Monday, February 3, 2014

Manicure Monday! Featuring Pink Saran Wrap Nails For Valentine's Day

Hello loves! For those of you who celebrate Lunar New Year, I hope everyone had a wonderful new year's celebration (and lots of red envelopes and good wishes!) But I hope everyone had a good weekend and are ready to start off the first week of February strong! Here is a nail idea I recently just found out about using Saran wrap.

I follow a couple of bloggers who just love doing their nails! They are wonderful ladies who have such creative ideas. Sammy from The Nailasaurus blog (link to her blog post here), created a gorgeous nail look using the Saran wrap method and I was so inspired to create one myself. In her blog, she mentioned xAmeliax's youtube tutorial for the nail look, so I headed over there and found out that the nail look wasn't as complicated as I initially thought it would be (xAmeliax's tutorial here!).

I think the Saran wrap method is such a different and unique nail look that is not hard to accomplish. All you need are your polishes and some Saran wrap (or plastic wrap works too!) It's quite a lot of fun and it's not too messy.

Products Used:
  • Base coat: Zoya: Gie Gie (review here)
  • Accent nail: Etude House Minnie XOXO: Pink Ribbon #4 (review here)
  • Saran nail color #1: Essie: Guilty Pleasures (review here)
  • Saran nail color #2: Sinful Colors: Snow Me White
  • Top Coat: Seche Vite: dry fast top coat
  • plastic wrap
  • cotton swab
  • nail polish remover

Steps to Get the Nail Look:
  1. Take as many coats as you need to reach your desired opacity for your base color. Allow enough time for your nails to dry completely.
  2. If you want an accent nail, you can paint that nail next. Glitter polishes look really nice for an accent nail.
  3. Have your little ball of Saran wrap ready!
  4. Paint a thin coat of the polish you want to Saran wrap with.
  5. Grab your little Saran wrap ball and start dabbing lightly on the polish while it's still wet. (First picture is what it looks like after I finished dabbing!)
  6. While your nail is still wet, add a second color and a little bit of the last color you used on your nails (Second picture is my random dotting method to apply the colors.)
  7. Start dabbing lightly with your Saran wrap again. If you feel like you want more of one color or another, just add little drops and dab and get it to how you desire. (Third picture is after I'm done with the dabbing.)
  8. Seal with top coat and clean up the edges with a cotton swab and nail polish remover.
  9. Finished!
When I look at the nails with the Saran wrap effect, I think of a field of flowers or a bunch of roses mingling/intertwining together. It looks like something you would see on canvas with watercolors. It's such a spontaneous and fun design where no two nails will look identical, but they will still blend together aimlessly.

Definitely a fun look to try and experiment with! Let me know if you've tried it before or will try it soon! Have a wonderful week lovelies!