I'm super-excited to show you this mani. It was so easy and fun, and I love the way it turned out. When have you ever heard me say that about a stamped mani?
Yeah, maybe never?
This one starts out with two gorgeous blues: Layla Softtouch 10, a mermaid-type blue with gold shimmer, and Cover Girl Blue Hawaiian, a light blue creme.
Some of you may have noticed that I alternated the colors. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back! I only did that because I wasn't sure if I wanted to dab light blue over dark, or dark over light.
Here's what I discovered: I preferred using the Layla darker base and dabbing the light blue over it, for two reasons. One, I liked the darker edge where I didn't dab much, and two, dabbing the Layla meant that I got gold shimmer over my finger, and it's harder to clean up. Word to the wise.
I have this Jumbo Cheeky plate that has no identifiers on it. I took this squiggly line stamp and black and stamped over the saran wrap mani.
Then, I took a teeny-tiny brush and some Maybelline Bold Gold and dabbed in some of the larger gold chunks you sometimes see running along the veins in turquoise.
I think one of my fave things about this mani is that you can still see some of the gold shimmer, which gives it a really cool natural stone look.
This was way easier than trying to watermarble for me. I have some OPI Black Spotted, and I might try to achieve the effect that way, too, instead of the plastic wrap (which, incidentally, I used a piece of a plastic grocery bag, and it was much better for me.)
Bottle shot: Layla Softtouch effect #10, Cover Girl Blue Hawaiian, Finger Paints Black Expressionism, and Maybelline Bold Gold.
Have you tried any versions of the turquoise stone mani yet? Which one do you like?