Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Going Abstract With O.P.I

I must admit I didn't really know where I was going with this design. I saw something on @justagirlandhernails's Instagram where she had done a glitter fade with a stripe blocked out and sort of adapted that idea. I've been looking for new ways to use O.P.I ColorPaints so this seemed like a good chance to break them out again. 

I started with a white base and then blocked out a stripe in the middle of each nail using striping tape. If you're trying this remember to wait for the base to fully dry, I had to re-do two nails as when I pulled the tape off the semi-wet polish came away with it, oops! My trick is to use a thin layer of Seche Vite to dry the base colour faster. 
I added the ColorPaints polish either side of the centre stripe, trying to include a gradient away from the middle, unfortunately my nails aren't really wide enough to get much of a contrast. I used two polishes for this step, O.P.I - Primarily Yellow* and Turquoise Aesthetic*. 

It didn't quite turn out as I expected but weirdly I do like the end result. There's something pleasing about the contrast between the clean white stripe and messy polish surrounding it. I don't often do an abstract mani but the ColorPaints collection seem to bring them out of me!

What do you think? Would you wear this design?

Jo x

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