Pinterest Inspired Nail Art Challenge Week 1: Straw Mani

by - Thursday, August 08, 2013

I'm doing a new challenge with some other lovely ladies based on ideas we find on pinterest. Exciting! For the first challenge Julia decided we would start with a straw mani based on this pin. (No credit to give unfortunately - if you know who this picture is originally from please let me know!) This was a pretty easy look to do, I love how it turned out!

When it came to choosing colours it was a nice coincidence that my August Julep box got delivered this morning. Easy enough, let's just use those! I guess you can use this as a preview for some of the colours I got this month, until I get the swatch post(s) up. :)

In theory, this look is easy to achieve. You paint a few layers of your base colour, wait for it to dry, and then dip the end of a straw into the colours you want to use and then stamp them on top of your base! Don't try to make them all look neat or the same, it's not going to happen. lol. I didn't let my base coat dry enough at first, so my first few 'stamps' smooshed a bit. Oops.

The base of this mani was three coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On. I then went through my design colours one at a time, using Julep Marjorie (the orange), Julep Nellie (the pink) and Julep Fiore (the brown). I love how these colours work together! Lovely! The whole thing is sealed with a coat of Seche Vite.

This kind of design isn't meant to look perfect, and it was actually pretty quick to do. Have you ever tried doing a straw mani??

These are the other lovelies doing this challenge:
Julie @ Beauty Fiends - Pinterest Inspired Nail Challenge Week 1
Nilda @ Nilda's TumblrBlumbr - Tumblr
Thanks for visiting!! xx

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  1. Never thought of using a straw as a stamp haha
    I love how those three colors look together!

    1. Me neither, until I was challenged to try it! Haha! And they really do! I'm so excited to swatch them individually.

  2. This is soooo difficult, lol! I tried - and failed - actually a couple of times, haha, I just can't get it right. No idea what I'm doing wrong, but seeing it's such a cute mani, I'll keep trying. I love yours!

    1. I found it difficult as long as I cared what they looked like... Like, at first I was like "this is going to be a disaster" because they weren't coming out clear or complete. But then I just gave up and went all-in and it turned out alright! Hahah.

      It helped to spread the polish out on paper into a spread-out glob instead of a circle glob, and after you dip the straw in blow through it so the polish just stays on the rim. I had to go over a few circles a few times/rotate the straw in circles a bit so I could get a full stamp. I vote you give it another try and see what happens! :D

    2. ooh, cool tips, thanks! I was really annoyed that all I got really were these blobs of colours instead of the desired circles.
      And accepting the end result just won't be perfect is a good approach too :)

    3. Honestly, I think with this look it's better if it's not perfect! It looks more fun that way. :)


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