Nails of the week: tie-dye in blue, black and silver

blue, black and silver nail art - somanylovelythings

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.

blue, black and silver nail art - somanylovelythings

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.

Chi Chi London Essie dress - somanylovelythings

The inpiration – Chi Chi London Essie dress, Pigalle 100 Christian Louboutin shoes and Lulu Guinness Eye clutch. Lipstick is MAC Russian Red


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!






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