Southwest Glam featuring Literary Lacquers

Have you ever created a nail art design and looked at it later in photos and said to yourself “WOW, I did that”? This happened to me with a design I created recently for my Literary Lacquers 2014 Community Collection review and I love it so much I just have to give it it’s own post!

Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26

This design was inspired because Amy from Literary Lacquers and I both live in New Mexico. I thought it would be the coolest thing to give a nod to the Southwest with some Diva Style nail art! Since I wasn’t planning to post this separately I don’t have my typical step by step photos for you. Sorry about that! But it’s actually not a very difficult design to do and I will give you an overview of the steps.
Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26
I first applied Orly Bonder as a basecoat on all my nails. Then I applied the following polishes, 2 coats on each finger nail: Effie’s Trinket on my index, Tesseract on my middle, Lurid Fog on my ring and pinky. I finished with HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.
Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26
While the polish was drying I created 2 stamping decals using designs from MoYou London’s Explorer 26 plate stamped with Mundo de Unas Black. I filled in the decals with the same colors I used to polish. Want more information on Creating and Applying Stamping Decals? Check out my YouTube video!
Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26, Daily Charme
Next I taped off triangles for a reverse French manicure on 2 fingers. I applied 1 coat each of Lurid Fog and Effie’s Trinket to my index and pinky fingers respectively. Once dry, I used a striping brush to line the triangle with The Ruby Thief.
Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26, Daily Charme
Finally I applied the stamping decals to my middle and ring fingers and accented the other 2 fingers with Silver Mini Skinny Triangles from Daily Charme. I knew those would come in handy!
Literary Lacquers Essie's Trinket, Literary Lacquers Lurid Fog, Literary Lacquers The Ruby Thief, Literary Lacquers Tesseract, MoYou London Explorer 26, Daily Charme

Product Recap
Basecoat and Topcoat: Orly Bonder and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polishes: Literary Lacquers Effie’s Trinket, Lurid Fog and Tesseract
Accent polish: The Ruby Thief
Stamping plate: MoYou London Explorer 26
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Black #2
Embellishments: Silver skinny mini triangles from Daily Charme

I really hope you enjoy this one as much as I do, and don’t mind seeing it again if you read the previous post. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.

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  • OH, can I ever relate to being behind in my blog reading! Thank you for reading and commenting on mine! I am honored! I am so glad you loved these and I do hope to weaken your resolve. 🙂 Honestly, despite having to color some parts of these under a magnifying glass, they were done rather quickly. 10-15 of actual work and maybe an hour of drying time before I could apply. <3

  • I missed these on your first posting (and oh god, I am so behind on my blog reading right now DX ), but they are exquisite. I love them. You are really gonna break down my "but it takes so loooonnng" resistance on making fancy decals pretty soon.

  • Thank you very much Anne! I needed a magnifying glass for some of those little spaces, but it was so worth it!! <3

  • Holy crap. This is insane! The lines are so neat and crisp. I know you used a stamp, but you still had to get all those colors in those little spaces!

  • Oh I will have to go check that out!

  • Thank you very much Ali! I thought it would be complicated, but it came together so easily and the result even surprised me! So glad you loved it too! <3

  • Thank you sweetheart! I felt a little guilty recycling, but I just LOVED this one so much & did want anyone to potentially miss it. "The Ruby Thief" really is a stunner! I was worried it could be too sheer for my intended use, but it stepped right up in a single coat!! <3

  • Yes, it was wonderful to see this again and pour over it some more! You did an amazing job using many colors with intricate elements and yet it is overall so pleasingly combined! That ruby polish is a beauty on its own, but boy does it bring an extra special glow – and your stripes are so straight!! Well done you!

  • These are so amazingly balanced! The colors work so well together and I love the print and studs!

  • The Nail Smith (Millie)

    Oh, I've already gotten to play with it a bit (see my post from Thanksgiving) but OH THE POTENTIAL!

  • Thank you very much Mille sweetie~ You've got to try that Tribal plate after the holidays! <3

  • Thank you so much Anabel!! 🙂

  • Anabel Boyanova

    LOVE!

  • The Nail Smith (Millie)

    Karolyn, these are 100% STUNNING! Gives me some great ideas for using my tribal plate 😉 lol