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Gingham Nails!

Ever since I played with Urban Outfitters Blood the other day (the nail polish, not the...uh..bodily fluids) I've been tormented by it.  It was such a good red and I just didn't do it justice.  I've been toying with the idea of doing gingham nails for a while now and figured that since it was such a good jelly, it would make for a good ol' check pattern.  I wanted a polish that was noticeably darker between coats for the cross sections.

First up, two coats of my favourite nude, Orly Porcelain.  I've used this one quite a few times now and it's one of the few light/nude colours I've found that doesn't look streaky in two coats.  I'm usually adding a lot of layers on top of it so I need something that's even in as few coats as possible.  Once that was dry, I thought about using tape but that was too much work.  I found a small, narrow brush and just dipped it in the OUB (Urban Outfitters Blood, the sentence is just too weird otherwise) and made stripes.  Quick, easy and effective.  I did find though that if your brush fans out just a bit, to be two-three mm wide, you'll get a better effect.  When I did my thumb, the brush was less splayed and the check was less effective.  






The Verdict: I love how this came out.  I wasn't expecting to but it's awesome.  For once, my less precise application works in my favourite as it looks quite rustic.  If I do say so myself :)

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Comments

  1. What a great idea, to use the jelly's opacity to build up at the intersections! I also like that you used the Porcelain instead of a true white--it really boosts that "rustic" gingham effect!

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  2. Geez all you nail bloggers are so creative. This looks awesome as usual =) Can't wait to try it myself.

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  3. LOVE! and love that the red is still quite sheer, gives it a true vintage look.

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  4. You are SOOO talented, keep it up! :)

    xoxo
    Susanna
    http://susanna-behindmyeyes.blogspot.com

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