Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Taste the Rainbow

June's theme for The Nail Challenge Collaborative is neon!  Now I have to be honest, I am not a neon person.  Not work appropriate...I tend towards the more vampy stuff....difficult to photograph....the list goes on.  When I saw the theme I thought about sitting this month out.  However, the whole reason I participate in challenges is to get myself out of my comfort zone and try new things, so I decided to jump in with both feet...or hands in this case.  You know what that meant?  Yep, new polishes added to my stash!

I happened to "have" to go to Sally Beauty shortly after the theme was announced and Finger Paints were on sale.  I don't own a whole lot of this brand, but at $3.75 a bottle, I figured I couldn't miss.

When Bria saw all the bright bottles lined up in a row I knew my first mani would have to be on her nails.  We did some searching through my Pin files.  As soon as she saw Crumpet's Barry M Gelly rainbow gradient, it was all over, the decision was Made with a capital M.  Want to see the original post that inspired this mani?  Sure ya do!  Check it HERE.  

I have to warn you...there are going to be a lot of pics!  Why?  Not only was Bria "oooh"ing and "ahhh"ing over this for the rest of the day, I actually ended up liking them myself.  Not something that I would wear on my nails, but that is what I have a teenage daughter for, right?!?!

I started with one coat of Sally Hansen White Out to get a nice pop of color from the neons.  Next I painted each nail halfway with two different colors.  After that was dry I went back and sponged with both colors striped on my sponge.  I sponged it a couple of times, drying in between, until I got the look I wanted.  I never quite got the gradient to work on that pinky, but I think that is because the blue was the only non neon, non Finger Paint that I used.  Gotta go back to Sally's and see if I can find a neon blue.

Here are the colors I used:
  • Thumb:  Finger Paints Iconic Orange - Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe
  • Index:  Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe - Sally Hansen Lightening
  • Middle:  Sally Hansen Lightening - Finger Paints Sunscreen Green
  • Ring:  Finger Paints Sunscreen Green - Orly Shockwave
  • Pinky:  Orly Shockwave - Finger Paints Pop Art Purple

Next I stamped with Konad Special White and DRK-B.  This is a new plate for me and I have to say I was very happy with the quality of this stamp.  Thought I would show you the whole plate so you could get a sense of all the lovely and fun images.

Although Crumpet's mani was stamped with black, I showed Bria a sample on my polish pebbles with black AND white and she chose white.

Whenever I do a new mani for Bria, I always ask what her friends think.  With this one she just looked at me, smiled and said, "Taste the rainbow".  Guess they looked like Skittles (tee hee).  One last photo and I'm done.

I was playing around in Photoshop and created this.  Kinda proud of this image :)  Should I make it my new header image?  As always, thanks for looking!