Today brings about the start of a new Llama Nails challenge, this time based on techniques. I'm really excited about this one, because it will give me a chance to try some techniques that I haven't yet attempted, and an opportunity to perfect some of the ones in which I'm already pretty well-versed.
As you can see, today's prompt is Waterfall Nails, which is on my "I've never done that" list. I did elect to change it up a bit by pulling up from the tip rather than the traditional fall from the cuticle, but I love the look nonetheless.
I started with 2 coats of China Glaze When Stars Collide on all but my ring finger, which was double-coated with Rimmel Space Dust Aurora.
As you know, I do love holographic polishes, so I was really excited when I picked this up along with a few others from CG's holo line last year. When Stars Collide is a gorgeous plum holo, right up my alley.
For the accent nail, I knew I wanted to use a textured polish, and of the ones currently in my stash, Aurora seems the best color compliment to WSC, so I used two coats. I actually wore this mani for a couple of days without the waterfall effect because I didn't want to topcoat the holo or the texture. Once my tips started wearing, it was time to revamp it into some nail art!
I started by leveling the playing field and adding topcoat to Aurora to smooth it out, because I didn't want my waterfall lines to bleed into the texture. Once dry, I made vertical lines using my Kiss striping brush set in black, white, and silver glitter.
On the accent nail, I switched it around a bit and subbed WSC instead of the silver glitter. I think that kind of pulled that nail into the mani a little bit better, plus the silver glitter was clashing with the champagne color of Aurora.
This was a great way to add a couple more days of life to a fading manicure! Next time I try this technique, I'll pull from the top on a fresh mani instead, because I do love how that looks.
Hope you're all enjoying February so far! As always, please check out the other waterfall looks by the ladies of Llama Nails below. I sure do hope this challenge brings out more players than the holiday challenge!