May 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art?

 Nothing to Disclose 

This month the Digit-al Dozen theme is 'decades' and I've been taking you back in time this week to the 1930s (see my art deco nails here) and the 1950s (see my abstract red brushstroke nail art that looks like a Shirley Temple here). Today I'm moving on to the 1970s with some fun freehand floral-y nails. Check 'em out!

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

The Design

Did you know that the French Manicure was created by Jeff Pink, the man behind the brand Orly, in 1975? I knew that I had to do a funky frenchie for today's 1970s-inspired nail art - so I worked it into a freehand skittle set! I went with a sparkly neutral base topped with a floral crown on both my pinkie and pointer nails. For my ring and middle nail I looked to wallpaper prints to inspired some funky freehand patterns. The dot design on my ring nail is inspired by this; the floral one is inspired by this. And of course, a psychedelic sponged thumb nail with a peace sign really finishes this skittle set out - but in pastel shades that evoke the mod 1960s (and the cooler weather this week for me). Groovy, man! 

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

 The Polishes

This skittle set was more successful (IMO) than most of mine, probably because I so consistently used the same shades instead of 34205825 colors for each nail (what can I say? I like color and I have a lot of polish...). Let's talk base colors first: I used two coats of Cult Nails Mazo on my pointer and pinkie - a sheer-ish golden color with beautiful tiny golden flakie bits. On my ring finger I used Cult Nails Ms. Conduct, a one-coat dark taupe creme - it is divine. My middle finger got four (ugh, yes, four) coats of Lime Crime's Milky Ways - the perfect off-white creamy shade, but I am never patient enough to do 3 coats or less >.<

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

The Digit-al Dozen: Can You Dig This Freehand Seventies Skittle Set of Nail Art? Totally Groovy! Featuring a pastel floral french nail design and funky dot accent nail | Manicurity.com

For the color accents I used Color Club Almost Famous (yellow creme), Barry M Peach Melba (a peachy creme color with a surprisingly excellent formula), and Orly Ancient Jade (a minty-jade color that has enough of a white base that you'd think it's horrible to work with, but is surprisingly also awesome!). I also used Cult Nails Be Loco, a coral crelly-type finish, for the orange dots on my ring finger (the yellow ones are Color Club Almost Famous). Woof! Sounds like a lot but it was only a teeny bit of each thing here and there :)

Now don't forget to check out the other designs for today below!


Do me a solid and let me know in the comments if you think these are cool beans or not?! Catch you on the flip side (i.e. tomorrow) with some 90s nails!


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10 comments:

  1. That's a brilliant skittle design especially the black/orange/yellow one! (I can't remember the actual name for the finger...) Great overall combination - may give a skittle manicure a go. :)

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  2. I adore your ring finger! Great design with the perfect colors :-)

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  3. That ring finger is absolute 70s perfection!

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  4. This mani makes me want to wear a flower headband and lay in a field!

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  5. Love this so much - I think its my favourite of the week! :)

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  6. Oh my gosh! These are so amazing! Your middle and ring fingers are stunning!

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  7. I am all sorts of obsessed with these!

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  8. adore adore adore - especially the ring finger. No, the middle finger. No, the thumb. No all of them !

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