Thursday, September 11, 2014

New technique?

I have nothing to disclose.

Two weeks ago Mike & I were watching an old video about a couple who were restoring old furniture to help them save some money. The woman was painting a piece, and the technique inspired today's manicure post. She painted a layer of gold, let it dry, and then used a streaky white paint on top. I heard this, and immediately thought 'Oh, I have to try this on my nails!' So I'm not sure if its a new technique or not but its different for me in any case.

For this manicure I started with Zoya Ziv, a gold foil. I let it dry a few minutes and then applied a very very thin coat of Sally Hansen White Tip, a plain white creme. You want to use just enough that it covers the nail while at the same time the undercoat shows through. Use those streaks to your advantage!

I really love how this technique looks. In natural light, it came out looking almost a tan color, a color I normally hate. The underlying gold has just enough sparkle to make this a really interesting look. This was so very simple, and the gold adds a bit of elegance while creating a look which looks as though it were inspired by nature.

Unfortunately I don't have any really good pictures of this manicure, the one above is the best. My mom, aunt, and cousins were in state for a visit (YAY!!!) so I was in a big hurry and didn't take enough time to photograph this correctly and most of my pictures turned out blurry (BOO!) I do have a few decent pictures with the flash but honestly I don't like how this looks with the flash. It looks so pretty and awesome in real life so I'm not going to ruin it by showing you those pictures.

I'll definitely try out this technique again sometime and I'm thinking I'll try it out with some other colors. I'm already thinking about a Halloween manicure with this technique possibly?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! If this is an already established technique, I'd love to see some other manis.

Now you have something fun to do with all of those streaky polishes you have ;)

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