A little messy, but the applique got torn soon after I photographed it. The pointer is an appliqué of a portion of Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals, in honor and support of the We Are One protests today (April 4) for workers’ rights.
Peas and Q’s by Nicole by OPI, Matte About You by Essie, a grey from Forever 21.
I figured it was time for something new, and I wanted it to be more recognizable as the face of this blog. This manicure was far messier than expected, but then, I combined two rather messy techniques, so it was foolish of me to think it’d come out all nice and clean. If you’re going to attempt something like this, make sure you have q-tips and polish remover ready to clean up the edges.
I water marbled with Essie Lapis of Luxury (now renamed Lapiz? my bottle definitely has an S on it), Essie Power Clutch and Orly Halley’s Comet. I then cut letters out of tape, put the letters on my nails and painted over them with Sally Hansen Lustrous, my favorite black polish. Ideally I’d use blue painter’s tape for this, but all I have right now is satin finish Scotch tape, and it works well enough.
I recommend, if you’re using letters made out of tape, to leave one leg of the letter very long so it extends off the nail. I used the tail to help peel the tape off without having to scrabble for the ends, which prevented smudging of the black polish. I then went back with a swipe of the black polish to recreate the bottom of the letter.