Friday, 3 October 2014

Nail Challenge: Autumn Leaves

Hey Lovelies!
Day two of the nail challenge: Autumn

I started with a base of Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine 'Mustard', I applied two coats for full opacity and it dried pretty quickly. However, the consistency was terrible-no matter how much I shook the polish, the colour didn't seem to mix in. It applied with a brown streak, which I mostly got rid of but it would have still been visible if I didn't apply my gradient over the top.
Step One: Paint Base
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One coat of Sally Hansen 'Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat' - £1.50 from Fragrance Direct
- Two coats of Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine 'Mustard' - £3.99 from Boots/Superdrug
Gradient with Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine 'Chilli' - £3.99 from Boots/Superdrug
- Leaves with Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine 'Cocoa' - £3.99 from Boots/Superdrug
- One coat of Glisten and Glow (HK Girl) 'Fast Drying a Super Shiny Clear Topcoat' - £6.55 from Rainbow Connection 

A makeup sponge with a flat side was used to create a gradient on my nails, I applied Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in 'Mustard' and 'Chilli' to the sponge, slightly overlapping the two colours, I then pressed the excess off onto a kitchen towel. The gradient was then applied by gently pressing the sponge to the nail, to build up the colour. 
Chilli applied really nicely over the top of Mustard, and I really like the rich autumn red of the polish!
Step Two: Apply Gradient with Makeup Sponge
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I used a clean older thin eyeliner brush and some nail polish remover to gently remove any mess on the nails and a cotton bud to remove any excess polish on my fingers.
Step Three: Remove Mess
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I then used a really thin line brush and Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine 'Cocoa' to draw in the leaves, they were pretty easy to do, each leaf consisted of a rounded bottom, and points. Pretty self-explanatory.
Step Four: Carefully Draw Leaves in with Thin Line Brush
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