Hello. (: Your nail art is very beautiful! I just had a couple questions for your 'Darker Valentine' that you painted. What colors did you use? And How did you clean up your cuticles so well with those dark of colors??
The colors I used can be found in my original blog post here. Anytime I post an image on Tumblr, it is always tied back to my Blogger blog, which contains all the details of the manicure. :)
The best way to keep your cuticles clean is to not get them polished on in the first place. It definitely takes a lot of practice to get to that point, but once you’re there, you’ll only be cleaning up a few small spots that take no time at all. Now that I’ve reached that point, I’ve also found it helpful to use a stiff, slanted paint brush dipped in acetone for my cleanup. Lots of girls have recommended using this technique, and it has been a godsend. Not only is it more precise than a Q-tip or correction pen, but it also gives you practice in your painting technique. Win win!
Couldn't help noticing how familiar your sunny backyard photo of the flatirons looked! I did the same thing this past weekend, probably just down the street! What a beautiful week its been in the foothills :) If you ever need more nails to paint, let me know, I LOVE your designs!
Oh great! We should get together sometime, do some nails. I’m always interested in how my designs would look on other nails, as I’m sure my hand would be steadier working on someone else.
Can you please do a design involving a cotton candy pink color? You do amazing work. Thanks. (:
A really soft, almost white pink? That’s one of my favorite colors to play around with, but I never know if people get bored of that color, so I don’t use it much. You gave me an excuse to use it more now though, pink-haters or not! Keep an eye out…something may just be around the corner…
I see you do a lot of nails with white tip. Which colors do you think look best with the white tip?
For white tipped manicures, I think it depends on your mood. There’s always the classic, tips with pink as a base. It’s a great way to accentuate the length of your nails, and makes every shape and skin color of hands look good. It’s just my personal opinion, but I prefer skinnier tips (similar to the width of tips I used here) to bigger tips. This is probably because my nail length can’t handle thick tips without looking gloppy.
If you’re looking for something besides the classic French manicure, definitely pair the white tip with a black, or near-black shade. Really deep reds and blues work wonderfully with white tips, and look a bit more ‘grown up’ than a hot pink under white. (That is an option though, and plays well with certain occasions.)
When you are pairing anything together, keep in mind the finish of the polishes you are using. Two creme polishes together work beautifully and finish nicely. As you start getting into shimmers, metallics and mattes, the way they’re paired becomes very important to the overall look of the manicures. Off-whites vs. whites vs. beiges should also be played around with.
That was an awesome question, and really made me think, so I hope this inspires you and others to try different combinations using white tips.