August 14, 2013

Digit-al Dozen: Milly Resort 2014 Technicolor Surfer Girl Nails

I am obsessed with the Milly by Michelle Smith Resort 2014 collection; there's not a thing I don't love!!  Originally, I was going to pick one of the many cool cut-out neoprene dresses with the more drippy painterly patterns, but I saw this mash up of a bold geometric black pattern x that crazy-awesome tropical print and new it had to be done. These are my favorite nails so far this week! And I proudly wasted lots of time freehanding those first two nails :) Check it out!

Manicurity | Milly Resort 2014 Technicolor Surfer Girl Nails
(left photo from Milly; found on the Cut)

Manicurity | Milly Resort 2014 Technicolor Surfer Girl Nails

Manicurity | Milly Resort 2014 Technicolor Surfer Girl Nails

Manicurity | Milly Resort 2014 Technicolor Surfer Girl Nails


For the first two fingers, I used my daintiest striper brush and some black acrylic paint and went to town freehanding tiny shapes! Then I sealed it in with top coat before layering matte top coat over it. Finally, I added a glossy black stripe down my middle finger to mimic the front seam of the black hexagon short sleeve blouse.

For my mish-mash tropical print inspired nails, I started with a base coat of 1 coat of China Glaze Bohemian Escape, which is a touch brighter than the real deal Racquel flare neoprene skirt. Then I used an assortment of polishes and the corners of wedge makeup sponges + some discarded eyeshadow sponge applicators to do an abstract print. I didn't top coat these nails because I like the subtle texture the sponges add to the overall look! In fact, I got some dents and sheet marks overnight, but I think it really adds to the idea that it's got movement and texture, like the folds of a skirt (yeah, I get a little artsy about my nail art sometimes).

Psst. I typically run my wedge makeup sponges through water and squeeze them out before doing gradients because I think it really helps get a smooooth movement of color, but I left all of my sponges dry for this manicure!

Don't forget to check out the other nails for today!


Can you believe it's Wednesday already?! This week and month are FLYING by!

28 comments:

  1. Stunning! Oh how I love this!!

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  2. Wow great inspiration to draw from! You did amazing on the nails :)

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    1. Totally! Her whole Resort line is filled with really beautiful, bright prints. Thank you so much Lisa!

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  3. You just nailed the whole thing! I am so impressed by your time-consuming first two fingers! Gorgeous!

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    1. Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you like the first two - definitely a labor of looooove :)

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  4. WOW! Your 'skirt nails' look beyond amazing! And the fact that you left the texture of the sponging makes it even more 3D and awesome! :D

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    1. Oh, thank you!! I'm so glad you like the spongey texture :D

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  5. Love the colorful ones... Perfect style! :D
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Love this! It would have been cool to see you do your thumb in a suede textured grey polish with a "peeptoe" cut out at the tip of your nail to incorporate the shoes! But the black is awesome too. :)

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    1. OMG! DUH! That would have been perrrrrrfect! If only you had been here to guide me :p

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  7. You recreated it beautifully! I love the matte vs. glossy :)

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    1. Yes, me too! There's just so much fun duality in this!! THANK you :D

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  8. This is so beautiful! You interpreted this so perfectly!! Your nails look freaking fabulous lady!! :)

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  9. This is gorgeous! It looks amazing on your nail shape :)

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    1. Thank you Heather! I feel a little self-conscious about my new nail shape because it's so different from my usual, so yay!

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  10. Wow! These are so perfect! Fabulous job!

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