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."
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.
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!
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