Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Manicure

The theme for Polish-aholics Anonymous' Manicure Monday was...


My first thoughts were less than enthusiastic when I found out this won the most votes.  I knew it would be messy, it would be my first shot at it, and I had no straws whatsoever to try it with.  Most of last week went by and I avoided it.  Then on Thursday I mustered up enough gumption to attempt.  I did it without a straw and used tape to block my skin from splatters.  Let's just say it didn't work at all.

I was discouraged & thought "no one will care/notice if I just don't do it this week."  Today arrived & I started looking at the incredible manicures that everyone else created.  I was in awe.  They were all amazing!

I figured I would give it one last shot & do an alternative French manicure with a splatter accent nail.
This manicure was not without its headaches, but it did turn out pretty nicely.  My biggest problem was that my base color, Sally Hansen's Sheer Nude, wouldn't dry.  When I went to use my french tip guides it pulled the polish off of my pinkie.  This meant that I had to freehand the tips, which is why they're a tad sloppy.  Overall, I'm quite pleased with how this turned out.

Have you ever done a splatter manicure?  What did you do to make it successful?


  1. I've never seen this technique until today and now I've seen it about 3 times! =P I am kind of curious about trying it out. :)

  2. That looks pretty!


  3. Nails by ScarsLikeLace- it's quite messy but you do get some pretty cool results. It's really fun too. Let me know if you give it a whirl!

    Iris- thank you:)

  4. That's a nice effect, with the accent nail, how is the splatter nail done?

  5. Splatter can be done 2 ways: with a thin straw or by creating stylized blobs. I chose the straw method (I did not have a straw so I used the ink cartridge in an empty pen & cut off both ends). First, you block your skin by applying tape around the nail for an easier clean-up. Next, you put a couple of drops of polish on an index card. Then, dip your straw in & blow through it with short strong puffs of air. Re-dip your straw after each blow.

    I should really do a tutorial on this, but mine really doesn't look like an authentic "splatter" manicure it actually resembles more of a messy water marble somehow. I know that there are some great tutorials for this on youtube and on other blogs in case my rambling made no sense:)

    Ellie, your blog & nail art are amazing! Keep up the great work, love:)

  6. Very cute splatter accent, I'm really loving that sheer nude color its pretty, that stinks it wouldn't dry.