04 March 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Grunge

So some of the Twinsies were talking this week about how old they were during the height of grunge, and I'm pleased to say that I was able to refrain from calling them a bunch of young whippersnappers and shouting at them to get off my lawn. But rather than revel in the old, I put Ten on repeat (one of the greatest albums of all time! *drop the mic*) and got down to working on an appropriately "grunge" manicure to go with.

grunge matte brushstroke manicure

A brushstroke manicure seemed like the way to go. I've used this technique a few times now and thought it'd really lend itself to the grunge style. I also knew I'd be using black (Nfu Oh 132) but didn't want it to dominate, so I also added a little bit of colour in olive green (OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window and Zoya Gemma) and lavender (Essie Bangle Jangle), as well as some grey (Zoya Dove) and a greyish beige (OPI Skull & Glossbones) to neutral/putty it up a bit.

matte grunge brushstroke manicure

I gave it the usual coat of Seche Vite, then covered that with some Essie Matte About You for a great, theme-appropriate, matte finish.

matte grunge nail art

I felt like the colours were a little drab overall, but then grunge isn't exactly supposed to be perky, so...win? I definitely loved how well they cooperated with the brushstroke technique. I just wish I'd mentioned this theme to Husband earlier because when he heard "grunge" he said, "Gonna cover your nails with a plaid, flannel shirt?"

Dammit, that's brilliant.

Okay, you whippersnapper Twinsies--lemme see how you grunge!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra


  1. this brushstroke technique came out awesome!!

  2. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love your take on this design!

  3. Elizabeth you always outdo yourself! These are amazing.

  4. This looks fab! I love it matte too, the colors are all perfection!

  5. Perfect grungy colors! And I LOVE PJ :) It's my hubs fave band ever, and our girls have grown up with it so they love it too!

  6. Awesome! The brushstroke technique is perfect and I love those colours! :-)

  7. This is so awesome! I love the colors you used and that you topped it with a matte coat! :D

  8. These are absolutely perfect, and the colors are so grungy!

  9. The brushstroke technique is perfect and I love that it is matte, it looks edgy and cool!

  10. these turned out awesome!!!! love the brush strokes!


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