Hope you're enjoying your Saturday, and are keeping nice and warm? The roads all around my house have been closed today because of the snow, so I've been stranded in! So instead of going out doing shopping and visiting the Post Office as I'd planned, I've been confined to the house. That doesn't mean it's been a wasted day though, I've painted a picture, and have been doing some nail art too, so it's all good.
Not long ago, I saw this post from Work, Play, Polish (link) about Star Trek uniform nailart, and I couldn't get it out of my head. I asked her if it was ok to have a go myself, and she kindly said yes it was fine. Actually what I ended up with wasn't exactly the same as hers, and not as neat or nice, but I'm still pretty pleased with it. Please excuse my middle finger cuticle, I nibbled at it in a fit of gin inspired (ginspired?) madness, I've tried to blur it with my photo software so you don't have to look at it.
So here's the manicure:
After applying my basecoat, I applied Maybelline Express Finish in Cherry, which I blogged about (here) just one coat needed. The blue is Nails Inc's Ebury Bridge, which you can see more of (here) and the yellow is Collection 2000's Lemon Soda.
Then I marked off the bottom section of my nails using gridding tape, which I prefer to striping tape even though it's more expensive because it's less curly, and painted the bottom of my nails using the black from the Simple Pleasures scented halloween set which I reviewed last year (link)
Finally I used Rimmels silver polish Your Majesty and a dotting tool to make the badges and I was done. I think they came out OK.
So this got me thinking of other sci-fi nail art looks. I've already done one on the daleks (link) which looked like this:
The base for this manicure is Jessica's holo polish Disco Diva, and this mani looked awesome in the sun.
So, back to today. I decided I wanted to do some batman nails, so off to the internet I went. I found two sources of inspiration. This post from appletosh (link) and this youtube video by pixiepolish (link)
It didn't come out brilliantly, but it was a bit of an experiment. In her video pixiepolish paints using acrylic paint and a cocktail stick. I've never done this before, I usually use small brushes, but she made it look pretty easy so I thought I'd have a go. As usual with YouTube, it looked easy only because she's reeeeaaaally good at it haha.
So here's what I ended up with:
As you can see, my thumb is lumpy bumpy, even with a thick coat of Seche on, and my Seche picked up some of the black paint when it smudged the thumb and dotted it all over my manicure. I've had better nailart attempts haha.
However, strangely, I'm still quite pleased with it! I think the ring finger came out really well, this is the second attempt at that, the first one was so rubbish I actually took it off and started again. On the tutorial I saw, they painted his face on the bottom half of the nail, but I preferred it without.
If you ignore the thumb, it looks pretty good:
This is one manicure I'd like to try again, and get neater, because I think it's pretty ace. Batman is too cool.
So there we go, three different ideas you can try. Which is your favourite?
Until next time...
MASPOOASE x x x