No secret I love matchy-match, and when I have a special occasion, I will do my best to match my nails to the very important outfit – this time, was the super pretty Essie dress from Chi Chi London.
Thing is, time wasn’t on my side. I had to travel to Brasil for one of my best friend’s wedding and the nail art would have to be quick and easy, but impactful: enter the tie-dye effect.
I very lucky to learn this technique from the fabulous nail extraordinaire Michelle Humphrey (check her out on Instagram – amazing stuff) and although mine are never going to be as good as hers, I am very happy with the results.
I painted a white base using GOSH’s new Snow White nail polish. Then using damp eyeshadow sponges, I dabbed Kiko 385, a lovely and versatile royal blue, Nails Inc Oxford, a pretty pastel blue, a Models Own black and a touch of Orly in Shine, a silver chrome.
To finish it off, I added the gorgeous Orly Prisma Gloss Silver, which gives a fantastic holographic pixie dust effect, but is also very handy at masking imperfections!
As usual, Seche Vite topcoat went to top to seal all the goodness.
I must admit I wasn’t very keen on the mani when I first did it. It wasn’t quite what I had envisaged – it ended up being more artist-gone-mad abstract blotches than tie-dye, to be honest. Black was very watery and turned a dirty grey (in fact this Models Own polish is awful); the distribution and white spaces were not quite to my liking.
It just felt a bit messy, and you know how I feel about messy. NO.
But as the days went by and some compliments came in, it really grew on me – a lot. And it did match the outfit rather well!