Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine half moons

I don't know what to call this manicure.  It's not really a half moon because it's shaped like a heart.  Maybe a heart shaped reverse french?  I saw this on Illamasqua's website a long time ago and wanted to recreate it.  Sadly, mine did not come out nearly as pretty as that one.

I started with a base of Orly Pure Porcelain.  PP is sheer, and I needed multiple coats to get it opaque and it's the only off-white shade I own.  Then I used red acrylic paint to draw in the heart shape as a pattern because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get sharp enough lines with polish without some sort of guideline.  Then I applied Zoya Carrie Ann over the acrylic paint and decided to top it with OPI Excuse Moi.  BTW - Carrie Ann is one of my FAV red polishes - it's a sparkly shimmery red that goes on like a dream.  The glitter from Excuse Moi blends in with the base color of CA so it's not terribly noticeable, and I didn't want to put numerous coats on so I settled for one.

Way too many coats on this one.  I'm waiting for my mani to just fall off from the sheer amount of product on my nails.  It's very Valentine-y and sparkly and I like it; but I'm dreading the day I have to remove it! ;-)


  1. Wow! Great minds think alike. I just finished doing a mani excatly like this but with black and pink! :) I also saw Illamasqua's original one and I copied it a few months ago which I named "Theatre Curtains" in homage to the Theatre of The Nameless collection! Lol! :)

  2. This is really cute!! Such a great idea!


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