This week's bookish nail art was inspired by...
Fin Series by Tera Lynn Childs
This nail design actually came about out of an experiment.I wanted to use this loose glitter I had gotten a while ago but I had no idea how!
At the moment I was currently re-reading Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs and I just absolutely loved the cover so I decided to use the covers of the series as inspiration! From there I just grabbed green and blue polishes and the loose glitter and sat down to paint my nails. I really had no idea what I was doing, but I just kind of went with it.
First I painted all of my nails white, to start off with a blank canvas. Then I took a makeup sponge (I bought a whole pack of makeup sponges just for nail art... I don't even wear foundation! Lol) and painted four stripes of color: lime green, a duller green, light blue-ish, and teal.
I sponged two coats of that onto my white nails (doing this on white nail polish makes the colors on top really pop!) and then I moved onto the glitter. After the green-to-blue gradient was done, I added a clear top coat on top of that and added the glitter onto my nails.
I had 3 colors of glitter I wanted to use: green, light blue, and dark blue. So I decided to add the glitter and a sort of gradient as well, to match the polish underneath. And believe it or not, I added each little glitter individually with a toothpick! Yes it took a while, and yes there
was probably an easier way to do it , but I just went with this.
And I am very happy with how it turned out! It is just SO pretty and glittery and does that not look like fish scales?? Totally what I was going for! Very mermaid-esque!
What I used:
Base color: SinfulColors Snow Me White
Gradient (Green to Blue): L.A. Colors Color Craze in lime green, SinfulColors Innocent, Wet n' Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-Mint, Maybelline Color Show Shocking Seas
"Glue" for the Glitter: SinfulColors Clear Coat
Top Coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Loose Glitter: Green, light blue, dark blue
This little design started off as just a swatch of that red color that had me so intrigued. But if you know me at all, you know that the plain red didn't last long, lol. I don't usually wear just one color on my nails, like, ever, so for this one I decided to add a little gold french tip sort of design. And I actually didn't add a top coat to this one because the red dried matte! I don't know what it is about the polishes I got the other day, but they all seem to dry matte. Not that I'm complaining. I liked it so I decided it to leave it as is after I added the gold (also, I was lazy, but that's beside the point ;)).
If you're participating in the Mythology Reading Challenge, this series has a basis on Greek mythology! I'm currently reading the second book in the series, Fins Are Forever, and it is a lot of fun! I really recommend this series!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions for future posts!