Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Radiant Orchid Nail Art

In honor of Pantone's color of the year for 2014 I've got some Radiant Orchid nail art for you today. I found this gorgeous orchid polish recently and I couldn't resist getting in on this trend. So what is Pantone and why should anyone care? According to Wikipedia Pantone started in the 50's as a printing shop but they're best known for their Pantone Matching System (PMS) which is a system for standardizing colors so that you can be sure you're getting the same hue across all different kinds of inks and equipment. The college bookstore I work at often uses PMS when choosing ink for t-shirts if the shade needs to be exact (aka school colors). I've always heard PMS thrown around, but never knew the history. Doing your nails can totally make you smarter!

I went with a more abstract interpretation with two of the fingers resembling petals. Here's what I used on each nail to create my Radiant Orchids.

Orchid Nail- two coats of Wet n Wild, Through the Grapevine
Gold Nails- two coats of LA Colors, Deluxe with Victoria's Secret, Runway Angel on the tips
Petals- two coats of LA Colors white polish and one coat of Wet n Wild, 2% Milk to soften the white a little. I used a makeup sponge to sponge on a light layer of Through the Grapevine concentrating on the tips. I went back with a cleanup brush and erased a thin line of the purple at the tips to make a more realistic petal. I drew on the veins with TTG and a tiny nail art brush. Next I mixed a few drops of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Expres-so Yellow and Wet n Wild, The Gold & the Beautiful and sponged that onto the base of the nail. Last I added small dots using my nail art brush with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Brick Wall for the center of the orchid.

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