Friday, October 7, 2011

31 Day Nail Art Challenge: Black and White Nails

These nails are inspired by Robin Moses. She did a video tutorial of this design a few weeks ago and I fell totally in love with it. I am a big fan of Japanese culture (check out my bento lunch blog sometime!) and this appealed to me right away for its impact and simplicity. Plus it is freakin' creepy! ZOMBIES a la manga artist Junji Ito. Check it out:

Right?! Amazing, huh??! The zombies turned out great, but part of the manicure that I did not expect to like so much are the other nails that I painted halfway with a really cool Forever 21 polish. We'll get to that in a second...

I started with a coat of LA Colors white polish. My Sally Hansen Insta-Dri white was all goopy, that's why I didn't use Whirlwind White. 

Isn't this the coolest glitter? Click on the picture to get a close look. I picked this up at Forever 21, not really understanding how awesome it was. I actually thought it had a black polish base with some sort of flakies in it, or confetti, not sure. Then when I used it in this manicure, I saw how cool it was. Tiny black glitter and larger round glitter suspended in a clear base. It is so awesome! Of course, it was a b*tch to remove, but that is the price we pay for glitter manis. 

Watching Robin's video, and using a few images I printed of Junji Ito's work on the internet, here are my versions of the zombies. I love this smiling girl. She's a freak!

My right hand turned out great too! (Sorry about the round shape of my thumbnail. I broke it doing housework before my mom and dad showed up for a visit. I will get it grown back out soon.) (Wow, what a boring explanation for a broken nail. I should have said that the zombies ate it! LOL)

Here they are together! I just love this manicure, and if I wasn't doing the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, I would so wear this for a few days. But I can always redo it. It is totally appropriate for the holiday season. Black Friday Zombies, anyone?? 

Polishes used in this manicure: LA Colors 561 White, Love and Beauty Black polish (I HATE how Forever 21 polishes are named. Wow, it's an amazing multi-size black glitter, and the best name they can come up with is "Black"??), Essie All In One Basecoat, and Seche Vite topcoat. 

Tomorrow is metallic nails! They should be fun. And I am trying to pick up a few bottles of Cult Nails Unicorn Puke right now (yes, I am up at 3am to do this) so WISH ME LUCK!