Somewhere towards the end of my 20s, I finally quit biting my nails and they started growing out - never very long, mind you, but they were at least more than a tiny half-moon sliver nowhere near the end of my finger. I had an on/off affair with doing acrylics once again, and every time I took them off I went back to the same old problem where once the natural nails grew out past the end of my finger, they would split, tear, and break. I tried shellacs for a little while, but ultimately had the same problems. In the last year, I finally decided to stop with the acrylics and finally start caring about my nails. It was then that I started trying to do my own nail art - thanks a lot, Pinterest.
tl;dr version: I've had bad nails my whole life, but I'm reforming.
I thought since I'm going to start blogging my nail art experiments, it would be fun to show you guys a showcase of the nail art that came before. It all started in April 2013, with this:
|I had these sprinkles, see...|
|And I saw this thing on Pinterest...|
Anyway... that's where it all started. I had officially discovered that I could waste copious amounts of time by playing on my fingertips. I bought some polishes with nail art brushes and set to work. I didn't know then about cleaning up my cuticles, and had no ability to actually keep the polish ON MY NAILS. Mostly it's been a big mess.
|Precision is for pussies|
|Just glob it on, it's FINE!|
After moving to the UK, my Pinterest addiction only grew. Suddenly I thought I could recreate things I saw online.
|I was quite proud of these.|
|Galaxy nails - done with a q-tip!|
I went through some rookie mistakes...
|Don't doze off until after they're dry.|
I experimented with new techniques...
|Totally original design, y'all|
|Ombre? You keep using that word...|
And then eventually I started seeing things that actually looked like nail art.
|Until the stones fall off|
|Striping tape? It's... fiddly.|
|I just wanted some candy corn, y'all|
|First haul from Born Pretty Store - holographs AND color changing polish? I'm in!|
Then I discovered flocking powder...
|I has a fuzzy finger|
|Eat All The Cookies!!!|
|Karaoke can be brutal|
|Thank goodness for dotting tools|
And started taking suggestions from Facebook...
|How hard can it be to draw an elephant?|
|That was the day George discovered LSD|
|A pig, a panda, a penguin, and a... oh hell.|
|The other animals didn't know that Lion was a vegetarian.|
|I miss the bluebonnets...|
|Here, let me mutilate some for you.|
I found 3D paints and struggled with concepts...
|Birds n bees... it will work!|
|Cuz I need to use this 3d paint somehow|
|Water marble fail? Just use a dotting tool to cover it up. And add pearls.|
|As noted on FB, they look like handbags...|
|Random craft supplies must be glued onto nails.|
|I call it - Unicorn Poop.|
|Little of this, little of that...|
|Reminds me, I should swatch all those new polishes at some point.|
|We'll just throw stuff together til I can freehand a Longhorn|
|Hey, that water marbling is getting better at least|
|And now I want some Christmas candy|
So... that's it. A history of the past 6 months of nail art evolution. I cannot promise I'll ever be one of the greats, but I will continue to strive for something beyond mediocrity. Since most of you reading this as I post it will be coming directly from my Facebook feed, thanks for coming along for the ride.