Apparently I am really feeling the graveyard nails this October!
I have had an idea to try distressed nails for awhile now, and finally got around to trying it tonight. I decided to just kind of go for it, and use the same sort of techniques I would use to distress furniture. I am more or less happy with how they came out, but I would change a few things if I did it again. Read on to find out!
Here is what I used:
Konad Black, HK Girl, Rica Whiteout, OPI Matte Top Coat, Moyou London Gothic 01 and 07, make-up sponge, OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts, OPI German-icure by OPI, and Zoya Carmen.
Earlier today, I put down two coats of Carmen:
It is a gorgeous red with a good formula. But, if you have Sooki, you don’t need this one. I have Sooki, but I had to have this too, since my daughter’s name is Carmen!
This evening, I decided that I felt like doing another gradient. I have been doing a ton of gradients lately. Not sure why, but I am having fun with them. I used a very wet make-up sponge with OPI French Quarter and German-icure to create the gradient on my nails:
Once that was dry I started to stamp the gravestones. I got really excited about distressing them, so failed to take a picture of my hand before I distressed. BUT, never fear, I remembered before distressing the last nail! Here is what it looked like:
Ignore the hot mess of my cuticles — I did not moisturize before this picture, so I know it is kind of gross. Also, I know the stamp isn’t perfect. Who cares? I am going to mess with it anyways! That was the beauty of this manicure — no need to be neat.
I used a buffer to gently buff some of the white off of the nail. To do it again, I would probably get a small piece of fine sandpaper to use, since I think it would allow for a bit more control. Once everything was stamped, I add a quick dry top coat to seal the design.
But I thought they would look better matte, so I added a matte top coat:
You may be wondering what the black thing on my middle finger is. It is a black cat. I had zero ideas for black cats for #BHBSpooktober, so I decided that maybe a black cat would look kind of cool reaching up to touch the head of a distressed statute. I wasn’t exactly right, but oh well:
It might have looked better had I put the matte on first, then stamped a shiny cat on. Oh well.
These nails turned out okay:
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