Hey everyone! Get ready for my pièce de résistance! This time I have used Maniology’s new plate, Van Gogh’s Paint Brush M274*, to recreate a tiny version of the famous Starry Night Painting on my nails!
The technique I chose for this mani was to first stamp down the design in a subtle colour to use as a template and sponge the colours of the painting on top. Once the base of the nail was ‘painted’ (get it?) I then transferred the design again with a sticky black stamping polish and applied gold chrome powder to really add some sparkle! As usual I struggled with matte vs glossy so here I’ve shown both! Which do you prefer?
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- For this manicure, I started by applying a peel off base coat (UNT Ready for Takeoff)
- For my base I used a royal blue stamping polish, Whats Up Nails Jay for a Day*.
- To protect my cuticles throughout this mani I used a liquid latex, Bow Skin Protect.
- To act as a template for the next step, I stamped each nail with the part of the painting I wanted to show from the Maniology M274 Van Gogh’s Paint Brush Stamping Plate* with a navy blue stamping polish, MoYou London Midnight Madness, and the Whats Up Nails Jumbo Stamper.
- I then proceeded to sponge on white, blues and yellows over the template to match the approximate positioning of the colours in the painting. The goal was to cover up the stamped template completely. To apply precisely, I used small pieces of sponge torn from a gradient sponge/cosmetic wedge and tweezers. The polishes I used were Maniology Bam! White Stamping Polish, Zoya Walker*, Sally Hansen Water Color, Maniology Zinnia Stamping Polish* and Whats Up Nails Fab Cab Stamping Polish*. The method I used was to apply white first to all of the areas with any brightness to them to act as a base for any subsequent blues or yellows. From there I built up the colours I wanted with multiple layers! This really did feel like creating tiny little paintings.
- For the trees on the ring finger I opted to use a brush instead, the thin striping brush from Maniology’s December MXM* , and brown, green and black polishes (Maniology Annato Clay, Tree of Life and Straight Up Black). In a similar fashion, I gradually built up the colour I desired.
- Once I was happy with the background colours for all of the nails I used the Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat, followed by a glossy (Vibrant Vinyls Fast & Hard Quick Dry Glossy Top Coat) and a matte top coat (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Matte Top Coat). I chose to apply a matte top coat at this step to make sure the chrome powder I was about to use would only stick where I wanted it to.
- After my nails were mostly dry, I restamped all of the original painting outlines that were used as a template, but this time using a sticky black polish (Moyra Black Foil Stamping Polish).
- Immediately after, I gently pressed and buffed on a gold chrome powder (Maniology Sun Sign) onto the stamped designs.
- I finished off the mani by applying the Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat, followed by a glossy top coat, Vibrant Vinyls Fast & Hard Quick Dry Glossy Top Coat. I decided to take pictures of this mani both glossy and matte so I also applied a matte top coat, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Matte Top Coat.
While this design was super intensive to do, I think the results are so impressive! I am totally thrilled with my little masterpieces 🙂
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