We were able to choose 3-5 shades out do our own collection (and only striping tape or straight nail vinyls) and I chose five of my favorites. Marine, Tiffany, Honeydew, Bonbon, and Chillax. All blues and greens! I also arranged them in sort of a lightest to darkest order to create a subtle ombre effect. I hope you guys enjoy this progression of pics I took as I went :)
I started early by practicing on one of my old mani's. I knew immediately I wanted to do a design within a design. I decided on using striping tape to create blocks within a color block design.
Once I got my white base down on D-day (haha) I thought I might want to a alternate the direction of the internal blocks. Just because it want complicated enough!! Ha! I used my thumb to practice.
I laid out my color block first and then with different colored tape started my lines.
I filled in the squares I wanted and then removed the tape and cleaned up. This is what it looked like:
Then I added topcoat and let dry. When it was dry enough to tape over I laid out the color block lines again and then laid out the other diagonal.
After filling in again and cleaning up this is what it looked like. I decided to go with that on all my nails!
Here is the rest of the nails after phase one:
and then after phase 2 and glossy topcoat:
I was happy with them but thought the glossy glare took away some from the design. So I added my matte topcoat from PP called G'Day Matte (giggle!) and thought it much better, yes? It's not as matte as some of my others...more of a satin finish but I love it!
Here was my official pic I submitted showing all the polishes I used :) This was super fun and an honor to be one of the only 50 participants! At the time of posting this blog the winner has not been announced......WISH ME LUCK!!! I feel much better about these than the floral contest but there is some seriously insane talent out there-the competition is stiff!!!