Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm A Proud Little Monster!

My sister and I are going to see...*drumroll please*...Lady Gaga in concert tomorrow!! 

I'm so excited! It feels like we've had these tickets forever and finally it's almost here! I can't wait to see all the crazy outfits of the concert go-ers and, of course, Lady Gaga herself. It's only fitting I do a special manicure for the event! After marbling my roommate's nails for the renaissance faire (that is shown in the Huzzah! post) I really wanted to try that technique for myself. What a mess I made through the whole process. I love the results though. Enjoy!

So, starting at the beginning or, I guess, the bottom really: My toes:
These started with two coats of China Glaze White on White. Then, I used Orly Glitz & Glamour to create a star (hopefully that is what you thought it was!) in the corner. Then, I alternated Kiss Brush On Nail Art in black and Essence Silver Surfer to create pinstripes. Finally, I outlined my star in Color Club Art Club in Sky Blue and painted one coat of Orly Won't Chip on each nail. I wish I had the skills and steady hand for writing "Monster" diagonally near each star in red. I think that would have looked cool.  

Next, my fingernails! Geez, I made such a mess (pictures later in the post) trying to do these. That's ok though. After all the cotton balls and Qtips I used were in the trash and all the acetone I breathed in had cleared...they didn't end up looking too bad. Oh yeah, since all the nails were different I decided to photograph them all. Of course, since I don't have 3 arms I ended up using my webcam and just holding my hands up to it. It worked but I feel like I messed up the quality of the picture or something. Eh, oh well-the nails looked ok and that's all I cared about!
For this little monster design: I used Orly Liquid Vinyl and China Glaze White on White to marble. See me discuss my first attempt at water marbling here. After cleaning the extra polish off literally half of each my fingers, I traced a line in the marble with Essence Silver Surfer for some extra oomf (not that they really needed it).

Since marbling is still something new to me, I tried all kinds of different combinations before choosing black and white for Gaga's concert. Take a look at these "experimental" marblings! For the middle finger on my right hand I knew I used Orly Liquid Vinyl, China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, and Orly Viridian Vinyl.  I'm sad I can't remember them all though, some ended up looking really cool!
The right hand had mostly been cleaned up already but see, I wasn't lying when I said I made a huge mess! K, that's all for now, I'm going to go pack my outfit for Gaga!!

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Nik! Love the marbling effect!!! I am going to try it. Do you think I could handle it? CANT WAIT FOR THE CONCERT!!!


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