Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Metallic Optical Illusion
The other day I saw this mani by Devilish Designs that I fell in love with at first sight! I asked her to do a tutorial, and the next day, there it was. Talk about amazing customer service.. blogger service?
She's nice. And, super talented.
I thought the design would look cool over metallics, so I used Essie No Place Like Chrome and Maybelline Bold Gold to start.
I used my trusty black nail art striper to make vertical stripes down the nail. I wish I had gotten 4 stripes on my ring finger. If you wanted neater stripes, striping tape would be best. Laziness won out over neatness for me.
In her tutorial, Devilish Designs used a hole punch to create a circle guide. My nail beds are small, so I just used a hole reinforcer. Now, it looks like there is a sticker on my nails, but there isn't. it's just another layer of polish painted within the hole left by the reinforcer!
Using the hole as a guide, I used a striper to paint opposite lines - so where there was a black line on the base, I covered it with the metallic. Where there was a metallic, I painted over it with black.
I want to try this again, rotating the lines 45 or 90 degrees. I wonder how cool that will look! I liked this one using metallics, but boy Howdy, was it hard to photograph. Too shiny - glare, glare, everywhere. One of those times I had to take a lot of pictures and hope for the best!
Bottle shot: Essie No Place Like Chrome, Maybelline Bold Gold, black nail art striper
I love this design, and as interesting as it looks, it wasn't hard to do at all. If you can make stripes, you can do this nail art!