From the moment I saw the list of prompts for The Crumpet Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge, I knew what I was going to do for the prompt Indian. Why? Because every year Bria saves her money so she can get a henna tattoo at the state fair. When I think of India, I think of Bollywood, the women in their beautiful saris and intricate henna tattoos. By the manis posted in the challenge, it looks like I am not the only one! Here are my nail tattoos.
I love how these turned out, so there are several pics :)
If you don't know what henna tattoos are, they are "temporary tattoos" made using a paste of a botanical dye used to draw intricate designs on the skin. The paste is applied, dried and left on the skin for at least 4 hours causing a deep reddish brown staining. The longer you leave it on, the darker the staining. Traditionally it is an Eastern "feminine art" applied and worn by women on their hands and/or feet during ceremonial and celebratory occasions such as weddings and religious festivals.
I started with two coats of Julep Jennifer, a lovely sheer, pale nude that still has enough coverage in two coats to hide all the hideous nail stains (tee hee). This is more opaque and has a more delicate pink tone than my favorite nude, Avon Ballerina.
The next challenge was to find a polish to match that distinctive henna color. When I received my Mentality polishes I knew that Raucous would be perfect! Make sure you check back on Saturday for my Mentality haul/swatches. You don't want to miss it, as these are my new favorite indie polishes.
Now, I certainly couldn't get as intricate as the sample above, but I did try to get a lot of detail on those little canvas'. I went with a more traditional design that I found online....but I am not going to show it to you because I am pretty proud of this and don't want you making comparisons (tee hee).
I haven't been this happy with my nail art in awhile! I am always most pleased when I have succeeded (in my eyes) with my freehand skills.
I love how it not only has the right shade, but also, because of the matte quality, looks like the paste used. Alright, I will stop gushing!
Tell me what you think. Did I succeed, or do I have to high an opinion of these (tee hee). I love hearing your thoughts! And don't forget to check out all the different interpretations of "Indian".