Ever since doing my ocean scene nail art, I have been itching to do another coral design. I loved the way it turned out in that and wanted to do a design that just focused on the coral. Since I used different polishes with different finishes for this design, it ended up not quite having the same effect, but I think it still turned out pretty well.
This design uses all China Glaze On Safari colors. You can find my other On Safari nail art here and here.
I started with a base of China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. I am not sure how to describe this color. People keep calling it camel, which I guess is true, but is not the most helpful term for me personally in the abstract. I would say it's kind of a dusty honey mustard, maybe? I used two coats for the base here.
Then using a small striper brush, I freehanded on the coral branches in China Glaze Adventure Red-y, a standard cherry red creme. I used this in my On Safari fishtail look and really liked it both times I used it. It has a lot of pigmentation and applies well.
At this point, my coral branches looked kind of like blood vessels rather than coral (and maybe they still do), so I added some texture using China Glaze I Herd That. This is the other glitter in the collection, and it is similar in consistency and density to I'm Not Lion, which I used in my On Safari leopard print look. I truly love both of the glitters and see a lot of applications for them going forward.
I definitely visualized this manicure differently in my head, but I'm not unhappy with the results! The colors all seem to work nicely together to create a refined, if not realistic, color palette.
What do you guys think? Glittery coral, or blood vessels? *nervous laughter*
The China Glaze On Safari collection is available now at salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. Individual polishes retail for $7 MSRP.
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