Sunday, September 29, 2013

31DC2013 Day 29: Inspired by the Supernatural (Phoenix Feathers)

The 31 Day Challenge is drawing to a close, and today's prompt is "inspired by the supernatural." This prompt usually stumps me a bit...if you'll recall, last year I ended up doing Edward from Twilight. LOL. Double LOL. This year I wanted to do something a little less silly, and thought it would be fun to tackle a phoenix.

I tried to create a feathery look by using a thin striper brush to apply the polish.  I used multiple layers here for a more natural, blended look between the three main colors. I concentrated the yellow at the tips because that's where fire is the most intense!

This look was built over a black base. The red shade is China Glaze Velvet Bow, a deep rich red. The orange is China Glaze Bend Over Backwards, which actually mixed with the red in some spots and added shimmer. The yellow is China Glaze Happy Go Lucky -- my go-to yellow shade.

For the final touches, I added some floating bits of black ash and Sephora by OPI 18K It's Real gold leaf topcoat. I think these small details really sell this nail art!

Overall, I'm surprised how well this turned out! I was just winging it the whole time and that doesn't always turn out so hot. DOUBLE PUN INTENDED! This manicure is also special to me because I live in Phoenix, Arizona. :)

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  1. Lucy from Lucy's StashSeptember 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Very beautiful. love the little details!

  2. Amazing ! Evoques me lava or explosion of a volcano ... ;)

  3. the ash and the gold do it. oh wow

  4. This looks amazing! I love the detail :)

  5. I LOVE this! Eva is right. The ash and gold really do make it even more spectacular!

  6. This is stunning and so very cool!

  7. This is gorgeous! The gold flecks are a beautiful touch :) I love the blended look of the "fire" too!

  8. Your nail art skills are amazing! These look lovely :)


  9. This is so amazing!!! It actually looks like feathers, it's really beautiful Sarah!

  10. You're so talented!! Looks amazing xox

  11. wow this is so gorgeous!

  12. This is really hot! I love this design so much <3

  13. I agree, the bits of ash and gold flecks set this off! Nice!


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