Wednesday, September 05, 2012

31 Day Challenge - Day 5: Blue Nails

Hi everyone!

I'm so very excited to show you today's challenge mani!

The theme today is blue nails and I decided to try an ikat print design for the first time. And let me just say, this will NOT be the last time you see an ikat design from me! I really just fell in love with this print as a manicure.


The base colour for this design is Orly Snowcone, a beautiful cornflower blue. The rest of the design is done using Color Club Twiggie and two of the It's So Easy Stripe Rite Paints (black and white). These stripers worked really well for this design because the thin brushes allowed me to get those really fine brush strokes.


Because I'm so in love with this manicure, I'll be posting a step-by-step tutorial for this design as soon as possible. I hope that's something that you guys are interested in seeing!


You may have noticed that Rebecca also did an ikat print design for her Day 5 manicure. Shockingly, we were not in cahoots about this and we honestly had no idea that the other did ikat print! First we did similar mini fruit prints (her apple manicure and my orange manicure), and now this! It's a little eerie, no?

So that's it for Day 5!

I didn't want to remove this manicure at all, but tomorrow is violet themed nails and I have a cute stamping design to show you. I'll also be doing a double post tomorrow so stay tuned for both posts.

Five down, twenty-six to go!

28 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous!! I love doing this design as well, I was surprised how deceptively easy it was. Love these colors, they look perfect together!

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    1. That's one of my favourite things about this design! It looks rather complex, but the execution is actually rather easy!

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  2. I love this manicure. Snowcone is my favorite ORLY that I own. It's so beautiful.

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  3. This looks amazing!!!! It reminds me of a dress that I have.

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  4. This looks amazing. It's hard to believe you've done it freehand. Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks! It was actually a lot easier than it looks! :)

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  5. Can't wait for the step-by-step tutorial! I love this! Beautiful :)

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  6. Yay tutorial! I'm really interested in seeing how you did this =D

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  7. I did my very first ikat mani last night as well :) So fun!

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  8. I'm excited to see tutorial) Beautiful design!

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  9. I love love love this manicure! Great colors, and amazing detail. Way to go!

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  10. This looks great! It seems like a lot of people are going for the ikat manicure for the blue day today ;)

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  11. Fabulous job!!! I can't wait for the step by step!

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  12. This is really beautiful! I'm not surprised you love it!!

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  13. It's unreal that you and Rebecca did the same print.. but each look is different/unique! :) I love this and look forward to a tutorial from you!! :D

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  15. Wow this is really great. Any chance that you can 'warm up' your photos? I have a top end commercial graphic artist monitor that is well adjusted - but your photos always look blue here..your skin tone is very blue consistently. Love love to see you tweak your settings so the colours show up more true range. Might even be the lamp you are using for lighting?

    Completely agree, this is a nail design worth doing in a ton of different shades. So well done! Love to see the tutorial on how to do this one!

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    1. That's really strange, my photos show up completely true to life for me. I've also seen them on several other computers and they've never looked off to me. Hmmm.

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    2. I'm also really naturally pale/cool-toned and that's just genetics!

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  16. Looking forward to the tutorial!

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  17. can't wait for the tutorial !!!

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  18. Looks really cool, have to go to YT to find a tutorial!! :-)

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