Day 27: Inspired By Artwork

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.

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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!!

Dry Brush Technique

Just a quick post today. I’ve been so laden down with homework I almost forgot to post today!

This is a mani I did using the dry brush technique. If you’re not familiar with it, you start with a base color, then using a new color, you take off as much polish off the brush as possible then swipe haphazardly onto the nail – pretty easy, and looks pretty cool.

I used a base color of Wet n Wild Red Red, and Revlon Siren and Sinful Colors Let’s Meet for the dry brushing.

Day 24: Inspired by a Book

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.

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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.

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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.

Day 23: Inspired by a Movie

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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.’

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Wet n Wild Red Red

First off, what is up with this name? Red Red, that’s strange.

This is a pretty cheap brand of polish, so I was pretty impressed. Red Red is a bright red, leaning pink, that needed two coats for full coverage, no topcoat below. It definitely lives up to the Wildshine brand expectations. However the formula was a little thin and hard to control, which can become an issue since reds tend to stain easily. Taking this polish off was a pain, it left pink stains on my cuticles which took a few days to come off.

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Anyway, this polish lives up to expectations and I’m happy with it.

Happy New Year everyone!