Hey there. Today is a rather heavy theme. For week 4 of Section 1 Back to basic contest, Joan from Tip Top South Africa has requested participants to wear black nails on all fingers except an accent for the ring finger. This is to create an awareness and to stand up against violence and rape done to women. There are so many victims already. We don't need more. Enough is enough.
Week 4 - Black Friday 'The Perfect Manicure' with accent design.
Description: Rock the perfect black manicure with an accent ring finger design.
My concept for the ring finger design is really simple. I wanted to depict the sorrow and pain women felt every time wrong is being done to them because rape and violence is no joke. The shattering of the heart shows the brokenness of the soul. The black lines shows the victims feeling trapped and oppressed by fear inflicted by the offender. The splatters represents the afflictions (physical and emotional) of the victims. Truth is, my depictions are only the surface. Only the Lord knows how much deeper the wounds of the wounded victims are.
I have used quite a number of techniques to achieve the final look for the ring finger. Among them were cling wrap technique, dotting and splatter.
I started off with two thin coats of Tip Top French Manicure White as a base colour. Then using the cling wrap method, I did a quick coat of thin black layer and cling wrap it. Followed by another thin coat of white. Then I used the cling wrap and dab a little of silver onto the nail. Using a stripper brush, I drew thin sharp lines in almost square shape to give a certain trapped feeling.
With the aid of the striper brush, I dot on small dots and forming them into a 3 quarter heart shape. Varied the sizes of the dots below the heart to give a feel of shattering heart. As for the splatter effects, I first used the brush splatter technique. But the splatters were too random and rather light as I need to thinned out the black in order for the brush splatter technique to take place. So, I cheat a little and used cling wrap for a controlled splatter effect. Lol!
List of polishes and tools used from left to right :
- Essence - Can't cheat on me
- Holika Holika - Black Polish (12)
- Tip Top South Africa - Tip Top French Manicure White
- Cling wrap
- DIY Stripper Brush
This manicure has left me really sad thinking about all those afflictions those victims of rape and violence has suffered. May the Lord comforts and aid those whose souls are in pain.