August 07, 2014

Geometric Glacier

Geometric Glacier

This is my second entry for Nail It! Magazine's #TiniContest Round 1 that I mentioned in Iridescent Egypt.  Last time I did an iridescent design, so this time I did something inspired by glaciers.  I chose a geometric cutout pattern with textured glitter and polish.

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Sally Hansen Sugar Coat - Royal Icing
  • Bundle Monster Creative Art Lacquer - Angelic White
  • Kleancolor Textured 3D - Sugar Cravings
Other Supplies:
  • Masking tape (or painters tape)
  • Scissors
  • Base and top coats

This is a really easy design that you can do with any colors, or even a solid color.  Here's how to create the look:
  1. Cut triangles out of masking tape.  Take a 2-inch piece of tape, and cut along the diagonal to each corner (this gives you two stencils for each piece of tape). 
  2. Apply the tape so the flat side is towards the base, and the angle goes towards the tips.  Be sure to press the tape on really good so there won't be any leaks.
    Taped Nails
  3. Paint two coats of Angelic White to each nail.
    Painted White
  4. Paint 1-2 coats of Royal Icing to the section near the base of the nail.  I used two coats for a darker color, but one coat looks nice too.  The polish is a shimmery, textured blue with pink micro glitter...perfect for a glacial feel.
    Blue Base
  5. Let nails dry, and then remove the tape.  If some of the polish comes up when you pull the tape (this will happen if you take the tape off too early), carefully press it back down.
  6. If there was any bleeding into the cutout section, use a nail brush and acetone to fix the lines.
  7. Apply some textured bits from Sugar Craving to the blue area.
  8. If you want to keep the textured look, apply top coat only from the cutout section to the tips.  I applied top coat to the entire nail.  It loses the textured look, but the Sugar Craving glitter is a bit scratchy if it doesn't have top coat over it. 

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