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Saturday, September 1, 2012

31DC2012: Day 01, Red Nails

It's the first day of the 31 Day Challenge 2012! The theme is red nails. I thought I'd get a little fancier this time than last year and try to incorporate some nail art into the color challenge days. If you'd like to see what I did last year, you can find it here.

I chose to use a watercolor technique. You can find a tutorial for this effect on Beauty Geeks and on Rebecca Likes Nails. It's a pretty simple technique where you place dots of color over a base color, and then dab a large makeup brush dipped in acetone over the dots to create a watercolor effect. 

For this look, I used a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. The red watercolor color is Sally Hansen Insta Dri Rapid Red. To add a bit of flair, I put two accent rhinestones on both my ring finger and my thumb.

I've done watercolor nails before but I think this manicure turned out the best out of all of them. They key for me is not being afraid to use a good amount of acetone. I think I was a little skimpy on the acetone in the past so it didn't make the rings as effectively.

Day one: complete! Only 30 more to go... ;)

Here's a refresher on the prompts. You can grab your own version in my 31DC2012 intro post.


  1. These are so cool ! I never thought of just doing a single polish for the watercolour... oooh inspiration, inspiration !

  2. Looks like another thing to try! Can't wait!

  3. it´s beautifull!! i really want to try this technique out some time
    following u!!

  4. These are so pretty! Like rose petals on your nails. :)

  5. this is so pretty, i love it! came out great and i love the black rhinestone accents

  6. Love the little black rhinestones you used for the accents! I need to try watercoloring soon haha

  7. WOW!! It does look great!!!
    I LOVE IT!

  8. I am so excited to see a new take on the challenge~ beautiful manicure.

  9. Beautiful! The two rhinestones really pump up your already pretty watercolor nails.

  10. Some of it totally looks like lipstick kisses! Very cute =)

  11. It looks soooo pretty! Awesome :)

  12. so pretty:) interesting technique!

  13. o cool! i've never seen this technique before i def have to try!

  14. I just tried this effect out after i saw it on your blog! you can check out your inspiration here.

    Thanks for the beautiful nails!


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