November 4, 2013

Unpolished Malachite 3D Nail Art

This week on the blog the theme for nail art is alllll about rocks and minerals! Today I've got some sort of eccentric 3D nail art inspired by unpolished malachite. While polished malachite is beautiful with its random pattern of rings and shades of deep green, I was struck by how unusual and bumpy the exterior of it can be. Check these out!

Manicurity | Unpolished Malachite 3D Nail Art

Manicurity | Unpolished Malachite 3D Nail Art

Manicurity | Unpolished Malachite 3D Nail Art

Manicurity | Unpolished Malachite 3D Nail Art


To get this look, because I know you're dying to spot these almost witchy warty nails post-Halloween, it's not particularly challenging to do - just time consuming. I used rounded studs and bullion beads in different sizes to make a random, bumpy pattern on my nails. Then I used a thin coat of one of the Zoya Pixie Dusts over all the 3D pieces to add another level of texture [ps. I sort of wish I had done two coats to get a grittier texture].

For the green, I used CND's Green Scene and added some depth in the crevices with a black creme. Finally I topped it with a fair amount of quick dry to get a nice shine on the larger pieces! The hardest/longest part was just dealing with placing all the pieces and having to 're-wet' my nail with top coat.

How do you like my weird 3D unpolished malachite nail art?! A great start to rocks and mineral week or WHAT? Now check out the other nail arts below!



19 comments:

  1. WOAH! This is super cool! Great job =)

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    1. Thank you so much Emily!! It definitely is a "woah" nail art, really ridiculously over the top :)

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    1. Thanks so much Marisa!! I thought it was fun (for a few hours), lol

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  3. Ok these are so awesome! They remind me of when a gremlin gets water on it! :) But I love it!

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    1. HAHAHAHA, awesome Kirsten!! Thank you!! They are definitely a great idea for various costumes next Halloween. I've gotten lots of comments about them looking like bubbling slime and/or lab experiments :)

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  4. Certainly a weird manicure, but kind of amazing! I like it!

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    1. Ha, yes! Thank you!! I'm so happy that so many people are embracing these in a positive way. They ARE totally weird :p

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  5. How very creative!!! Love the rock theme and you out-did yourself with these!

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  6. I love that, it is so clever!

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  7. omg! this is such a weirdly awesome mani !!

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  8. OH EM GEE THIS IS FABULOUS!!!! I am completely floored and amazed by this super cool mani!!!!!! GREAT JOB!

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  9. OMG THIS! THIS TIMES INFINITY! But seriously.. how well did those actually hold up? And how did people react to them out in public?! Inquiring minds need to know!

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  10. SOOOOO creative! OMG that is wonderful idea! i appreciate your talent and creativity!

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  11. Sorry, great color but it looks like a disease

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