Dainty and subtle, but interesting enough without being boring.
What I Used:
Pale mauve: AEngland Guinevere
Lilac foil: BarryM Lilac Foil Effects
MASH plate #40, swirls full nail design on the lower left side of the plate
How I Did It:
***No, I didn't forget to take photos this time. It was intentional. Like I mentioned earlier, I didn't plan on writing about it, but it turned out so well that I thought I'd share, anyway.
After applying your favorite base coat, pick a lilac accent nail. By accent nail, I mean the one that gets painted with the lilac foil as the base. I chose my ring finger for my left hand, and my index finger on my right. The asymmetry will make it look even more interesting. Trust. Next, paint on an opaque layer of the lilac foil for the lilac accent nail(s) and the pale mauve for the rest. Once dry, pick two of the pale mauve nails to stamp with. For my left, I picked my index and pinky, while the right got middle and pinky. (I would've picked a thumb for one but the image isn't a perfect fit, so no go.) Go ahead and stamp on the swirls design on the pale mauve nails using the lilac foil. Remember to rotate the stamp 180 degrees for the second nail to create visual interest. Then, taking your pale mauve, stamp on the same swirls design on to the lilac accent nails. Top everything with top coat and enjoy your handiwork!
The trick to inverse stamping is finding a creme that will stamp well. Once you've got that, finding a foil/metallic nail polish to complement it is easy peasy, seeing as metallics usually stamp very well.
I like to call these my 'non-accent accent nails' mostly because at first glance what looks to be the accent nails are the plain ol' pale mauve ones.
I've been playing around with the idea of inverse stamping for a while now, but it wasn't until I got my hands on the lilac foil that I immediately thought to pair it with Guinevere.
If you can find work appropriate creme shades that stamp well, I think this would be a great, not to mention subtle, way of wearing nail art even at work!
I was initially planning on stamping everything but I'm glad I didn't. Leaving a couple nails plain worked really well!
Yay for Hump Day! We've made it through halfway of the week, hurrah! Mine's sort of just starting seeing as I'll be 'working' all the way through Sunday. In fact, by the time you're reading this, I'll probably be sitting in a U-Haul van amidst a mountain of toys heading to the Metro Convention Centre. *fingers crossed* I don't throw my back this time, otherwise I'll be out of commission for the rest of the week. How's your week turning out? Do you prefer in your face nail art with bright colors and high contrasts? Or do you like to keep it tame and subtle with tone on tone color variations? Would you wear nail art to work?