Recently, I came across an amusing article in the Wall Street Journal. It was via this bastion of style and influence that I learned nail art is “played out” (ouch), and that nude polishes are finally back in style.
This is not to say I’ve a beef with nude polishes. Goodness, no. I love them, to pieces. It’s just that clearly, the Wall Street Journal hasn’t stepped foot in my local Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid, because had they done so, they’d have noticed more retail shelf space being devoted to colorful little bottles of lacquer and nail art, than books, newspapers and magazines. Combined.
Fact is, nail art is a coat of many colors, textures, and effects. If you’ve the attitude and bearing to rock these looks, it’s ALL in style!
Speaking of Walmart, a couple of weeks ago, I spotted a shiny new Fing’rs Heart2Art nail art display, and proceeded to laser in on a package of the brand’s Map It Out nail tattoos. For $4.99US, I scored the kind of product that up until now, I’ve been ordering via slow boat from China. Take that, Wall Street Journal!
Recently, I had an opportunity to play with these nail tattoos, and here’s how it went down…
Over a base of butterLONDON Nail Foundation (this stuff is like makeup for your nails, providing a base finish while evening out the color of your nail bed) I painted three thin coats of Essie‘s lovely sheer white Marshmallow. Once dry, I gave it a quick once over with a fast dry clear coat (Sally Hansen Insta Dri Clearly Quick). This left me with a nice white palette to work with.
I cut one sheet of the tattoo paper into five nail-size pieces, and then one-by-one, removed the plastic film from each small strip, dipped the paper in water, and then affixed it to my nail. FYI: All it takes is 10 seconds before the paper slides away, and a nail tattoo is revealed.
In this particular package, I had the option of working with one of two road maps, or a subway map. Each of these three sets comes with 10 sheets of tattoo paper, for a total of 30 sheets in all.
Oh, yeah…I decided to take the subway.
Once all the tattoos were affixed and dry, I applied one layer of Gelous to smooth out any imperfections, and then two layers of top coat to protect the design and amp up the shine.
Kinda sweet, don’t you think? Here’s the low down…
PROS: Super easy, fun, locally available, and inexpensive.
CONS: Be careful to remove all bubbles between the tattoo and nail surface, by smoothing the surface out with a wet finger. I ended up with some teensy bubbles, here and there, but inasmuch as my nails aren’t likely to be subjected to Hubble magnification, I couldn’t care less.
TAKEAWAY: If you’re of like mind, head on over to Wally World and buy yourself a package (or two) of Fing’rs nail art tattoos! For a small price, you’ll have yourself some unique options for tons of accent nails and full-out tattooed manis.
So, what’s YOUR take on nail tattoos? “Played out” or timely and fun? Let me know in comments. I’m always interested in knowing what other mani mavens are thinking.
Well, that’s it for today, folks…
Until next time, thanks so much for dropping by!
UPDATE: Seems the WSJ isn’t the only one calling for the demise of nail art. It’s hilarious. You’d think they’d have better things to do. But then again, your style and mine is dictated by the red carpet styles of Hollywood celebrities. NOT. Actually, since first reading the WSJ article last month, I’ve suspected that some fashion designers want their haute couture worn without anything that might distract from that designer’s vision. Good nail art is nothing if not a perfect distraction. Apparently Marc Jacobs and his polish-less mannequins, agree.