July 9, 2014

Fly Away: Stamped Skittle Nail Art Design

Hey there Nail Artists! I bet you thought you had seen the last of my MoYou London 10K contest entries, huh? Then a friend reminded me the other day that I never posted my Butterflies design (Day 28). I'll apologize to you on her behalf! But I am pretty sorry as well because I used a ton of polishes in this design and it was fun ((NOT!)) going back through my stash trying to remember everything I used. This particular day I was feeling guilty because I have been neglecting my amazing holo collection, so I brought 4 of them out to play. Let's check it out!

Main image for Fly Away Design, completed with Llarowe polish

Provisions:
Basecoat and Topcoat: Nail Tek Foundation II, Nfu-Oh Aqua Base and HK Girl topcoat
Base polish: Colors by Llarowe Purple Pizzaz, Tank Tops & Flip Flops and Dirty Diana, Nfu-Oh 61
Accent colors: L'Oreal Miss Candy Collection: Miss Pixie, Berry Nice, Lilac Coolers, Jolly Lolly, Mango Mamma and Bananarama Love
Stamping plates: MoYou London Mother Nature 10 and Pro 05 XL
Stamping polishes: Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and Mundo de Unas Black (2)
Embellishments: Swarovski Elements Crystal Butterfly and Vintage silver butterfly shaped stud from Born Pretty Store

Nails polished with 4 CBL holos and Nfu-oh 61, taken indoors
I started by applying 2 coats of Colors by Llarowe Purple Pizzaz to my thumb and pinky fingers. Then I applied 2 coats each of Tank Tops & Flip Flops on my index finger and Dirty Diana on my ring finger. My middle finger got the special treatment with a coat of Nfu-Oh Aqua Base before and in between 2 coats of Nfu-Oh 61. I finished by adding a layer of HK Girl topcoat. They look pretty good under the artificial indoor light, right? But it was a gorgeous day in New Mexico so I decided to take them out for some sunshine.

Nails polished with 4 CBL holos & Nfu-Oh 61, taken in direct sun.
The Nfu-Oh polish looks damn good no matter the lighting conditions and the Colors by Llarowe polishes really come to life in the sunshine. Dirty Diana looks amazing on my ring finger and I love all the colored glitters in Purple Pizzaz.

Nail rights after stamping
First I stamped my thumb, index and pinky fingers with various butterfly images from MoYou London's Mother Nature 10 plate using Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. Then I used a bottle of Kiss Silver Striping Glitter to go over the dots in the design and added a few more of my own. Lastly I stamped my middle finger with the partial butterfly image from Pro 05XL using Mundo de Unas black. I applied another layer of topcoat to all of the stamped nails.

Completed design with leadlighting and embellishments, indoors
Then it was time to do the LeadLighting on my middle finger. I used 2 different sizes of dotting tools and worked my way from the outside of the design inward using the 6 L'Oreal Miss Candy Collection polishes named above. This is the 2nd time I have used them for LeadLighting and I think they are really easy to work with and give a great result. And just as soon as I had finished my middle finger I looked down at my nails and regretted not doing all of them that way! I guess that's why there's always a next time, right?

Completed design in sunlight
My last step was to embellish my ring finger with an 8mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Flatback Butterfly. I bought a few of them from Beadaholique over the winter and have been waiting for the right time to use them. I also added a 6mm x 5mm Vintage style butterfly stud from Born Pretty Store. They ship free worldwide and you can get 10% off of your next order by using my code: NAWW10. As you can see above, I couldn't resist letting the holos go wild in the sun again!

And there you have it. Fly Away now! No, just kidding! I would love to hear your thoughts about this design. I enjoy your comments and reply to each one personally. 

OH, this post reminded me that I promised a few of you lovely ladies a video tutorial on the LeadLight Technique I used in this design:
Pretty Blossoms design

I have not forgotten! I am currently testing out a new camera and it needs to be capable of making HD videos. What better to test it on then making this long overdue tutorial. Thanks for your patience!

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this nail art design. I'll see you at the next post.

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