So, the fabulous @polished.plumage has created a few manis using Zoya Pixie Dust polishes to create a 3-D sort of effect. I thought they looked really cool, so I decided to give it a try! I used some nail vinyls from Glam My Mani that I got a few weeks ago and just went for it:
Yes, I know this picture kind of blows. It was really hard to get a good picture of the design without a terrible glare. I have an edited version at the end, so you can get a better idea of what it looks like!
Here is what I used:
From left to right: Essie Grow Stronger (new bottle!), Oh So Wet, Zoya Geneviev, Zoya Arianna, HK Girl and, in the back, a sheet of nail vinyls.
I first put down a base of Grow Stronger, then two coats of Geneviev, which is freaking gorgeous. WHY HAVE I NOT USED THIS COLOR YET??? I was sort of iffy on the formula, but I love the dark gray color. This is two coats topped with OSW quick dry:
I almost stopped right there because I love it so much. Such a simple color, but I really like it.
But, since I didn’t stop, the post is going to keep going too. Once Geneviev was completely dry, I started in with the vinyls. I wanted to take pictures of my process, but I am still learning how to use them, and was trying to move fast so that I did not ruin a design. I just placed them wherever I wanted, playing with the design. I made sure to press the vinyl down completely and doubled checked my edges — loose edges have ruined more than one design for me. I painted Arianna where I wanted it to go, then immediately (but oh-so-carefully) used tweezers to pull the vinyl off my nail. Here is what I was left with at the end:
(it was a tea night)
This is pretty clean for me. Typically, my stamping manis make quite a mess!
Here is an edited photo of this mani:
I played with the colors and lighting, just so I could show what the design actually looks like. I love that the lightning bolts are raised. It just lends a little something different, which is always fun.
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