Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Distressed Nails- Distressing Indeed

This may be the first manicure I've ever taken off almost immediately because I was so disappointed in how it turned out. I know, there's nothing really wrong with it, but it just didn't live up to the stellar original version by Chalkboard Nails. Sarah truly is a nail goddess and manages to make everything look bright and shiny and effortless. Back in reality land this was a little trickier than I had anticipated. I couldn't get the black to drag quite right and my base colors didn't pop enough for my taste. Looking back at the pictures I think it really was fine and I'm definitely too picky and hard on myself. It's a true saying that we're our own worst critics.

Distressed Nails Inspired by Chalkboard Nails

Distressed Nails Inspired by Chalkboard Nails

I won't go into all the details about the technique here. Sarah did an excellent tutorial so there's not much more to say that she didn't cover already. I will tell you what I used though. I started with two coats of LA Colors white polish. The purple is Dream On by Sinful Colors, pink is Hey Baby from the Gwen Stefani collection by OPI and the blue is Mar-zi-panna from Spoiled. I used Wet n Wild Black Creme for the black. 

I think I learned a few things from this first attempt. I perhaps wiped off a bit too much of the polish for the three base colors and ended up going back over it too many times which led to small bits of patchy color. It really could use more bigger blocks to get the brightness without becoming so muddled. I might also try some different kinds of black polish for the distressing to see if I can find one that more easily gives the proper amount of coverage. Some nails ended up with a bit too much, but that could also have been my technique. I look forward to practicing because I really do love this look.

Distressed Nails Inspired by Chalkboard Nails

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