|Indoors, Artificial lighting|
This is an idea I have had since I first really started my polish obsession a few months ago, although I have to say I was a little afraid to try it since I have historically been somewhat bad at free-painting tips. I think it turned out fairly well though! This is actually my second attempt at this mani.. more to come on that story a bit later though, haha.
|Indoors, natural lighting lamp|
For these nails, I used NailTek as a base coat and then added two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On for the white. I then added a coat of Seche Vite over the white (something I decided to try after the first attempt; more to come) and over that used two coats of OPI Brights Power, the orange (and it is indeed very bright). After another coat of Seche, I finished off with two coats of Nicole by OPI One Voice for the yellow tips, and topped it all off with a final coat of Seche! I think these nails are fun and festive, and I got a lot of great compliments on them!
|Mmm, candy corn!|
Overall I was very pleased with this (second attempt) manicure. My lines were fairly decent and it really looks like candy corn on the nails! There were a couple of faint streaks of color that got on the white, which I was a bit unhappy with, but nothing very noticeable in person, I think. After a couple of days wearing these, I decided that a coat of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure would look pretty awesome on top, and it turns out I was totally right - in my opinion! :)
|Outdoors, partial shade - look at that shine!|
You can see that there was some tip wear, almost like the polish shrank up a bit. I wonder if some of that is because by this point I had something like thirteen (!!) coats of polish on my tips... yikes! But it was a really fun mani and I enjoyed it a lot.
|First attempt - looks okay, but really thick|
As for the first attempt, which you can see above... I added colors in the opposite direction, starting with yellow and ending with white - since white tips are classic I thought I would try that first. This caused some problems for me, since the yellow took three coats to be opaque, and the white was a bit thick. By the end I had a totally gross thick goopy mess on my tips. Also, the white tips yellowed quite a bit and there was more significant color streaking (neither of which is quite as obvious in this particular photo), which is why I decided to add the top coat in between colors. I was debating whether to leave it a bit or try it again when I got a HUGE smudge in what I thought were fairly dry nails, and then wet polish started oozing out.. yuck. So I took it off and switched the order and it looked great! Much less gloopy build-up and actually, with my nail shape, I think looked a bit more like real candy corn with yellow at the tips.
Have you ever tried a candy corn mani? Do you even like candy corn? I have noticed that it is one of those love it or hate it things. My dad and I love it, and I think everybody else in my family is not such a fan. Maybe I should take some over to my parent's house and share some of my bag with Dad, since I doubt they will buy any over there... :)
To see another great candy corn mani, and to see a tutorial, you can head on over to BABBLING BROOKE.
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