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.)
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~
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.