Day 27 is inspired by Piet Mondrian’s “Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue” made in 1921. When this challenge was next, I knew immediately I wanted to use this piece.
It’s a fairly simple piece, but it has enough elements to make each nail differ and include different elements of the painting.
Let me say that some of my friends taking an Art History class were immediately done with me when they saw this. 🙂
I started off with two coats of Zoya Purity, then added a topcoat because I thought I would use guidelines for the black outlines. Instead, I outlined the lines using a toothpick, filled in the square, and finished with a final black outline. I used Zoya Livingston, Zoya Sia, and Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow to finish the primary colors.
I also made a slightly different version with just my ring finger and thumb with the pattern, and the rest in white. This style makes it a more wearable version, as the primary colors paired with the black and white really popped.
I really enjoyed this design, I hope you enjoyed it as much as me! It’s definitely one of my favorites ever!!
For this prompt, I decided to copy this arrow pattern I found online. Using a multitude of colors, this took a while, but I was pretty satisfied with the results.
I applied one coat of Zoya Purity, then I made a gradient using Zoya Purity and Zoya Charlotte, with Purity near the base of my nail and Charlotte at the tip. After adding a topcoat, I used striping tape to create the arrow shapes. I added yet another gradient, this time using, from the base of the nail to the tip, Zoya Sia, Wet n Wild Putting on Airs, Revlon Eclectic, and Sinful Colors Let’s Meet. I put on one last topcoat and that’s it! This took a longer time than usual, as I had to (impatiently ) wait for it to dry before adding the tape.
Day 25! This pattern is inspired by one of my shirts, shown below. This design is a simple recreation of the stripes.
Starting with two coats of Zoya Blu, I added a top coat. I then used Sinful Colors Let’s Meet to free hand the yellow section at the top of my third and fourth nails. Next I put on striping tape, making wide stripes. So I didn’t have an exact color to match the darker blue stripes, so I mixed two colors, Zoya Sia and Sinful Colors Sail La Vie, then dipped a cosmetic sponge into the mix, applying it onto the nail.
I like how the wide stripes turned out on the nails without the yellow block, but looking back I think I should make the stripes more narrow next time. Six more prompts in the challenge and I’ll be done!
The next prompt in the 31 Day Challenge is ‘Inspired by a Movie.’ So these nails are based on The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I’m not really sure why I chose to paint my nails based on this book, besides the fact that I’m writing a paper about it, but I decided to go ahead and do it and get in the spirit of my paper.
I painted two coats of Zoya Dove, followed by a topcoat so I could use acrylic paints to freehand the blood and city line. I then finished with another topcoat as acrylic dries with a matte finish.
I really liked these nails, I enjoy painting the drips, they are really easy to do and they have a cool effect. I’ll put some info below on The Jungle and that time period if anyone’s interested.
The Jungle is a novel written in 1906 by Upton Sinclair in order to expose the public to the unsanitary and horrible conditions that factory workers, usually immigrants, toiled through in the U.S. Sinclair wrote this book in order to convince his readers that Socialism will fix the corrupt political parties and dreadful working conditions. As a result of The Jungle, the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act were passed by the government.
I’m back with the 31 day challenge, hoping to finish it ASAP. This mani is inspired by The Little Mermaid, one of my favorite childhood movies. It’s a subtle take on Ariel’s fin, bra, and hair, as the three colors have the potential to easily clash. So I decided to take a more subtle approach and use the colors as a french tip.
Using Sephora’s Formula X Astronomical, I painted on two coats. Next I used Zoya Purity to freehand a white tip in order to make the colors really pop. I then free-handed the vibrant colors (Zoya Livingston, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, Sinful Colors Rise & Shine) over top the white tip.
I hope you liked this manicure, the next prompt is ‘Inspired by a Book.’