Hey everyone! For the month of August I have decided to participate in a nail art challenge hosted by Bianka,@nbnailart. Bianka seems to host nail art challenges every month, also under the dedicated account @glamnailschallenge. I absolutely love the quality of the manis this girl creates, so I’m excited to participate in this latest challenge!
The sixth prompt for this challenge was Geode! Now that’s something I definitely haven’t done before! I am definitely on board with the crystal, marble and geode trends lately. I have actually been wanting to get into fluid art (acrylic pouring) to create geode-inspired paintings, but have still been gathering the supplies. So, doing geode-inspired nails is a good start, I think!
I really created this mani on the fly, trying new techniques and just hoping they would work. Luckily, everything pretty much worked out on the first try! No stamping this time though! Well, not really…
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
- For these geode/agate nails I decided to do a pink and white theme, so I painted all of my nails a nude pink (Zoya Joey) to start.
- To get the circular ringed look, I dropped four different shades of nail polish on top of each other, one at a time, in a puddle on a rigid plastic bag. It’s difficult to explain, but will be super obvious what I did in the tutorial video below. The shades I used were Zoya Joey, Mia, China Glaze White on White, and Nina Ultra Pro Big Spender.
- Once I felt my nail polish puddle had enough rings, I dipped my XL Clear Jelly Stamper from What’s Up nails into the puddle. This transferred the design onto the stamper, and depending on how I dipped in the stamper, it skewed the design differently so that I got a unique pattern each time. Before transferring onto the nail, I let the design dry. If you don’t do this, there’s a chance it could slide around on the nail and mess up the design you worked so hard for!
- Before transferring onto the nail, I applied a liquid latex (Edge Perfection Easy Peel Latex Barrier) to the cuticle to make clean up easier. I then transferred the design directly from the stamper on to the nail, and cleaned up the excess, and added a top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat).
- To add some sparkle to the center of the geode I added both a flaky iridescent polish (Essie Sparkle on Top) and an iridescent glitter (Creatology Iridescent Glitter from Michaels). For the polish, I used a small piece of sponge torn off of a cosmetic sponge wedge with tweezers to apply it, so that I could pack on the flakies without too much of the clear polish puddling on.
- For the electroplated-looking edge that I love so much on geodes these days, I painted the outer perimeter of my nails with a gold polish (Nina Ultra Pro Big Spender). Then using top coat, I also attached Gold Leaf (Craftsmart Premium Gold Flakes from Michaels) on top of the gold perimeter, to really give it some shine. This was tedious, but worth it! I also added a few small gold flakes to the sparkly center of each nail.
- I finished off the mani by applying my regular glossy top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat).
Boy, was that a lot of steps! However, I really enjoyed thinking outside the box to create this mani, and it totally paid off! These nails are so gorgeous, and really, so extra! I haven’t done a mani this extra since my epic Chanel-inspired nails!
Watch my video tutorial below to see how it was done!
Loving this mani? Check out my last mani for this August Glam Nails Challenge!