This mani is from last weekend. My family went to a local Renaissance festival and I wanted to do my nails in a whimsical/fantasy style to go along with the setting. I ended up going with dragon scales on a black base.
I started off with one coat of Sinful Colors – Black on Black. It was important to me, for this mani, to use a one – coater as a base, because there would be quite a few layers involved. I waited a few minutes for the black to dry a bit then did two coats of Sinful Colors – Green Ocean. Green Ocean is a must-have flakey that adds amazing blue and green iridescent flecks and it looks really spectacular over black! I used a coat of Seche Vite to aid in the drying time.
Once dry, I began stamping on the scale pattern. I stamped with China Glaze – Deviantly Daring & Rare and Radiant as well as M Polish – Bells of Ireland and Starflower. I use Bundle Monsyer plate BM-XL08 for the scales. To get a multi-color look, I dropped several colors of nail polish on the image and then scraped:
I did this same thing for each nail and each one turned out slightly different, which was awesome because each time my nails caught the light, different color facets showed up.
I gave my stamping a couple of minutes to dry and then put on my top coat to seal it all in and aid in drying time!
Here is a close up macro shot:
- Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
- Sinful Colors – Black on Black
- Sinful Colors – Green Ocean
- China Glaze – Deviantly Daring
- China Glaze – Rare and Radiant
- M Polish – Bells of Ireland
- M Polish – Starflower
- Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
I loved how these came out so hard. With the flakey underneath and the multi-chrome stamping they had so much dimension and flash, gah! Super beautiful! Sadly, both my daughter and niece took one look at them and said “OoOoh! Pretty mermaid nails” – what do kids know anyway!?