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I love when Thursday rolls around and it’s A2Z time! I can’t believe some of the wonderful manis that everyone has been coming up with – don’t forget to check out the Archive for a full list of the inlinkz for this challenge as well as a hyperlink to our instagram #A2ZNails tag! Also, we’re on week 7, how did that happen?
Gold is the perfect seasonal colour but since I am already doing a few different Christmas designs I decided to try and get a bit creative for this weeks theme. I ran through a few different ideas before settling on the most glamourous one that feature gold: the Oscars. The Academy Awards are a massive date in the film world and whether you’re interested in films or just fabulous outfits there is something great about this annual red carpet occasion. I’m not sure if this years nominees have been announced yet but are there any films you think should be going home with the golden statue this year? I miss going to the cinema, I have not been for ages… I am trying to remember if I have been this year at all *the mind boggles*.
I started out by painting my index and pinky finger in a coat of China Glaze Roguish Red which is a beautiful bright fiery red and then while this was still wet COVERED them in red flocking powder. I pressed the fibers down into the wet nail polish and then dusted off the rest with a brush and some celotape. I did this first because I didn’t want to risk getting the fluffy bits stuck into my nail art later. I can’t remember where I got my flocking powder from, but I got a pack with 12 different colours and also not super popular I do think it was the perfect medium for creating some red carpet on my nails!
For all my other nails I painted two coats of China Glaze Cast A Spell which is a black gelly base with gold micro shimmer – it is so pretty and sparkly. I didn’t want to do just a plain black base cause I really wanted all of that glitz and glam on my nails! Once dry I used a small nail art brush to free hand my stars and my oscar statue in Barrym Foil Effects Gold. I usually only use this polish for stamping but in this case it worked as a perfect opaque gold base; for some extra gold sparkle I then added OPI Goldeneye over the top of these designs. This gold flakie really does look like molten metal and was so pretty when it caught the light.
The design was then topcoated using Rimmel Plumping 3D Topcoat (it’s called something like that… I can’t find my bottle right now…) and I was ready for my closeup! You could totally stamp the stars for this design but I wanted to try out some more freehand – I am sure there are loads of other movie icons you could choose too from directors chairs to cameras or maybe even the hollywood sign?! I hope you like this design, I can’t wait to see what the other bloggers have been up to – you can see too by clicking on the inlinkz froggie below!