April 10, 2014

Watercolors: Nail Art with OPI Sheer Tints

Hello nail artists! Welcome to my very first blog post! I am sure that you've seen many iterations of the watercolor manicure by now, but I just had to try it myself. I have acrylic paints that I could have used, but I really wanted to try creating it with the new OPI Sheer Tints. I thought they would be easy to use and a little less messy than watering down the paints. I purchased the mini set of Sheer Tints because I wasn't really sure if I would use them for anything else, and most likely I will only use them to do another version of this easy nail art because I simply LOVE the way it looks.

Provisions:
Basecoat & Topcoat: Nail Tek Foundation II & Seche Vite
Base color: OPI Alpine Snow (design nails) & OPI Pussy Galore (index finger & pinky)
Accent colors: OPI Sheer Tints, OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, OPI Do You Lilac It?,
Essie Luxe Effects Pure Pearlfection
Embellishments: Silver bead chain and Vintage circle and square studs from the Born Pretty Store,
Swarovski Elements round rhinestone, square rhinestone from eBay 
I created the watercolor effect using all four of the sheer tint colors (purple, blue, yellow and pink). Through the testing I did before trying this on my nails I found it worked best for me to have all of the colors open and close at hand so I could use them in succession, choosing whichever color I thought would look best next. I wiped most of the polish from the brush and applied what remained by dabbing it onto a small area and overlapping it some when I moved on to the next color. I worked quickly so the colors stayed wet and blended into each other, creating new colors like the green and orange you see. To soften the look on the design fingers I added a coat of Essie Pure Pearlfection, but any sheer, shimmery topcoat would do the trick. My vision for this manicure had included a thin, lacy stamp down the middle of the design nails, but I decided the silver bead chain looked better.

I apologize for the lack of nail art pictures in this post. I had not planned to have a blog when I did this manicure and promise to do better next time!
I hope you've enjoyed this nail art design! Thanks for reading and hope to see you at the next post.

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