I am a WAH-nnabe
You guys know I'm a huge fan of nail art. Duh, right? I love wild and crazy nail art, I just don't have the chops to do it myself. All the freehand awesomeness I see round the blogosphere boggles my mind and I just bow down in worship to you ladies who can do it. I'm practicing more, and trying to get the hang of it. I even purchased a big set of nail art brushes to try to hone my skills. Hopefully I'll be able to show you some of those efforts soon, but for now I'm still using Konad to assist me with my nail art. I've used Konad and freehand together before, here in this palm tree mani. I find it a lot easier to get good results right now when I use Konad stamps as a sort of template. In the palm tree one, I used Konad for the clouds, then the tree itself, and then painted over it to make it look like complete freehand, and here I've done the same with the cupcakes, and more obviously so with the zebra stripes.
This manicure was inspired by one of my favorite sources of inspiration for nail art; a London-based nail art boutique that specializes in crazy and fun nails, and I am obsessed with their designs! This post of a manicure with "everything" is what inspired this particular manicure. I love WAH Nails use of off-the-wall designs, and the way they randomly seem to mix and match them. Four fingers with cupcakes and one with a carrot and a pea with faces; how amazing is that?! They are nail deities in my handbook.
For the Zebra Nails:
1) I used Orly Gumdrop to paint half of my index, middle and pinkie nail, using two coats. Then I used Nubar Pink Cream to do the other halves of those nails. I alternated sides, pink on the right side on one nail, on the left on the next.
2) I used Konad plate m57 and Konad Special Polish in Black to stamp on the Zebra design.
For the Ring Finger cupcake nails:
1) I painted my ring fingers with Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.
2) Using Bundle Monster plate bm14 I stamped on a cupcake in the center with a random white polish.
3) Using the same bm14 plate, I used Orly Gumdrop to stamp on the star design on the side of the nail.
4) I used Nubar Pink Cream and a dotting tool to fill the "icing" in on the cupcake.
5) I used OPI Malaga Wine and a dotting tool to make the cherry.
For the cupcake thumbs:
1) Using Orly Gumdrop, Nubar Pink Cream, and Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, I painted 1/3 of my nail with each color.
2) Using bm14 plate I stamped on a cupcake with white polish.
3) With China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, I filled in the "icing" with a dotting tool, and added the cherry again with OPI Malaga Wine.
4) Using my dotting tool I added blue dots to the mint, mint dots to the pink, and pink dots to the blue.
I topped the whole manicure with a coat of Seche Vite