Tuesday, September 17, 2013

31DC2013 Day 16 - Tribal Print

I am now a day behind  in the 31 Day Nail Challenge so today I would like to show you day 16 of the challenge which is 'tribal print'. I must confess that I always admire those who attempt tribal print nails. I happen to be unreasonably scared of trying them for myself, probably because I need lots of practice with freehand. I was tempted to do this challenge with stamping, but decided to be brave and try it freehand, so be nice to me :)

For my tribal print nails, I started out with a base of Zoya Neely (swatches below) and used acrylic paint to add the print. I cut one of my detail brushes down to practically nothing so that I could attempt the tiny detail. Unfortunately, I didn't give myself enough time to do a full manicure with the print, so I settled with just two accent nails. The rest of the nails are Zoya Bobbi to coordinate with the cranberry red of the print...

I actually really liked these on my nails, but looking at the photos I now see all the imperfections. Must stop looking so close... back away from your screens people, I promise it looks better ;)

My design was inspired by this image, although I decided to go with different colors, mostly because my acrylic paint supply is limited. I got through about the top half of the pattern before I ran out of nail space ;)

Some fresh swatches of Zoya Neely, because I looked at my previous ones and they were waaay to green. It is more of this soft mint green cream. Very pretty. The formula is very creamy, maybe a bit too thick, but I didn't have any problems with application. It provides full coverage in two coats. Swatches are with no top coat...

Swatch Details
Brand: Zoya
Collection: Lovely, Spring 2013
Color Name/Number: Neely, ZP655
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: No

Free of Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Let me know what you think of this! Have you attempted tribal print nails before?

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. This looks incredible! Definitely don't know which imperfections you're talking about, since to me this manicure is tribal perfection! Such a great use of print and color. I love it!

  2. BEAUTIFUL job! This is so crisp and neat!

  3. these look great! Don't be so hard on yourself!! :D

  4. Lindíssima!!!!
    Amei seu blog, espero que também goste do meu:

  5. This is such a great manicure! The design reminds me of a cozy sweater :)

  6. This looks amazing! I can't freehand one bit, so I give you props for this look.

  7. I looked close (sorry) and I thought you did a really good job! I tried tribal for the first time this challenge, it took me so much time.

  8. It's looks amazing! The details are great!

  9. I like Zoya Neely and I think that your tribal manicure is perfect! :-)

  10. You are all too sweet! I know I can be critical of myself, but aren't we all?

    Thank you all for your encouraging comments! They motive me to practice and build confidence with the small details! :D

  11. Great job! It's so good I thought it was a stamping.


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