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Day 7 and we’re going fairly well… I think.
I lacked inspiration for this manicure – I did a lot of googling and reading and just couldn’t think of anything super exciting or new, did you know there was such a thing as a moonbow? I didn’t have enough colours to do an “alternative rainbow” and I wasn’t in the mood for painting leprechauns or pots of gold. I tried to think of ways to use a rainbow of colours but just felt a bit over-whelmed and under-inspired. I thought I would therefore go back to basics and use traditional rainbow colours to create simple rainbow nails.
WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS PARTIALLY NUDE NAILS
Colours Used: Barrym Nude, Indigo, Foil Effects Silver and Cyan Blue. H&M Lemon Tree. Rimmel Double Decker Red. Maybelline Color Shot Orange Attack. Models Own Toxic Apple.
There is no way of avoiding it, rainbow nails are going to use ALOT of nail polish. None of these nail polishes are new to my collection though and I just made the best with what I had to work with (which I suppose is a lot by a normal persons standards but not a lot by a polish addicts – I NEED MOORRREEE).
I started off painting all my nails with a base of nude; I am lucky that I have gotten away with very minimum long term staining from my nail habits but it was still nice to have a shiney and clean base to work on. I did the accent nail on my ring finger first. I made a small blog of each colour in my rainbow order onto a small piece of plastic so they were all ready to go. Then I added a piece of striping tape diagonally across my nail, you could easily use cellotape as it doesn’t require a fine line. With a thin brush I added on my coloured stripes, removed the tape and voila all done – half a nail of rainbow. Along the edge of the rainbow I added a line of gems – it looked great with out them but I like a bit of bling on my accent nails at the moment.
Trouble hit me – what was I going to do on my other fingers? I tried a couple of different things and settled for added another accent to my thumb and then the other nails would be made up of the primary colours as I think having a rainbow on every finger would be overkill.
So I sectioned off my thumb and added my coloured strips as before, then I added thin stripes in Foil Effects Silver to link it to the silvery gems on my ring finger (that was the idea anyway). I decided to leave the nude patches on both accent fingers as I thought black or white would be a bit too stark next to the rainbows. Shame that in the pictures the difference between the orange and the red didn’t come out – it is more apparent in real life. All top coated with Sally Hansen No Chip.
Considering, I wasn’t particularly in the mood or feeling very inspired I am fairly happy with how this manicure ended up looking, I like my ring finger best. What do you think? Be honest!