26 October 2016

Triangles in black and white

Hi everyone!


For the letter T I decided to go with triangles, but not the stamped kind... no, I painted patches of polish, cut them up in slivers and stuck those to my nails. What that looked like, you ask? Like this:

indoors, no flash

As a preparation I painted patches of two coats of polish on my silicone mat with blacks in several finishes:
  • a creme: Cirque Memento Mori
    (one coat was enough for full opacity but I wanted them a bit thicker so I could handle them better)
  • a linear holo: Colors by Llarowe Black Gold, Texas Tea
  • a glitter: Illamasqua Creator
  • a scattered holo: Ozotic 623
and a coat of a normal, not fast drying top coat for extra sturdiness. And while the patches were drying I painted all my nails white using OPI Angel with a Leadfoot as I intended to do two nails with triangles on each hand.

When everything had dried I peeled the patches from the mat and cut them to small triangles. After all that was done and I had four piles of polish slivers I painted another this coat of AwaL on my ring finger and started placing some triangles on it with tweezers. I think I tried about three or four times (each attempt followed by removing all polish from my nail and painting it white again) until I finally managed to get three triangles on without crumpling or folding them and in a pattern that I didn't completely hate. Looking back at the process I should have cut the triangles smaller but at the time I decided one nail on each hand was enough and since I used triangles of Memento Mori, Black Gold Texas Tea and Creator I decided to use the fourth polish as an accent nail so I removed the white and painted my middle finger with two coats of Ozotic 623. I painted the triangles with two coats of Seche Vite to even everything out as much as possible and all other nails received one coat to prolong the wear time.

I took a picture with flash hoping to show the different finishes a bit more (if you click on the image it zooms in a bit). Left top is linear holo, left bottom is glitter and right is creme.

indoors, with flash
And of course the bottle shot:

OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, Ozotic 623, Cirque Memento Mori, Colors by Llarowe Black Gold Texas Tea, Illamasqua Creator

I have to admit the entire design doesn't live up to the idea I had in my mind and it was so much more annoying than I ever expected it to be, but I don't hate this manicure. In fact, I actually like it. It's just that I envisioned it way more nicer than it turned out to be. So I guess this is one for the "I have to redo this someday" list. Do you like my manicure?


The other manicures for the letter T are:



And last but not least Black & White is an SBB Challenge entry so that's another one crossed out:



Ozotic 623 and Cirque Colors Memento Mori were bought from Pretty Polish.
Colors by Llarowe Black Gold, Texas Tea was bought from Hypnotic Polish.

8 comments:

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    1. Thanks Maria! It really means a lot that you keep encouraging me to show things that I'm not 100% happy with, only to find out others do like it :)

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  2. Me too, me too! I think it looks really edgy but also VERY sophisticated! I did something similar with cutting polish once but I think I made mine far too thick, it did not have such a pretty look as yours does. I know what you mean about expecting more. I get that too, especially when you can really 'see' the idea in your head before you begin but it is very pretty! <3 Also thank you so so much for the blogiversary congratulations and lovely comments! xx

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    1. Thanks Ithi! I've always thought black and white look very sophisticated together and that was what I had in mind for this design. I guess part of my vision managed to get transferred after all :)

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  3. I tried this with a glitter type polish... Mine was bumpy and meh. Yours looks so much better.

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    1. I guess it all comes down to the polishes you chose. My glitter was pretty fine so maybe that did the trick?

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  4. Oh my goodness that's so cool!! <3 Dude, that Illamasqua is so gorgeous! O_O

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    1. Thanks hun! Illamasqua polishes usually are gorgeous but oh, so expensive :'(

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