Delightful Afternoon to all of you here! Today's inspiration comes from this lovely picture which features very simple design elements yet so stylish. I wish I could have incorporated the thinner lines in the design but my black polish, brushes and hand isn't co-operating. So I have here a simpler design featuring only two colours.
I would actually label these as work appropriate, but perhaps they aren't. I was planning on having all nails the same or all different designs but I showed my Mom the ring finger (which was the first successful one. pinky and thumb was unpainted yet. index and middle was failures), and conversation are as below:
Me: *shows finger* what do you think?
Mom: Oh! So cute!!
Me: (O.o) cute? which part of it is cute?
Mom: Urm...I don't know.. *giggles giggles* It's cute *giggles again*
Me: Haha, well.. I was planning to do all of them the same..
Mom: *Sad eyes* Then it won't be cute anymore..
Me: (.__.ll) I still don't get which part of it is cute...
Hahaha! In the end, I never found out the reason for it appearing cute in her eyes.. Lol. Anyway, I had more of mod-ish approach to this manicure in mind when I started, I went ahead with the idea preserving two 'cute accents' for this simple look as a tribute to the cute story behind it. =P
I started with two coats of very light grey polish as base for every nails. Using my nail art brush (it's just nylon brushes, really.. ) picking up black polish, I carefully draw thick vertical lines across the nails before going over with horizontal lines. Similar method for the ring and middle finger, except it's just a small portion on the nails. Oh also, since the core idea is to get those tiny squares, no need to worry if there're some that were a little out of shape. They still work. As you can see from my photos my squares aren't perfect but it's alright.
Hoho, and that's it for simple yet stylish manicure. It's a bit too bad I couldn't incorporate the finer lines. I wonder if acrylic would do the trick.. anyway I hope you have enjoyed this post and the little story behind this manicure.
Tools and nail polishes used (L to R) : Nail art brush, Max Factor Glossfinity Opal, Holika Holika Black.