31DC2014 Rainbow: Flecks of Color


With today’s challenge, I wanted to do something that would be similar to the design I did for Black & White, but in color. Actually, I thought Rainbow came before Metallic, so I was a bit disappointed when I checked and realized it was the other way around. This looks messy in the purple and red parts, because the top coat I used smeared some of the color (it was Ciaté Speed Coat Pro by the way, which came with the Flower Manicure Kit).

The gold base is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold, and over that I applied Maybelline Color Show Sequins Gold’s Night Out, an amazing gold glitter polish with some holo effect. I then drew triangle shapes with a white nail art striper, filled them in, and applied the colors over that. The green is Icing True Beauty, and the rest of the polishes are by Sinful ColorsGrecian Sun (blue), Let’s Talk (purple), and Hot & Sour (red).

31DC2014 Metallic: Foil Flowers


This is one of those designs that looked better in my head. I wanted to use colored foil to create an ornate design, but I ended up with too much black space. Some of the foil didn’t stick well either, so there were a few ‘bald spots.’ The base is Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme, and I also used black to outline the shapes. In person the colors look much brighter, and the foil looks more metallic. My two favorite nails are the pinky and ring finger. I think the gold flowers look really cute, and I love the effect of the rainbow foil on the thin lines of the ring finger.

31DC2014 Black and White: Broken Glass


I’m really happy with this design! It took a while to do, but it was worth it. I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme White On. Then, using a black nail art striper (Salon Perfect Black Ink), I drew a vertical line down the middle of the nails with the exception of the accent nail. From that line, I made diagonal lines on each side similar to a feather design. The last step was to randomly fill in the spaces leaving some visible triangular shapes. I think this design would be great with a matte topcoat as well (I would have tried it, but my matte ran out).


31DC2014 Violet: Half-Way Stripes


For this design, I only used two colors. The base is Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous, a deep violet with fuchsia shimmer that doesn’t actually appear once applied to the nails. For the lines, I used the striper polish KISS Nail Art Soft Pink. I like how it turned out, but I think it would have looked even better if I had put in some thinner lines in between the thicker ones.

31DC2014 Blue: Curves


I love this nail design! It was so simple and quick to do, but I think it looks really elegant. Originally, I’d planned to add glitter and rhinestones along the silver lines, but decided against it. I began with two thin coats of Ciaté Chinchilla, a blue-gray, then topped it with Ciaté Twinset and Pearls, a sheer pearl color. The darker blue on the edges is Sparitual Circle of Life, and the silver is Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

31DC2014 Green: Diamonds


I’m back with green! For this design, I started with two coats of Revlon Jaded. Then, using Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me to Heaven, I drew the diamond shape, filling in the outside parts. With Finger Paints Scenery Greenery, the darker green, I painted the edges of the diamond to give it a gradient-like effect. For the metallic dots, I used Sephora by OPI Queen of Everything. At this point I had planned to be finished, but thought it looked too empty in the middle, so I added the tiny diamonds.

31DC2014 Yellow: Sunflowers


This design came out kind of messy, and not like I had planned it. I was tempted to do it over, but I just want to move on to green now! The yellow, Sally Girl Canary, wasn’t as obvious as I wanted it to be against the white, so I used an orange, Kleancolor Sangria Burst, to make it stand out more. The leaves are Sinful Colors Athens and Sinful Colors Pacific Ocean. For the insides, I used Sinful Colors Nirvana with dots of the Kleancolor. I had planned on using some nail art stripers for this, but I was away from my house and forgot to grab them, only taking the white one. I would like to retry this one in the future.

31DC2014 Orange: Watercolor Triangles


This post is kind of late in the day, although I did these last night. I wish the photo had been clearer, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to post it. I first started with 2 coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild Fastdry Magic Trident, a shimmering orange. Then, using a striper, I outlined the triangles with white and filled them in. Over that, I applied one thin coat of Sinful Colors Cinderella, a light blue with pink shimmer. In order to achieve the watercolor effect, I mixed individual polishes with a bit of non-acetone remover to dilute them. The polishes I used are Kleancolor Neon Yellow, Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?, a magenta color, and Sinful Colors Pacific Ocean, a sheer blue-green.

31DC2014 Red: Plaid and Flowers


First day of the challenge! Now, when I first thought of this design, there was way more red in it. But, when I actually sat down to do it, I only used red for the background. I love the design though, even if the red isn’t too prominent. The dusty red I used is Sinful Colors Bordeaux. I wanted a slightly sheer color for the plaid base, so I went with Sparitual Emerald City, a pretty, sheer teal. I outlined that with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, a bluish green, then accented with Hurricane Nail Art Yellow. It was the same process for the floral nails.

Silver Stripes Nail Art + 31 Day Challenge 2014!


I love this design and it was super easy and quick to do. I used 2 coats of essie Full Steam Ahead, a light purple with barely perceptible silver shimmer. The silver glitter is Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty. To apply it, I wiped the brush nearly clean, so only a bit of glitter would transfer. This is one of my favorite polishes because it’s so versatile – sometimes I like to layer a couple of coats over bare (only base coat) nails and it makes my hands look really delicate. Finally, I free-handed the stripes using Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

I’ll soon be starting the 31 Day Nail Challenge! This will be my third year doing it, and I’m excited to see what designs I can come up with. Normally, I take forever, though I’ll try to go at a quicker pace this year.

These are the prompts from Chalkboard Nails‘ website: