I LOVE THIS. It took me a rather long time to get 'er done because A) I decided to make it hard on myself by mixing most of the colors instead of having enough//finding enough polishes to make all the steps in between (also yellow is totally the easiest polish to paint with, so that really helped ;)) and B) I watched a lot of TV in-between painting the stripes over and over, so it took longer than it needed to. I also very stupidly forgot to fast dry top coat my white base color before starting in on the stripes, so I really did have to wait a long time for it to dry. There's an ~official~ MrCandiipants tutorial for this here; if you've ever taken an art class, you probably would have done a tint and shades exercise like this. The whole idea is that you make all the steps totally equal in tone to get a nice smooth transition. Usually you start with your lightest and darkest color and mix the very middle shade, then work your way from the middle to either end again (and dividing it further with another 'middle' shade between the middle and lightest, and middle and darkest depending on how many stripes you want on your nail OR the number of boxes your teacher told you to paint in color theory class :p)
Anyhoo! I love this! It was well worth the time and effort and I definitely will be trying this idea again. Another thing I really adore about this is that by adding all of the extra stripes it isn't SO candy corn; it's not pigeon-holed as being just Halloween-y and works perfectly for this transition from summer to fall (or any time at all that you want to wear some cheerful colors). You can do this with striping tape (Missy, again, did an awesome job of that here) but I don't mind the 'painterly' look that comes with freehanding it - it's pretty cute in person (but very wonky in photos :/)
Now don't forget to check out the giveaway + the other Halloween nails below!
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