Happy Friday! A whole while ago I bought a box of acrylic paints that were especially made for nail art. I haven't used it until today, because I am a total noob at free hand painting (and a not very talented one). However, I've been meaning to work on my nail art skills and because I am currently off from work and have a lot of free time on my hands, I pulled out that box o' paints and gave it a go.
It may not look like it, but my lemons were inspired by this Pink Lemon Nail Art tutorial. All I used was a dotting tool, a small detailing brush and a striper. The acrylic paints I used are by Jolifin and they are the best acrylic paints I have tried to far. They are thin, very opaque and water soluble. So when you mess up a design, you can simply take a cotton round soaked with water to remove your design without damaging the base polish underneath. Another nice thing about working with acrylic paints compared to nail polishes: you can "perfect" a line or any design by carefully scratching away excess paint with a toothpick. This only works when you've applied a layer of top coat over your base color, though. From my Jolifin box I used the colors lemon, cherry red, mint green, white and peach.
I admit my lemons look a bit poor. I tried to rescue them by outlining them with a peach color, but that didn't help much, lol. Oh well, at least I am happy with my cherries and straight stripes and like the overall look of this mani. My base color is OPI I Couldn't Bare Less!, which apparently was part of the Soft Shades collection 2015.
I Couldn't Bare Less! is an off-white creme polish with a matte finish. It is on the sheer side and I had to do three coats to get an even finish. The polish turned to a satin finish quickly, but it just did not want to dry completely on its own. After one hour (!) I could still dent it, so I applied one layer of HK Girl top coat. I do not know if it was the polish, the temperature (we had 30°C when I applied this) or my base coat (CND Ridge Out) that interfered with drying.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I wish you all a great weekend! I am off to the hair dresser now to get my pixie cut back into shape :)