove in. It took me an age and a half to decide what colours I wanted to use before I realized the rug I was staring at had some pretty awesome colours, so I'd go with those...and then throw in some teal because teal because teal (and also to have something cool-toned to play against the warmer browns and reds).

I picked... Revlon Colorstay Velvet Rope, a dark, smexy red I figured would probably skew a little lighter over the near-white base. OPI San Tan-tonio, a tan that doesn't show a ton with all the other colours, but it's in there. China Glaze Trendsetter, an uglyawesome lime/chatrteuse green that's also quite warm, thanks to its golden yellow undertones. China Glaze Call of the Wild, a deep, rich, reddish brown from the China Glaze On Safari collection that I keep confusing, for some reason, with the Hunger Games brown (and therefore keep wanting to call "That. Is. Mahogany!"). And then the teal, the gorgeous Essie Naughty Nautical.

splatter nail art

Once I'd mostly finished, I went back and splattered a tiny bit of white on top. It looks super obvious to me in close-up like this, but IRL it helped break up a couple of spots that were a bit splatter-heavy...though honestly, tiny detail, probably won't bother next time. And there will be a next time!

I only did my four "swatching" nails this time, since I've been in a hurry to plan and schedule my out-of-town posts...and even if I had a ton of time, I wasn't feeling especially optimistic, given my previous results...but now I'm so bummed I don't have this as a full mani to wear for about a week because I LOVE it! Hopefully my fellow Twinsies have had this much fun with their splatter manis too this week--please swing by and check 'em out!

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
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
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Traci at DrinkCitra


  1. I love how your splatter mani turned out! It is just so colorful and beautiful!

  2. It looks amazing. You did a great job with it.

  3. You are hilarious!!! A back-up for my back-up's back-up. Did that come out right? I'm not awake yet this morning. Anyhow, it looks gorgeous!! Can't wait to try! I'm officially inspired!!

  4. Geeee it's gorgeous! :D Back-up mania, huh?

  5. Oh my gosh, these colors are perfection together! Your a genius when it comes to color combos!

  6. You've done it again Elizabeth! Amazing. You have such an eye for pairing colors together!

  7. LOL, I'd love to see how the exploding clown mani looked :p Anyway I'm super glad you tried again because this mani is gah-geous! It's look like something I could frame and hang in my roon <3 The addition of teal was PERFECT, as it bring balance and contrast to your color scheme (*ahem* sorry, that's the designer talking). Anyway, thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Love the color combos on this one!

  9. this is one gorgeous splatter, adore the color combo <3

  10. 1. I also need to start backing up my MBSW...that baby is getting a lot of use on my end also.
    2. You make me hang my head in shame at my measly attempt at splatter.
    3. This looks beautiful, even with the "uglyawesome" (or in my book, fugly) Trendsetter ;)

  11. I've got backups of backups of my MBSW too! But these colors look great together!

  12. I just realized the butterflies at the top of your blog have nail polish wings. I love butterflies and nail polish.

  13. When I finally get my hands on MBSW I think I'll get backups because I've been lemming for it. Then each time I read that name in a blogpost makes me want it even more. I look at my boring whites and give them the dirty eye. LOL. Your splatter looks completely awesome! Great combo of colors!!

  14. This is amazing, I simply love the color combination and how the spallters went - beautiful!

  15. Elizabeth!! This looks so beautiful!

  16. This looks so great, I love your colour choice and the splatter is just awesome. I still haven't tried this technique, I have to do it now :)

  17. Awesome job Elizabeth!! It looks like artwork.

  18. These are absolutely wonderful!! Stunning!

  19. "Funhouse carnage"--you never fail to make me laugh, Elizabeth! :) And you have such a wonderful eye for colors. This looks beautiful!

  20. Wow, what an amazing splatter mani! The colors look so great together!

  21. I love the colours you chose to use!


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