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Opals.  I did these using a tutorial by Kelly of basecoat-topcoat, who is one of my all-time favorite nail artists.  She has an ongoing series of stone-inspired nails that are so beautiful, unusual, and realistic (you’ve probably seen this one around, because people are always fucking stealing it).  I really wanted to try to recreate one of them, and I’m very happy with how they came out, although I do think hers were better.

31DC2014 day 30: inspired by a tutorial

It’s not time for another one of my semi-regularly scheduled nail art posts, is it? OH WAIT IT TOTALLY IS.

I swear, I don’t show you guys half of the shit that goes on my nails, but these in particular are making me so happy that I just had to share them. They’re opals! On my fingers! I used this nifty tutorial from @basecoat-topcoat—with just some minor changes because I proved to be quite inept at the suggested method. I love how they turned out and have been wiggling my fingers around like a lunatic all day because ~look at the pretty sparkles~

mmm okay this is complete garbage but so am I so:

Starscream would definitely paint the tips of his claws like ppl do w/their nails. He has a whole specific array of colors (plain, metallic, glitter-y, matte, he’s got them all) to match his aesthetic and everything, but the thing is, he’s absolute shit at the actually painting, even if he uses the special tapes to keep polish where it’s supposed to be. He gets paint further up his claws, on his palms, his wrist, his optic on one memorable occasion (not his wings tho, he’ll be coated head to toe before a drop touches his wings). And no amount of topcoat or basecoat or setting thing will keep it on his hands. He’s guaranteed to ruin the paint on at least one of his claws within the day.

On occasions where Starscream just kinda gives up trying but still wants his claws to be painted, he’ll sit down with Soundwave and have him paint. Soundwave only does his own digits up on rare occasions, but he’s fucking fantastic at it. Not a molecule of paint out of place, paint job smooth as glass, always adds an unique little flare to the accent nail, even the glitter seems to be like perfectly arranged, and somehow -Star’s a man of science, but even he’s beginning to think it’s some kind of magic- Soundwave’s nail painting is lifeproof, it’ll last for at least a week before even chipping.

Starscream thanks him for the help, and leaves, but the next time he sees Shockwave, they compare their paint (Shockwave used to do his nails up all the time before his hand was replaced. Since they became close, Soundwave helps him out now, finding some time to pull Shockwave away from his work for a little break, nail painting, food, and a nap if needed.) 

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AFGHANITE - #1 in the “Get Stoned” series Part 5 & P.O.T.W. - Revlon - mysterious

  • Revlon - Mysterious
  • O.P.I. - no room for the blues + bling dynasty
  • Sally Hansen - pacific blue + indi-glow + white on
  • OCC makeup - pagan
  • Essie -butler please
  • Forever 21 - marina

This is the last look using Revlon - mysterious. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.

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EYE IN THE SKY - P.O.T.W. - OCC - technopagan

  • OCC - technopagan
  • Essie - bikini so teeny
  • Revlon - espresso + 1,000 volts
  • L'Oreal - royalty reinvented + lacey lilac
  • Sally Hansen - white on
  • Color Club - je ne sais quoi + first looks
  • half round gold beads

This is the first look using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - technopagan,  

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MOD PRINT - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - emerald city (matte suede)

  • Revlon - emerald city
  • Color Club - perfect mol-ten + sea glass
  • Essie - turquoise & caicos
  • Sally Hansen - white on 

This is the second look using Revlon - Emerald City. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches from previously featured polishes!

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PAISLEY FADE - P.O.T.W. - Deborah Lippman - supermodel

  • Deborah Lippman - supermodel
  • Love & Beauty - mint
  • O.P.I. - no room for the blues
  • Sinful Colors - HD nails
  • Wet n Wild - on a trip
  • Cover Girl - pink-finity

This is the second look using Cover Girl - pink-finity. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.

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YOU SI DIS? - P.O.T.W. - OCC - technopagan

Inspired by Chinese artist, You Si. Unfortunately i cannot find the title of this piece anywhere so if anyone knows!

  • OCC - technopagan
  • Essie - tart deco
  • O.P.I. - I just can’t cope-acabana + chick flick cherry + green on the runway + no room for the blues + did you ‘ear about van gogh?
  • L'Oreal - lacey lilac
  • Color Club first looks
  • Sally Hansen - white on
  • Love & Beauty - mint

This is the last look using OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS - technopagan. 

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PARTY FAVOR - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - urban

  • Revlon - urban + coastal surf + 1,000 volts
  • Essie - sugar daddy
  • Sally Hansen - pacific blue + pucker up
  • L'Oreal - tangerine crush + royalty reinvented
  • Sinful Colors - bright lucite + chick chick
  • Cover Girl- pink-finity
  • blue caviar beads
  • silver iridescent hex glitter
  • red bow

This is the second look using Revlon - urban. Visit the CHALLENGES -> P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.

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RED CAGE - P.O.T.W. Deborah Lippman - supermodel

These would have been fun vday nails, but oh well… next year! :)

  • Deborah Lippman - supermodel + all about the base
  • Essie - sugar daddy
  • red foil tape
  • red metallic studs

This is the third look using Deborah Lippman - supermodel. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches!

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BAD SANTA - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - cool beige

Him is one of my favorite Powerpuff Girls characters, and his outfit is kind of perfect for the upcoming holiday!

  • Revlon - cool beige
  • L’Oreal - tangerine crush
  • Love & Beauty - red
  • Spoiled - i’m so jaded
  • Color Club - wicker park
  • Sally Hansen - white on + black out
  • N.Y.C. - red velvet rope
  • black caviar beads
  • black Swarovski Crystals

This is the third look using Revlon - cool beige. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches!

Instagram: @kellyohstein + Twitter & Pinterest: @basecoattopcoat
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AMBER FOREVER - #9 in the “Get Stoned” series Part 4 + P.O.T.W. - O.P.I. - I just can’t cope-acabana

  • O.P.I. - i just can’t cope-acabana + y'all come back now ya hear? 
  • Spoiled - designated driver
  • Love & Beauty - cocoa
  • Sinful Colors - cloud 9
  • Color Club - pearl district + sparkle & Soar
  • Wet n Wild - under your spell
  • Sally Hansen - white on
  • gold rings
  • lt. brown Swarovski Crystals
  • gold nail art beads

This is the first look using O.P.I. - I just can’t cope-acabana. Stay tuned for the rest of the designs using this polish and visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches

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BILLIARD BABE - P.O.T.W. - O.P.i. - green on the runway

  • O.P.I. - green on the runway + jade is the new black
  • Cult - breakwater
  • Cover Girl - lasting love
  • Love & Beauty - orange
  • Color Club - je ne sais quoi + port-folio
  • Essie - naughty nautical
  • N.Y.C. - mulberry street
  • INM - white porcelain
  • Sally Hansen - pacific blue (royal/jelly)
  • gold nail art tape
  • pearl and rhinestone cabochons

This is the second look using O.P.I. - green on the runway. Stay tuned for more looks using this polish and visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches!

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ALIENS EXIST - P.O.T.W. - Cult Cosmetics - coachella

  • Cult Cosmetics - coachella
  • Sally Hansen - white on
  • Revlon - coastal surf + midnight affair
  • Wet n Wild - hollywood walk of fame
  • Love & Beauty - red
  • Revlon - sunlit grass + expresso
  • Sinful Colors - hip to be a square + tempest
  • yellow star sequin

This is the second look using Cult Cosmetics - coachella. Visit the CHALLENGES -> P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches.