Friday, August 9, 2013

B&W Nail Art Challenge - Recreate Your Favorite

Today's challenge is one I've been looking forward to! The idea is to recreate someone else's nail art from one of the previous challenges during the Black and White challenge.

My nails are based on some that Glitter Me This did for geometric day. Her nails reminded me of some of Piet Mondrian's abstract work, so I thought it would be perfect to add color to.

While Mondrian's art may be mostly white with black lines, Glitter Me This did black with with lines, so I kept it like that. However, I added a pop of color since the twist to today's challenge is to add one color! I thought yellow or red would look nice, and it was a difficult decision, but I went with yellow.

I started off by painting each nail with one coat of China Glaze White on White. I then took striping tape and started marking off random squares and rectangles with it. I decided where I wanted to put Zoya Darcy first, and then filled in the rest with Pure Ice Black Rage. I carefully removed the tape strips one by one and then finished with a layer of topcoat. 

Once again, it didn't come out as clean as I had planned. The tape peeled up some of the white, even though I waited a long time for it to set. I had this problem earlier in the challenge for my own geometric nails, so perhaps White on White just isn't the best white polish for taping. But I'm still happy with how they turned out! I see all of the imperfections in these close-up photos, but I love how they appear on my nails in person - I don't see all the tiny flaws! 


  1. These are fabulous! Love them. :)

  2. In my experience with taping, I usually wait at least a few hours for the base to dry. Then I add my tape (mind, you I cheat a little and top off my base with seche vite!). I immediately pull my tape off as soon as I polish over the tape.
    My lines tend to come out perfect and crisp when I do it this way. Hopefully something I said will give you a tip for the next time you try striping tape!


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