Lit from Within: First and Last 'Watercolor' Nail Art
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

First and Last 'Watercolor' Nail Art


Hello, Fireflies!

Still working on this month's challenge to recreate the first 4 nail arts that I recorded.  The second one I found was this 'watercolor' acetone-wash blue and gold mani.  I was so proud. *sniff* That pose is so awkward, though, it's almost painful.

I think it's harder to post these old manis than it's been to post my makeup-free face!


To start the re-creation, I used two coats of Nina Ultra Pro Blue La La, a dusty medium blue.  Love the color, but the brush was wonky, so my application was less than stellar.

Nina Ultra Pro Blue-La-La

The build up of blue wasn't all that exciting, so I'll spare you that and go to the final blue look, where I dabbed on Hope Girl BL03, Bettina Gems Sapphire, and Different Dimension Dewing It Right, and patted on acetone in between colors.

final blue look

Then, the gold - my fave Maybelline Bold Gold.  I will admit that I tried the DIY Spotted technique on top of this, where you water marble a black with an alcohol spray, and failed utterly miserably.  It just looked matte black and lumpy on my nails.


Bottle shot:  Nina Ultra Pro Blue La La, Hope Girl BL03, Bettina Gems Sapphire, Different Dimension Dewing It Right, and Maybelline Bold Gold.

Bottle shot:  Nina Ultra Pro Blue La La, Hope Girl BL03, Bettina Gems Sapphire, Different Dimension Dewing It Right, and Maybelline Bold Gold.

I don't know if the nail art looks much better, but I used two additional polishes, so I should get points for complexity.  In my mind, I am sooo much better than I used to be, but maybe I've not come as far as I'd thought! I'll admit, this exercise is a bit humbling!

Are you better at a skill you've been practicing for the last two years?


24 comments:

  1. Nice watercolor nail art. I like the effect and the colors you chose to use here.

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  2. Fun challenge, I'd have to say my makeup skills are definitely better than when I started. Still no expert though, always a work in progress :).

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  3. I love this challenge! It's cool to see how far you've come!

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  4. So fun. I love both of the blues too. I am seriously horrible and painting my nails, and I love getting tons of inspiration from you. Great mani girl!!!

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  5. I think it's so great to see how you've transition from before and now. I'd like to think I've gotten better at doing my eyebrows because they were a real mess before

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  6. This mani reminds me of the globe. I'm so impressed that you can do all this!

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  7. This sort of reminds me of the ocean or Greece.

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  8. I love the splotches of gold

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  9. Very cool mani! I like the colors you used!

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  10. the golden accents are so fancy!

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  11. I feel you. My old photos back when I just started blogging suck, if only I can recreate... whatever, lol. This mani looks like a globe

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  12. You always come up with unique nails!

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  13. I really like it! To me it looks like puffy clouds with gold :-)

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  14. You did a great job! I'm still as terrible at nail art now as I was 2 years ago.

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