Read on to see my list and find out which manicure got placed at #1!
#12: Neon Starfish (+ Tutorial)
I'm not sure why, but I'm always drawn to this manicure. Perhaps it's the full nail pattern on the neon yellow base? I don't use yellow as often as I'd like and it paired well with the little starfish buddies.
#11: Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore
I did this one alllll the way back in February as a collaboration on the style blog What I Wore. I love the mix of patterns and am still proud of the execution today!
#10: Inspired by a Book: The Missing Piece
This book has a lot of emotional significance for me, and I was pleased with the sketchy style that I was able to achieve with the black striper.
#09: Valentine's Owls
Everyone loves owls, and these little guys are just so friendly! Fun fact: this is my number one most stolen photo on Instagram.
What can I say, I love Pokemon!
Not gonna lie, I was pretty proud of the idea to make Ron Swanson out of bacon. I love the way the eggs turned out, too.
#06: Beauty and the Beach
The combination of the sandy accent nails, the baby starfish on the pointer, and successfully representing the reflections in the water made this one a winner for me.
#05: Ocean Scene
This one took forever but it was totally worth it.
I think the color combination in this one really pushed it up the list for me, and you can't go wrong with intricate damask swirls!
#03: The Eye of Sauron
I am so proud of the way the brushiness contributed to the look of Sauron's flaming eye, and c'mon, it's Lord of the Rings.
#02: Adventure Time
Maybe less impactful if you don't watch the show, but I put a lot of effort into this one and think I did well at capturing their cartoon essences!
#01: Blue and White China Floral
The intricate and delicate pattern plus the simple combination of two contrasting colors really made this one a favorite for me. It's hard to explain why it got the number one spot... I guess it's just a gut thing.
So there you have it! My top 12 favorite nail arts of 2012. Are there any that didn't make my cut that you guys would have chosen?
Best of wishes from Chowder and me to you and your families in 2013!