I love where you can find inspiration, especially when it comes to nail designs. I am a big fan of TheFingerNailFixer, she is a CND Master/Ambassador and all around Shellac/Nail Guru. A month or so ago she did a tutorial on the ‘drip technique’ for Shellac.
A Piece of Forever, Jacob’s Protection, Alice Had a Vision – Again, Edward’s Love
That leads me to finding the color combo for this technique. I was perusing Shoppers about 3 weeks ago and came across Essence The Twilight Sage Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 collection. I had tweeted a picture of the collection and then went about purchasing some items; yes, at times I am a 13 year old girl. They had a gorgeous selection of eye shadow pigments and I knew at that point they would be perfect for doing the drip technique. They were all in the same color family and I would get to call them my Twilight Nails! (Insert Fandom Girl Squeal)
The pigments on are filled with glitter and A Piece of Forever and Edward’s Love are easily the worst for fallout, but since I wasn’t using them as shadow I wasn’t too worried.
A Piece of Forever – a gorgeous gold with chunks of glitter. If you used as a shadow I highly recommend using a mixing medium to lessen the fallout and get a high impact and pigmented look.
Jacob’s Protection – it is a mixture of a deep blue and green, it could be the glitter that throws me off as to pin pointing the exact color down. Either way I love this color and is one I wouldn’t mind using as a shadow.
Alice Had a Vision – Again – this is a rich, deep plum purple. I find it is a little hard to swatch and work with and while the fallout isn’t an issue I would still use a mixing medium if you were gonna do an eye look with it.
Edward’s Love – hello rainbow glitter! The color is… taupe, grey, lilac with uber glitter chunks. Fall out is crazy, use a mixing medium otherwise the color payoff will be next to nothing and you will be trying to get glitter off your face. However, I guess if you wanted to look more like a vampire from Meyer’s ‘verse than leave the glitter??
Here is a link to TheFingerNailFixer’s drip technique video if you wanted to see it.
A huge thank you to my girlfriend who was willing to take a portion of her evening and come be a hand model so I could play and try this technique for the first time. I loved how the nails turned out but I must say, getting a picture of the technique was brutal. I always end up taking a boatload of pictures (10-15) but because I used darker colors getting a picture of the effect was tricky. A messy application as well as the shadow’s fallout made for a bit of a mess (I don’t find that problem when I use the CND Additives).
The next time I do this look (and I will do it again) I am definitely going to take a makeup cloth and wipe it super clean as the lateral walls are messy from the pigments. Even with the isopropyl alcohol I found it tricky to remove all that darn fallout.
All in all I love the look and am definitely going to keep playing. You could even use this as a base for some gorgeous galaxy nails.
If you’ve done this technique or got it done on yourself I would love to see a picture of your fingers and a little self promotion… if you want to come in and get this Shellac design done, let me know!