Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Pastel Mosaic


Hello! Here is today's manicure! I've wanted to do something like this for a while. I used:

This photo has made me realise how messy and polish-covered all my bottles are, oops. 

I began by painting all my nails with two coats of Utopia, the nude shade. Once fully dry, I then concentrated on my accent nail (which is only on one hand...!) I drew a random shatter-pattern using my white nail-art pen by Barry M. I then used the pastel yellow, blue and green to carefully fill in each shape. I just used the brush in the bottle for this, as it didn't need to be fully exact. Once these were dry (I used fast-drying topcoat to speed this up) I used the white nail-art pen again to go over my lines, which hid any imperfections and make the sections more separated. 

I thought the rest of my nails looked a little plain, so I decided to use the pastel colours again to create a slight gradient on the tips. Last time I did a gradient with pastels, I tried to focus it just on the tips of my nails, but because I was using three colours it didn't really work that way! This time, with only using one other colour with the base colour, I was able to achieve the 'tip' gradient quite well! As usual, I used a make-up sponge for this, and alternated the colours from the mosaic pattern on all my tips. 

I really like how these have turned out, and when I have more time I'd like to try this mosaic look on all my fingers, I reckon it could look really striking! Also, the gradient is more apparent in real life, the pics seemed to fade it somewhat! More pics, right hand with accent nail:


left hand, all gradienty:



9 comments:

  1. I love this design! The colours work so well together for the mosaic! I love the gradient on the tips too! :)

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  2. The mosaic nail is wonderful.

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  3. I just tried doing a mosaic nail....total disaster, as the colours were a bit too dark & too similar. I think I'll use a very thin brush next time too, as the brush in the polishes were a bit too fat.

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    1. Keep trying! And make sure you get a nail-art pen cos they are fab :-D xxx

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  4. So pretty! Really love how the mosaic looks :D really impressive and I wanna try it out now!

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  5. oooh I love this!!I would love to do mosaic nail but im not so good at intricate designs! think I will give it a go though cos it looks awesome!!:-)xx

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    1. Oooh do try it, it's not too hard really.... I am rubbish at being artistic and can only draw lines/shapes, which is fine for a design like this! The Barry M pens are awesome too if you don't already have one xx

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  6. Looks beautiful, I love the gradient tips!!

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