Hi! This is a mani inspired by old school tattoos and retro nails. I googled a bit and couldn’t find anything similar. (Click pictures to enlarge)It’s for Nailed It’s competition: rules are only two bottles of polish, and no decorations (no acrylics, no stamping, no rhynestones, no loose glitter, no nothing). Prize is a $20 gift certificate for BornPretty Store, an online shop I really like, which has lots of nail-related items. [By the way, I am affiliated with BornPretty Store and I asked them for a 10% off code for my readers, MARYJ61, in the banner on the right, but I don’t get money if you use that code or another. Just don’t pay for items full price, use a(ny) discount code at checkout]. Anyway here’s what I used for this manicure (plus acetone and tissues):
The two polishes I used were Orly mini Monroe’s Red and Kiko 275 black for freehand designs. Some cleanup with Essence nail polish corrector pencil, and regular brushes dipped in acetone. I used Rimmel London 5 in 1 nail treat as base and top coat, but I wouldn’t use it again with Orly red as it melts it and takes some off. My half moons are left bare to recreate manicures of the 1920s and 30s. Only bad girls would cover their whole nail back then. Had I had longer nails, I would have left the tip bare as well (another style common at the time), but I had to cut my nails really short and I have hardly any white tips at the moment. It was really hard to take pictures because the shiny topcoat makes the nails look weird and uneven when they aren’t. The designs (and my nails) are really tiny, I don’t think you get the idea with such close shots: please compare them to the bottles of polish — which are not huge as they look.
What you see are not pre-made stickers or decals. It took me an hour and half just to draw this by hand. The black polish kept drying; it would have been so much easier to use acrylics (against the rules, plus I don’t have any). I really put in a lot of effort, so I hope you like it. I feel like crying at the thought of taking it off 😀
What do you think?