WIW 04.08-12: movie poster bonus nails

(The outfits that accompany these nails can be found on this wrap up thread!)

For the Movie Poster challenge, I got it in my head to change out my manicure for each outfit. At first I had plain solid colors planned... but then thought hey wouldn't it be fun to do a little extra? This turned out to be a very (borderline overly) ambitious plan, ladies! I did each manicure the night before; it was a really busy and tiring work week, and by the time I got around to doing the nails each night it was almost bed time and I was pretty wiped out. But I persevered, somehow, and am pretty happy with how everything turned out. Plus I got some extra nail art practice in, and got to try some new-to-me techniques.

Here are the details about each manicure; the movie inspiration background can be found in each day's dedicated post. I've also included a photo of the polishes that I used along with a "recipe" for each manicure, for anyone who's curious. As a tip, if you're going to attempt something similar I highly suggest getting a good cuticle oil because nail polish remover is super harsh and drying on both nails and skin. I use Burt's Bees "Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream" on the cuticle, around the nail bed, and on the nail itself (both with nails polished and not polished).

Day 1 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (inspiration discussed in the day's WIW post).
This was the simplest and most straightforward manicure of the week. Color and go!
* OPI clear base coat
* 2 coats Sally Hansen "Golden-I"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

Day 2 - Star Wars (inspiration discussed on the day's WIW post).
My original plan for this manicure was the blue base and the white star accent nails (which I should've used a thin brush for, the striper was tooooo thick), but once completed it didn't feel finished enough. So I decided to try a technique that I hadn't before, where you use a bit of make up sponge to dab polish on slowly to make a gradient (good tutorial here). I used a flake polish for the sponged bit, and did the sponging at the cuticle. It got a little tricky once I'd completed one hand since the flakes really caked on, so next time I'll cut two sponge bits and use one per hand. Unfortunately, this blue polish stained my nails even through the base coat!

Base (ALL, including accent):
* OPI clear base coat
* 1 coat Sinful Colors "Why Not"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

* 3-5 passes sponge gradient with Sally Hansen "Glass Slipper"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

* freehanded star with L.A. Colors Art Deco striper "White"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

Day 3 - Breakfast at Tiffany's (inspiration discussed on the day's WIW post).
This manicure's original plan called for taping off the blocked sections, so the lines would be really crisp. But I wasn't able to start it early enough to allow for the necessary dry time, even using a quick dry oil. So I decided to risk free-handing the color blocks which I have very little practice doing. The orange is called a "jelly" polish in the nail blogging world, which is a polish that is very sheer and needs many layers for full opacity if it can even get there at all. They can also be unforgiving to layer with because you can see the entire lower layer through it. I think this turned out alright freehanded, but certainly would've looked better if I'd given myself enough time to do the taping properly.

* OPI clear base coat
* 1 coat Sally Hansen "White On"
* Sinful colors Quick Dry oil

Blocks (freehanded):
* 2 coats OPI "Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?" (orange)
* 1 coat Sinful Colors "Ruby Ruby" (red)
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

Day 4 - Metropolis (inspiration discussed on the day's WIW post).
I had a more elaborate plan for this (a black-to-silver sponge gradient), but after a suuuuuper long day I was just too tired to do it. *looks around* I'll let you in on a little secret: I was too tired to even remove the previous manicure so I just painted right over the top!

Base (ALL, including accent):
* (previous day's manicure, but I'd normally use my OPI base coat)
* 1 coat Wet 'n Wild "Black Crème"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

* 1 coat Sally Hansen "Celeb City" (silver)
* freehanded stripes with L.A. Colors Art Deco striper "Black"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

Day 5 - Vertigo (inspiration discussed on the day's WIW post).
The most complicated manicure of the week, and happily I allowed myself enough time for it! Initially I was going to have it be just red with white stripes, but my taping skills aren't quite good enough so I used the black striper to "hide" the uneven tape lines, although I could've used a white striper and stuck to my original plan. The red polish here is actually full of sparkly little glass flecks, but I have the hardest time getting them to show up on camera!

