Hey There Polished People!
Do you find it interesting how different people perceive your nails? For instance, sometimes I will do a design that just doesn’t turn out as I expected and I’m feeling very disappointed by it (but, notice, not disappointed enough not to post it! haha) and then everyone loves it. Also- sometimes I do a nail design that I’m really just patting myself on the back about and I just really think I’m something special because of it and then I show my husband by literally shoving my hands in his face saying “look at my nails!” and he’s like “huh… interesting.” Now, as a guy who is much more interested in mowing the lawn, chopping wood, making a fire, brewing beer and having anything to do with basketball, I don’t expect him to “oooh pretttttyyyyy” me to death but when he likes something he at least says, “Those are nice.” These nails I’m about to show you are a good example of nails that got an underwhelming response. I thought these were, like, blow-my-mind awesome and he was just like “ehh… that’s different.” What a turd! On Twitter Wes from Polish Me Manly and Fitzy from Lacquer Lad were both fairly impressed though so yay for that. These dudes have taste! 😉 Let’s see my nails and you can be the judge!
Stripe Inlay Nails
How To Get These Nails:
- Start off, as always, with base coat.
- Paint stripes on top of your base coated nails using a striping brush in the following colors/order: ChG Exotic Encounters, Sation Rock A Guy Blue, ChG Desert Sun and ChG Jungle Queen. Make the stripes whatever size you are comfortable with but try to keep them fairly consistent for best results. Also, you don’t need to worry about getting all the way to the edges because you’re going to cover the edges up anyway.
- Once you have stripes all the way to the end of your nails, use the final color to wrap your tips. I ended with ChG Desert Sun so I used that brush to wrap my tips.
- Apply a coat of Seche Vite and allow your nails to dry completely.
- When your nails are absolutely 100% dry, cut a small piece of tape about 1/2 the width of your nail and place it down the middle over the stripes. Do this for each nail.
- Make sure your tape is pressed all the way down. If you see air bubbles in the tape you’ll have to smooth it out before you apply the paint in the next step.
- When your nails are taped off, use ChG Elephant Walk to paint the tape-free sides of your nails. Make sure the coat is opaque, and then remove the tape right away.
- Use your clean up brush dipped in acetone to clean up the lines and your cuticles.
- When the grey polish is mostly dry, apply a final coat of Seche Vite (two if it’s still bumpy) and voila! You’re done!! 😀 Enjoy these nails and see if people are impressed by YOUR nails. 😉
Ok so it’s time for the moment of truth… How did you all like them? I got the idea from Chalkboard Nails. She did hers for the rainbow day in the 31 day nail challenge and I just loved the combination of the stripes with the solid sides. I decided to do mine in a fall color scheme and I think they turned out pretty darn good! Do you think Wes and Fitzy are right or do you side with my husband? Tell the truth! Haha. And- don’t forget to check out everyone else’s nails by clicking on the button below. As always, thanks for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!!! 😀
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