I spend a lot of time on the internet, reading other people's blogs and getting ideas. One in particular jumped out me today, Carmen Miranda nails by the lovely Sarah from chalkboadnails. I loved the ruffled look and had to try it out for myself.
I don't have quite the same colour theme as the original, mostly because I just picked colours at random, hoping they'd be as opaque as possible. It turned out this was pretty easy to do. Starting with a white base, I painted a rough strip of American Apparel Malibu Green at near the cuticles. This one's a bit of a bleeder, hence the green cuticles :(. Then taking each successive colour and the largest dotting tool I had, I dotted on a line, covering the previous row's edge. It's nowhere near as neat as Sarah's but I'm happy with the result. It's colourful!
The Verdict: I like this technique, especially since it gave me another way to look at dotting tools which is always a bonus. If I had to do this again I'd spread out the dots more and make sure my polishes were opaque as there is some show-through on the lighter colours.
Full list of colours used:
- American Apparel Malibu Green
- American Apparel Neon Red
- American Apparel Imperial Purple
- American Apparel Neon Orange
- American Apparel Neon Violet
- Sally Hansen Celeb City
- American Apparel Passport Blue
- American Apparel L'Espirit
- Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver
- Revlon Gold Coin