I decided to ease back into nail art with a technique I hadn't tried before, but that I hoped would be pretty easy: a splatter design. I've seen splatter nails around quite a bit and they always appear pretty straightforward, so how hard could they be, right?
Well, I didn't quite think things through, because while the actual splattering was super easy (dip a drinking straw into your polish bottle and then blow air through the straw onto your nails in short, quick bursts), the cleanup was... kind of a nightmare. I quickly taped off my cuticles before I started the process, so that helped a little bit, but I still spent about three times as long on the cleanup as I did on the actual manicure! I will definitely be using some peel-off base coat around my cuticles when I try this technique again.
Because, unpleasant cleaup aside, I really like how this turned out and will absolutely be using this technique again. Random and asymmetrical, but still cohesive—a great combination, in my opinion. And as I've demonstrated a few times before on this blog, I'm a sucker for black & white + one additional color, so. I was destined to love this, I think. The final design also looked nice with a shiny finish, if that's more your thing, but I felt like a matte finish was the way to go for these particular colors.
Here's what I used:
- Deborah Lippmann Video Killed the Radio Star
- China Glaze Snow
- Julep Cleopatra
- Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
Thanks for looking—I hope to be moving back toward a more regular posting schedule from this point forward!