With a Twinsie Tuesday prompt this week of weather, there was only one thing I wanted to do, and that was lightning nail art. Not only has it been on my To-Try list for a while, but other than waking up to a crisp, bright morning full of white, fluffy snow, there really isn't much higher on Weather's Greatest Hits for me than a raucous nighttime thunderstorm.
Without knowing of a tutorial for these, I figured they were probably the same basic idea as
galaxy nails. So, starting with a base of black, I sponged several polishes along
the general path ("General Path...") that the lightning was going to take. Color Club Alias and Orly Mysterious Curse gave some nice duochrome and shimmer to the night sky, and China Glaze Pelican
Grey was a nice, light shade for the sort of cloudy background that gets
lit up. I also sponged a few faint patches of green,
pink, and purple, which ended up being really subtle, but I liked the
bit of colour they added. Then finally, the lightning bolts were my
trusty Orly nail art striper in Crisp White.
I'm not even sure what it is about thunderstorms that I love so much,
but I've always found them oddly relaxing. Tragically, as fabulous as
Hong Kong is in many ways, it is sadly lacking in this area. It most
definitely rains--we have a genuine monsoon season, even!--but the sky
just sort of gets on with pouring down in a quietly efficient, almost
businesslike sort of way. There's no percussion, and there's no light
show, and it's absolutely boring. Not to mention that when there's been a
fancy-dress murder and you want to call all the suspects into the
drawing room, it's really hard to work up the right sense of dramatic
tension without some decent thunder and lightning!
Oddly enough, my grandparents' newspaper back in the US seems to forecast thunderstorms for Hong Kong on a near-daily basis. It's such a tease.
For more weather-inspired manicures, please check out some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs!
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
Traci at DrinkCitra