31DC2015 Summary

Another 31 Day Challenge completed! If I do it again next year, it will be my 5th time doing the challenge. That’s crazy! My top fave is the water spotted design I did for the fashion prompt. All the images link to their original post. Which design do you like best?

1 RED☆    3 YELLOW☆  4 GREEN

31dc2015BLUE  6 VIOLET  7 BLACK & WHITE  

9 RAINBOW☆  10 GRADIENT  11 POLKA DOTS☆  12 STRIPES

13 ANIMAL PRINT  14 FLORAL  15 DELICATE  16 GEOMETRIC

17 GLITTER☆  18 HALF MOON  19 GALAXY  20 WATER MARBLE

21 COLOR  22 SONG  23 MOVIE  24 BOOK

25 FASHION☆  26 PATTERN☆  27 ART  28 FLAG

29 SUPERNATURAL  30 TUTORIAL☆  31 NAILS U LOVE

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31DC2015 Nails You Love – French Tip Hearts

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Finally the last nail art of the 31 Day Challenge!! It feels so rewarding to complete it. I was a little hesitant about the challenge this year because I was getting tired of some of the prompts, but I’m glad I still did it because a lot of great nail art came out of it! Anyway, moving on to today’s design . . .

These nails are inspired by Janelle Estep’s Easy Negative Space Heart French Tips. Her tutorial is really easy to follow and this design didn’t take long at all. It’s very cute and a great way to add interest to regular french tips. While her hearts are clear in the centers, I decided to change mine up by adding Orly Pixie Powder, a purple glitter. To match, I chose the purple rhinestones instead of silver. Adding an accent color is a good way to make the design look less bridal and more everyday.

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31DC2015 Inspired by a Tutorial – Simply Nailogical’s Reciprocal Gradient

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I love these nails so much! These are inspired by Simply Nailogical’s Rainbow Reciprocal Scaled Gradient. Although her design is ten times more amazing (and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already!), I’m really proud of how my nails turned out. I was a bit lazy and only did two out of the four gradients, and only in purple – though if I had just done an accent nail I probably would have ventured to do all the gradients, but since I had to remove these the next day, I simplified it. I used Fresh Paint Passion Fruit for the light purple and Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier for the dark purple. The darker polish went on opaque, but the light purple gave me a bit of trouble, because it didn’t sponge as opaque as it normally applies. My gradient also didn’t turn out as smooth as I wanted, but it still looks great. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day!

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31DC2015 Inspired by the Supernatural – Fairies

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I think this design turned out just okay – I don’t hate it, but I don’t think it looks that great either. I do love the accent glitter, Sinful Colors Star Studded. The stars are a bit tricky to get on the brush but look great with the silver and gold glitter. I didn’t apply a color base underneath, but I’d recommend a silvery-gold polish so the swatch better matches the bottle. I used acrylic paint on the flowers and fairies, but went over the petals with Sinful Colors Triple Platinum. If I had to redo this nail art, I think I would change the background colors to something more neutral and/or also make the flowers silhouettes.

Color Club Apollo Star
Piggy Polish Blue-ming Romance
Sinful Colors Daisy Daze
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Sinful Colors Touch of Class

31DC2015 Inspired by a Flag – Medieval Banners

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I have to say, the flag prompt is my least favorite – I’d prefer if it was something broader. Last year I did a design that incorporated many flags (you can see it here), and I really loved it, but this year I had no idea what to do. I didn’t want to use the U.S. flag since I usually do that for July 4th anyway. So a friend of mine suggested I do Medieval or Renaissance inspired flags, and I thought that’s a great idea! I didn’t use specific flags for these, and instead took inspiration from many, then created my own.

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31DC2015 Inspired by Art – Stained Glass

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This stained glass panel is called “Turkish Delight” by Robert Sowers (you can see more info on it here). I love this panel because the colors are eye-catching and the basic geometric shapes work so well together to form a complex design. I began with a gradient of blue, white, and red using Sally Girl Epic, Pure Ice Super Star, and Ciaté Mistress, respectively. Since the red was looking too bright on its own, I added an unnamed maroon polish by Cosmetic Arts at the top to darken it slightly. I then drew the dividing lines using Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Diamond. I really wanted to use my regular black liner, but I couldn’t find it, so I had to use my shimmery one instead.

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I used Sinful Colors Clementine and Hurricane Nail Art Yellow for the dots on the sides. This part was tricky because I wasn’t sure how to transfer it to the nail. I thought about making lines between the yellow circles like in the original glass panel, but I felt it would clutter up the design too much, especially since the black lines were already thick. Lastly, I used Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, another bright red, to fill in the remaining middle and side panels.

31DC2015 Inspired by a Pattern – Chevrons

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I love this design! I don’t do chevrons often, mainly because I’m terrible at free-handing them and I never seem to have the guides, but I finally bought a couple sheets. They really help the chevrons come out much neater.

Sinful Colors Volcanic
Sinful Colors High Strung
Color Club Edie
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Instead of just using separate colors, I began with a green and purple gradient. Although it made the chevrons look less sharp, I really like how it turned out, especially on the thumb and pinky nails. This design would look great for spring and Easter as well – my nails remind me of decorated eggs!

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31DC2015 Inspired by Fashion – Carolina Herrera Fall 2015

 

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This is my third time choosing a Carolina Herrera design for the fashion prompt. I’m always blown away by her designs and this collection is no exception. The Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear features a lot of blue and gray fabrics with patterns resembling smoke and water that are perfect for nail art inspiration. I instantly knew I would use the water spotting technique as soon as I saw the collection. I only used three colors, and only two of those in the water. It was pretty easy to do, but I guess my head was in the clouds or something, because I forgot to tape around my fingers :/ I had a huge mess on my hands when I finished and it was such a pain to clean!

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I began by first painting my nails with one coat of Sparitual Blue Lagoon. It could have been more opaque but I didn’t bother adding a second coat since I would be water spotting on top of it. I didn’t have any spray hand sanitizer so I used hairspray instead. It was a bit difficult to work with, but I only needed 2-3 sprays to get a good amount of spaces. I first used Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme trying to keep it as minimal as possible so as not to overpower the blue. The last layer is Fresh Paint Firefly, a light gray. This worked much better in the water and with the spray, and it made the design look ten times better. This is definitely another of my favorite designs I’ve done for this year’s challenge and can’t wait to do it again when I can actually wear it for more than a day!

31DC2015 Inspired by a Book – Howl’s Moving Castle

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Howl’s Moving Castle is both one of my favorite movies and books. I own the movie (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) and have seen it many times. But only this year did I have the opportunity to read the book written by Diana Wynne Jones that the movie is inspired by. I love both versions and considered doing this design for the movie prompt, but since Howl’s castle looks different depending on the version, I thought the one I drew matched the book’s description better. I also took some inspiration from the book’s cover for the background, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The swirls on top of the grass and sky give it a whimsical feel. My castle’s a bit messy, but I think the idea gets across :)

Sparitual Dreamsicle
Revlon Dreamer
Fresh Paint Steampunk
Sinful Colors Broadway Star
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Sinful Colors High Strung

31DC2015 Inspired by a Movie – Funny Face

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I love Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, so this is definitely one of my favorite classic movies. I wasn’t completely sure what to do for the design, so I picked a few of the scenes I like best and attempted to paint them on my nails. I used all acrylic paints with the exception of the base color, which is Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast A Latte Love and Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Pen Black to write the title on my thumb. The pinky nail is my favorite and I think doing a design using just Audrey’s dance moves from the cafe scene would look really cool.