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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