For the final May Tri-Polish Tuesday, I've opted to save myself some grief and only use two of the three polishes in this abstract floral nail art, using some beautiful polishes that I picked up at M&S, labeled as a Downton Abbey trio, and a US indie from Nail Pattern Boldness called Clairvoyant Visitor.
Before I begin, I should mention that both the trio and the glitter polish here are still in line for full swatch/review posts later. I mostly just couldn't wait to play with them, so... nail art! Below are the four polishes I used, minus the Sally Hansen Big Matte topcoat that I used to mattify it at the end.
This is the abstract print that inspired this look. The more I look at this print, the more tempted I am to go buy the dress, even though the last thing I need is another black and white dress.
In any event, although I think this would look lovely on the nails in
the black and white, I wanted to liven the look up and make it a bit
more colorful, so the shades in the Downton Abbey trio (none of the colors have individual names) were a perfect
choice for translating the print onto my nails. As I was painting, i
looked over into my untieds and spotted the gorgeous Clairvoyant
Visitor, and knew it would make a perfect accent nail.
I began with two coats of the pale pink shimmer polish and let dry thoroughly. I could still see a hint of VNL, but wasn't worried because I knew the nail art would cover it.
On my ring finger, I applied two coats of Clairvoyant Visitor, a textured glitterbomb full of dark grey and dark fuchsia gorgeousness.
I moved on to creating the "floral" aspect of the print, and did this with a small squared-off nail art brush and the red polish from the trio and applied it over every nail except the glittery one. I wasn't actually trying to make flowers here, just to give the effect of a floral. Mostly I just mashed the brush around until it looked sort of like some roses.
My final step was to recreate the broken stripey look from the inspiration print, and this was achieved using a fan brush and the dark purple polish from the trio. I thought I would tie the look together by doing this over the accent nail as well, but unfortunately I think I just managed to gunk up the beauty of the polish in doing so.
After sealing everything in with HKG, I applied the matte topcoat for a finished look. Because I know it looks a bit complicated and a bit messy in the pics, I've included some macros so you can see the individual components.
Hope you enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed creating it. I actually liked this so much that I wore it as a full manicure for 3 whole days! My only big regret is that I forgot that my left ring finger is sporting a fairly serious break patch (I use Orly Nail Rescue - and apparently I've gotten other people hooked). I use NPB's Glitter A-Peel basecoat under all of my glitter nails, but because the break is down pretty far into the free tip, actually REMOVING a peel-off base coat causes problems as soon as I get to the actual point of the break, so I had to break out the polish remover. Since Nail Rescue is an acrylic powder, I couldn't use acetone, and it took me probably 10 minutes of fussing with the non-acetone remover just to clean the glitter off the free edge of my nail. I did manage to get all the glitter off without damaging the patch, so I guess we can consider that a win. Hopefully I will not make this mistake again before the patch grows out!
As always please check out the other TPT creations in the inlinkz below, and I will see y'all tomorrow!