Friday, 29 July 2016

ABC Challenge 'M': Marine magnetic nail art

Hello and welcome back to another instalment of the ABC Challenge! This week marks the halfway-point of the challenge, but it's not too late to join in - follow the link above to find out more.

For the letter 'M' I first decided to do something with magnetic nail polish, as I'm a huge fan of the 3D-like effect that it has. One of my own favourite designs so far has to be my emerald design, which I did for the letter 'E', where I used a dark green magnetic polish by Masura. In that post I mentioned that I also had a couple of other colours, and today I've used the dark blue one called 'Indian Night'.

Marine nail art with Masura magnetic polish | polilish

My initial plan was just to do a wave pattern - after I'd finished that, I realised I could add some marine life for an additional 'M' element! Read on for all the details, more photos, and the video tutorial.

I started out with this beautiful pale blue creme as my base colour - it's 'Meet Me in Montauk' by Cirque Colors. (And I'm now noticing that the name of this polish fits the 'M' prompt pretty well too!)

Cirque Colors 'Meet Me in Montauk' swatch | polilish
Cirque Colors 'Meet Me in Montauk' - 2 coats + top coat
As with all Cirque cremes I've tried out before, this has an amazing formula - it applies very smoothly and evens out effortlessly to form a glossy finish. Despite being such a pale colour, this only needed two coats for opacity.

Over that, I used wave-pattern vinyls by She Sells Seashells to create the 'ocean' part of this design. Here's the video tutorial.

'Indian Night' is gorgeous - not only does it have the bright blue shimmer where the magnet was positioned, it also has gold holographic shimmer scattered throughout. To match the gold shimmer, I used a gold stamping polish for the fish (Colour Alike 'Golden Queen'). The fish patterns are from MoYou London's Sailor 04 stamping plate.

Marine nail art with Masura magnetic polish | polilish

Marine nail art with Masura magnetic polish | polilish

Lastly, here's a photo of the manicure before I stamped on the fish. I thought it looked good like this, too.

Marine nail art with Masura magnetic polish | polilish

I hope you like this as much as I do! As usual I'll be back next Friday with my next design for the ABC Challenge. In the meantime, do check out all the other 'M' designs by following the links below.