June 27, 2014

Maleficent Nail Art

Maleficent Nail Art

I originally created this design for the release of the new Maleficent movie featuring Angelina Jolie.  I'm a huge movie buff, and a Disney fanatic (obviously, since I happened to have this Sleeping Beauty light box on hand), so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a movie mani.  I've been doing a lot of them for the summer with so many good movies coming out.

If you haven't seen Maleficent yet, I highly recommend it.  It was a great twist on the traditional Sleeping Beauty story.
nail polish
Polish Used:
  • Wet N Wild Shine Nail Color - Black Crème
  • Piggy Polish - Sub-Lime
  • Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat Nail Polish - Ink Splatter
  • KLEANCOLOR Nail Lacquer - Chunky Holo Black
Other Supplies:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Nail brush
  • Base and top coat
  • Pin
Maleficent's clothes are black and purple, and she has green skin and turns into green fire, so that is the color palette I tried to incorporate.  Here's how to create the look:
  1. Paint the base colors. I'm using Wet N Wild Black on all fingers except the pinky.  It is a cheap black polish that covers well and dries pretty fast.  It is my staple black.  For the pinky, I'm using Sub-Lime by Piggy Polish.  It is almost neon green and has an iridescent quality.
  2. Paint Maleficent and the dragon using a very fine nail brush.  I'm using acrylic paint for this because it is a little easier to handle and control.  When painting detailed designs, I find nail polish gets a bit gummy if you take too long. 
  3. Next paint the green flames.  To do this, paint a thick coat of black polish on the nail.  IMMEDIATELY after, while the black polish is still wet, add a dollop of green across the tip.  Using a pin, drag the green polish up the nail in curved patterns to look like flames.  If you want some of the black to show through the green as I did, press a little harder and be sure to drag from the very tip. 
  4. Add a coat of black crackle polish to the pinky.  The green will show through the cracks to be more of a highlight color. 
  5. Finally, add some glitter to the thumb.  I wanted to keep the thumb pretty neutral as far as the design, so I just added a few coats of Chunky Holo Black by Kleancolor.  The glitter has blue, red, and green tones, so it matched the color scheme of the rest of the mani without standing out too much.
Maleficent Nail Art

Here you can see a closer shot of Maleficent's face.  It is a little smudgy since my canvas was so small...I have pretty short nails.  But from far away it looks amazing.

Maleficent Nail Art

I used a flash here so you could see the iridescent green flames a little better.  In the right lighting they look like they are glowing.

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