Nails are so under-rated as far as being a fashion accessory and lets face it, neither aztec nor galaxy prints are leaving us anytime soon. Also, I’m totes obsessed with triangles. Thanks Alt-J. Just thanks.
The inspiration for today’s post is a little different as I wanted to fuse the two trends and have used the pic below as inspiration.
We’ve used a black and silver sparkle polish from Kangol in Atomic (R49 at Truworths), white from the Essence French Manicure kit (R39,95), a Revlon Buffer (at the time it was +/- R30), Revlon’s No Chip Top Coat (R99,95) and finally your good old trusty tape and scissors. I didn’t bother with a base coat this time since the buffer will help smooth and prepare my nails.
After buffing, I applied one coat of the white Essence polish. This was probably the most surprisingly pigmented white I’ve ever seen and I’ll definitely be rocking a white nail in summer. I then carried on with my business and even bought some doughnuts for the girls – really giving it enough time to dry 100%.
Then came the fun part. Tape, tape, tape- handy tape. I cut about 3 mm wide strips of tape and stuck them to create a “v” shape. You don’t have to be too perfect here because you can always go and neaten edges after.
Then I applied two coats of Kangol’s Atomic and let it dry completely. The best time for nail art is really while watching a movie you’ve either seen 10 times or one your friends/family/gent is really into, but you’re not all too fussed about.
Once dry completely, gently peel off the tape and neaten up any bits in the white that you want perfect and apply your topcoat. I like to apply my top coat while the last coat or finishing touches are drying to avoid air bubbles (my theory) and since I don’t really trust anything that claims to be quick drying- the more drying time, the less chance of effing it up later. Trust issues with products. You learn new things everyday about yourself, hey?
Finally, here are your finished nails:
Most importantly, once your nails are did make sure you do this to everyone you come across who asks you to move for the next two hours:
Cheerio galaxy/aztec-y dears