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Sunday, July 7, 2013

African Patterned - Nicole by OPI Tink Nail Art

Nicole by OPI's new Tink Collection celebrates everyone's favorite feisty fairy with a color palette that sizzles with all the heat of Tink's fury summer. Two colors jumped out at me immediately, and I used them to create this African patterned nail art.

I've never done an African inspired design before. When doing my searches I saw a lot of thin lines, triangles, chevrons, and dots. I did my best to try to capture the right "feel" in this look. I think the combination of colors helps solidify the idea, too.

I used three polishes in this nail art. The base is Nicole by OPI Half Charming/Half Alarming, a fiery red-orange that applied more like a jelly than a creme. I needed three coats. It's a really flattering shade on me, I wore it for a day alone before I added the pattern! The lime green is Nicole by OPI Sweet On Pete, a pretty creme shade with just a touch of dustiness to it. It worked nicely in the nail art, needing barely two coats for opacity over the red shade. The final touch was adding the detailing in black.




Of course I also tried the design mattified. I used OPI Matte Topcoat in this case. I was really pleased with the quality of it! It dries very matte, very quickly, and of course you get the benefit of OPI's awesome ProWide brush (my fav).




I'm pretty pleased with the way this design came out, and I especially love the red with the lime. While I like it matte, I think I prefer it glossy in this case. What do you think?

Nicole by OPI's Tink Collection is available beginning this month in select Walgreens locations. Each polish retails for $7.99.

34 comments:

  1. Wow, I adore these, they're absolutely flawless! The colours look fab together, the patterns are really intricate and so perfectly neat. <3
    I think I prefer it shiny but it looks lovely mattified too!

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  2. Stephanie GillespieJuly 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Stunning! Note to self *must try harder*

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  3. That is so WOW. I picked up Sweet on Pete and Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary, but I am going back after the darker red-orange Half-Charming Half-Alarming. It caught my eye at the store and now seeing your nail art, I really must have this pretty polish. I prefer the shiny to the matte look on this.

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  4. Be still my heart. Yowzah. I love it shiny, but like it both ways.

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  5. Too cute, I love those fairies

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  6. Stunning! I love the way those colors look together. I think I prefer this glossy over matte :)

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  7. I love this! You always do such a great job on your manis. I prefer it glossy, it pops more.

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  8. Dang this is a beautiful mani. I can't believe this is your first tribal design, it's flawless! I think I prefer it shiny :)

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  9. I love this so much!

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  10. This came out great! I really like it matte.

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  11. Gorgeous design and yes, I totally love these two colors together!!

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  12. LittleMonsterx14July 7, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    amazing!

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  13. Gillian from Plumeria19July 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    So gorgeous!! I like all the arrows in the design, I like it both matte and glossy equally :)

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  14. Wow! This looks incredible! I think I prefer them matte :)

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  15. Beautiful designs and colors! I love the contrast with the black lines. I think I'll try this nail art on my nails. BTW, I woul like to invite you to check out my new blog! It is really small and new, but I wanted to share it with you because you have been an inspiration for me! All your posts and photos are amazing! I hope you like it :) http://nailsden.blogspot.mx/

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  16. Loving the design. Definitely a fan of the shiny version!

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  17. Flawless <3

    I actually prefer it matte!

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  18. I love it matte - gives it a vintagey look! :)

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  19. it looks so perfect! i love it xx


    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  20. This is incredible. I personally love the matte!
    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com

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  21. Cute! Have to say I am not a fan of the Matte look though, I like it shiney best.

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  22. This is beyond beautiful! Love it with the glossy finish!

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  25. Such a fabulous desing! I love it!

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  26. I LOVE this colour! Reminds me of the limited edition Dior polish! Gorgeous!

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  27. This looks so great! I like it glossy. Nice job! ;)

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  28. Nailarts isn't about wasting time at
    your room to merely make your nails pretty. It's an art that worth to try :) so very beautiful nail art design :) more nail art design visit this website http://www.fastdry.imniches.com/

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