January 9, 2014

Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art

Today's challenge is to do something delicate, which I blame on Kirsten because this is one of her choices!! I am usually baffled by this prompt because I don't feel like a particularly ~delicate~ person. But I've finally taken the time to do some skittle'd freehand lace nails! These were a little more time consuming than normal, but I watched a fairly good movie while doing them so no complaints from me :) Read on to find out how I did these designs!

Manicurity | Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art - lace nails using Orly Ancient Jade

The main color of these nails is Orly's Ancient Jade. It's a really great medium minty-green, jade color (as the name implies). Why is it so great? Because the formula is so nice to work with! I only needed two coats for my pointer, pinkie, and thumb, and I didn't have to go back over the dots of my lace pattern on my middle and ring fingers.

Manicurity | Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art - lace nails using Orly Ancient Jade

Manicurity | Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art - lace nails using Orly Ancient Jade

My middle two nails were done using this tutorial from Rejoice Nail Art. These were really fun and easy to do compared to the teeny tiny line work on my other nails!! You paint your lace color as your base coat (for these I chose white). Then you do the negative space with a dotting tool - I used Orly Ancient Jade to match the other nails. Finally you do some fun blobby floral and pointy shapes on top and ta-dah! Lace! There's really not another step between the above dotty step and the below lace step, you just do some shapes and it magically looks like lace. I can definitely see myself using this technique again in the future to 'dress up' an older mani.

Manicurity | Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art - lace nails using Orly Ancient Jade

Manicurity | Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art - lace nails using Orly Ancient Jade

My pointer, pinkie and thumb were done with a needle-point dotting tool and some thin liner brushes. For these designs I followed these AMAZING tutorials from Cuteberry Nailsshe uses calligraphy pens and now I'm really interested in trying that out since it worked so well for her! The design on my pinkie was too intricate to do her way, so instead I blocked out everything with white polish and went back over it with Ancient Jade to create the negative space.

Manicurity | Freehand Lace Skittles Nail Art - lace nails using Orly Ancient Jade

Overall I'm pretty pleased with these! I'm not totally sure if I like the change in scale of the lace patterns between my predominantly white nails vs. the more jade nails but it was all really enjoyable to paint. Now don't forget to hop over to Geeky Owl and see what Kirsten did for today!

Have you done lace nails before? Have you used either of these methods I mentioned or do you have a different technique you want to share?!

11 comments:

  1. Such a pretty freehand lace skittle manicure! Orly Ancient Jade is one of my favorites too! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! I feel like we should make an Orly Ancient Jade fan club - it doesn't get enough love :P

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    1. Aw thanks for the super sweet comment Marieta!

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  3. These looks amazing! I always marvel at freehand lace nails - I've only tried it once and they turned out well- but I can't wait to try this technique - will save a lot of time!

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    1. Omg, thanks lady! Definitely try out the negative space technique and let me know how you like it - it's so quick and hard to mess up (i.e. my favorite kind of nail art). Next time I think I'll aim to make the 'dot's a lot smaller and see if my lace is more delicate that way :p

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  4. Pretty mani :) Love the freehand work...

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  5. Hee hee hee! But it turned out so wonderful! I love it!

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  6. These are soooo pretty! And I love that green base. :)

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  7. this works so well, and when did i miss the blog-makeover - you look so posh!! xx

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