* OPI clear base coat
* 1 coat Sally Hansen "White On"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

Red (do these ONE nail at a time):
* tape on the diagonal, blocking bottom half
* 1 coat OPI "The Spy Who Loved Me" (red)
* slowly remove tape

* freehanded with L.A. Colors Art Deco striper "Black"
* 1 coat Seche Vite clear top coat

After a week of changing up my nails, I was quite happy to be able to wear Friday's manicure for more than a day. In fact, they stayed on in perfect condition until the following Sunday. Although it was tough to muster the energy to change these daily, it was like a crash course in improving my nail skills. The one big takeaway, stylewise, that I got out of this is that I really enjoy coordinating my outfit with my nails. So I am going to try to pay more attention to that in the future.

Whew! Long post, hopefully some of you found it interesting/useful ^^ Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago
    These are all so cute! I love how each one is so original and I don't have to wonder which poster goes with which nails. So creative and inventive!
  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago
    Fun & creative. I admire your skills (from afar I might add).
  • rae replied 7 years ago
    Very fun - and so elaborate! At least to this nail novice. I need to try that top coat of yours. My polish usually lasts all of one day and then chips like crazy.
  • carolbee replied 7 years ago

    I admire your dedication and your dab hand. When I do my own polish I always end up with it on my cuticles. Rae that Seche Vite top coat is brilliant. Your nails are dry in about 10 minutes.

  • replied 7 years ago
    These are all so fun, and interesting to read about. I can't stand the feel of polish on my fingernails (When it is curing it feels like it is suffocating my fingers or pulling on my nails!) so I really enjoy seeing others wear it!
  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago
    I'm deeply impressed by this, and only wish I had the ability to wear polish with panache like you. I can only wear very light or transparent polish - anything else feels totally uncomfortable on me. But I love beautiful nails on others.
  • replied 7 years ago
    Wow! you should set up a sideline doing this, you are so skilled!
    fab interpretations for the movies.
  • sarah replied 7 years ago
    I simply cannot believe that you had the patience to pull this off especially with a hard work week. I'm terribly impressed.
  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago
    As someone who has extremely short nails and just doesn't bother with polish, I'm in awe of what you can do on your own. Gorgeous Aida.
  • Aida replied 7 years ago
    Thank you all for the lovely comments, glad you gals enjoyed this long-winded nail post ^^

    Rae, definitely check out this top coat. I get mine from a Sally Beauty Supply store, but I think you can find it at Target. It thickens up noticeably every quarter bottle of use or so, so you may also need a bottle of Seche Vite Restore to thin it out. A little pricier than most top coats but worth it for sure. It's SUPER duper glossy, and it'll also smooth out lumpy polish (!!) and make glitter polishes smooth smooth smooth on top (sometimes those need 2 coats though). And it has a great thick protectiveness, especially you wrap the tips; I can have manicures last a full week with this stuff, though if I'm being particularly rough on my hands in a particular week I'll do a touch-up topper coat mid way through. 10 minutes tops dry time, and you're then good for whatever the day brings. For serious :)

    Carolbee, thank you! It can be tough keeping the paint off cuticles. I usually push mine back/trim before doing a manicure, and then paint using the technique described on this page. It works quite nicely, especially if I don't rush it too much, though it takes some practice to get everything lined up nicely.

    Ceit, how interesting! I can't feel a thing on my nails, maybe they're too thick.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    Impressive effort and such beautiful results. However it would pain me to remove your artwork every night! Which I guess is reminder that life, art and beauty are all impermanent.

    My favorites are Star Wars (project 1) and Metropolis (4th effort).

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    A thoughtful insight, Denise. Although it may not last too long, the good thing about nail art is that it's often repeatable. The Mondrian-esque nails were the toughest to let go of after only a day, since they were hard to do AND I really loved the design. So I'll definitely give that one another go in the future! And, at the least, I've got the photos of these pretty little artworks :)

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