About the Design
I think there's just something about summer and being outdoors! Even though the weather is so much hotter, everyone is out of school and there are so many fun things that happen outside. Movies in parks, playing sports, running through the sprinkler, catching fireflies at dusk - it all remind me of lush, green grass. I wanted to do a fun, vibrant lawn-inspired manicure for this month's theme :D
The PolishesFirst I did one coat of China Glaze Bahamian Escape on all of my nails; it's probably my favorite sky blue polish in my collection! Then I used the corner of a makeup sponge with some thinned white polish to do some abstract, fluffily clouds. To add some depth I used a light grey to make the clouds look a little more realistic.
Then the grass! I used five different green China Glaze polishes - [name them here]. I used my various tapered liner brushes to do strokes and followed The Nailasaurus' Waterfall Nail Art Tutorial.
Which do I prefer?
Do I like the original or the new and improved version of this nail art idea better?! I definitely prefer the addition of the clouds on the newer one, and the fact that the grassy pieces done in the waterfall style have more contrast with the different polish finishes (shimmery neons! cremes! crellies!). I think the biggest change in my nail art since last year is my inclusion of polishes with different finishes - for my guest post I exclusively used cremes, but I think the inclusion of shimmer now and then really kicks things up a notch. I think the newer version looks more 'nail art-y' if that makes any sense, but that's not necessarily better or worse than the original. The original grass looks much more realistic!
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