It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Nail of the Day” (NOTD for short). I haven’t wanted to do nail art for months now, mainly since I didn’t have the patience to spend a lot of time on my nails. As such, I wanted to do something different and use some of my polishes that haven’t gotten much love.
I had this mani done before I went to Cape Cod for Memorial Day weekend with my boyfriend and a few friends. It’s a lil belated since I’m no longer sporting this mani as of this post. Back to naked nails for the time being until I paint them again. 😛
I had also submitted this mani as a look for ipsy’s “Pastel Perfect with Zoya” contest, which I used a pic where I was holding the Zoya polish I got in May’s GlamBag. Sadly, I wasn’t one of the winners, but I had fun creating this mani. Below are the polishes that I used for this mani.
On the bottom, was Zoya Zuza. Initially, I planned on just painting my nails with just that. After painting two coats of it, I thought that I could spice it up by adding another color, which I thought of using Zoya Gei Gei since I had just gotten it in my May ipsy GlamBag as it’d be a perfect time to test it out.
I actually ended up getting two bottles of Gei Gei between my two May ipsy GlamBags, which I wasn’t too happy about. However, despite my disliking of pink, I have nothing like it in my collection, and I thought it’d be good for nail art. Using some painter’s tape, I taped a triangle onto my nails and painted Gei Gei on top.
As a result, since Gei Gei is so much lighter than Zuza, it took 3 coats for it to be completely covered. If I had gone the other way, I probably would have ended up with much crisper lines. I’ll admit that I got lazy when I did my right hand and just freehanded the tips. Though, not gonna lie, it was so much faster and it actually came out better. Go figure.
Because I didn’t have crisp lines, that’s where the the black striping polish came in to fill in those rough edges. Though, even if I did have crisp lines, I didn’t like how Zuza and Gei Gei looked together. I felt like something was missing and the mani would be incomplete without it.
The black definitely helped to make it look better, but it still felt incomplete to me, so that’s where the “studs” come in. For that I used essie Good as Gold with a dotting tool to put two dots on each nail. Once I did that, the mani was finally complete and I was satisfied with the result.
I’ve gotten a bunch of compliments on these nails, which makes me happy since it took me a while for me to get this mani to the point where I actually love it. If I were to do this mani again, I would use Gei Gei on the bottom since it took more than 3 coats to get it opaque when I put in on top of Zuza.
It was a spur of the moment, kind of mani, so I pretty much just went with the flow essentially. As a result, common sense in this case, went out the window. XD It’s always easier to go from light to dark, than from dark to light. I’m very happy how this came out and more will come in the future. 🙂 And I’ll end this post with a final picture of this mani.