Hello, Darlings! Happy Tuesday! 😀 When I was last at my local drug store
buying bags of holiday Reese’s cups I came across the gorgeous Beaming Blue from the Maybelline Brocade collection. This polish is SO BEAUTIFUL – a sheer, glittery blurple with a faint duochrome shimmer that flashes between electric blue and soft violet (sadly the duochrome flash didn’t translate to the nail at all). Smitten at first sight, I bought myself a bottle and set it on my desk until I figured out how to wear it. The time is now! Hang along for the journey and I’ll share what I came up with.
Inspiration hit me hard, and started pulling me in all sorts of directions. Rather than limit myself I decided that a blue skittle nail art manicure was the perfect way to go! Starting off with two coats of Elevation Polish’s Silversword as my base I selected a few blues from my stash and set to work utilizing striping tape, scotch tape, some blue studs, and a striping brush.
While my initial inspiration was found in Beaming Blue, I really wanted to play with nail polish finishes and textures. One coat of Beaming Blue over Silversword allowed the texture and depth of Beaming Blue to really stand in focus. It reminds me of light reflecting off of the surface of a river – full of movement and life while still being contained. For my middle finger I placed striping tape in a repeating chevron pattern and covered the whole thing with a healthy coat of Zoya’s Song. I love how the shimmery blue pairs against the Silversword background. I used scotch tape to lay down angled sections of Kiss Me At Midnight from the OPI Mariah Carey liquid sand holiday collection – this polish is insane with it’s mixture of blue and silver working beautifully with the rest of my manicure. Outlining the sections with Zoya’s Edie helped to pull the nail together, but it was the placement of a metallic blue stud that truly completed this look.
All yesterday while at work I found myself glancing down at my manicure and smiling (I kept hoping that someone would notice my nails and enjoy them with me, but it wasn’t meant to be [ALAS!])! Blue is my favorite color to begin with, so being able to play around in that color family will always bring me joy. Add some fun and simple nail art techniques to that equation and it’s my idea of a fun night.
What do you think of this blue skittle nail art mani? Would you consider wearing different nail art techniques on each nail, or is it just too much look for one hand? Let me know what you think! 😀