|2. Next step is putting down the base colour. |
People always tell me that they "can't even paint [their nails] in one colour" and
this picture is to show you: I can't either.
|3. But since I know how to clean them up, I don't even care.|
Tip: a flat brush (like an angled eyeliner brush) and nail polish remover can go a
long way! If you don't have a brush, a Q-tip also works well.
|5. Most of the design for this mani consists of dots.|
|6. Dots over dots over dots.|
|7. Things like this can get quite messy, so I like to go in with the base |
colour again and clear the design up a bit.
|9. Next up is the figure of a girl standing in the water.|
As this is the most complex part of this mani, I wanted to get her out of the way.
First: I did a rough sketch of the figure in gold.
|10. Then I painted in the top of her dress again in dark blue, to give her a sharper outline.|
|11. Next, I went back to the hair, switching between blue and gold, trying to get the shading right and to give the hair more volume.|
|12. The last step was to set her outline, by putting in the dots symbolising the |
water around her body.
|13. Top Coat. And another nail done.|
|14. Now that she is out of the way, we are going back to painting dots.|
|15. And even more dots.|
|16. Basically, aaaall the dots. Even in different sizes!|
|17. In between and at the end, I switch between the gold and the dark blue to clean the design up a bit. To make some dots more round and to let others who ended up in the wrong spot, vanish completely.|
|20. All the utensils I used for this design!|
That is: 100% Acetone, a stamper that I use as a pallet (because it's cheap and easy to clean), gold and dark blue nail polish, quick dry top coat, base coat and nail polish remover pads to clean the stamper. And in the front, you can see my clean-up brush with my detail brush behind it.
I'm fascinated by the amount of effort and skill that goes into this process! Thanks again for sharing, Demet. Check out Demet's Instagram here for the stunning finished product. You can also find Demet on Twitter @books_polished.