Sunday, October 23, 2011

NotD - Gilded Neon Without Mole

Lots of holidays these days. I may have snickered when I found out about Mole Day, especially when I found the NMDF website (it looks a bit unintentionally ironic, no?). Since I don’t think I can pull off anything truly mole-y I thought I’d just mention it for the nerdy silliness. Mole Day is celebrated on October 23 between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM (the whole 6.02x10^23 thing) and in my time zone starts right this minute.
For this mani I found the basic combination of neon and glitter quite easily, it took a lot longer to figure out if I could do some subtle embellishment to take the mani a step away from just layering. Surprisingly my camera didn’t die of neonness this time, but it turned the polish way more green than it is.

Here’s what I used today:

  • China Glaze Nail Strengthener & Growth Formula
  • Astor Protection 3 Base Coat
  • Maybelline Colorama 51 French White
  • ArtDeco Ceramic Nail Lacquer 542
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 11 gold
  • essence colour&go 67 make it golden
  • Seche Vite

You know how this goes by now, right? I did my usual neon application tonight: one coat of each base coat, two of French White and some Seche Vite. After that was mostly dry I added two coats of 542 and more Seche Vite.

542 is a gorgeous, brilliant neon yellow, which gains a faint greenish hue the more it’s built up. Unlike most neons this didn’t dry to a matte finish. Like most neons this won’t build up to full opacity easily, two coats over an opaque white base are perfect.
I probably could have rocked this in one coat over white, because it was incredibly free of streaks. I chose to apply two for an even more intense colour. The formula was just amazing, not even China Glaze’s are that smooth. And for a mini 542 had an excellent brush, round and a bit short, but very supple.
I’ve had that for a while and grabbed it from a separate display, so I don’t know if it’s still available, but if you see it: highly recommended.

This is Ceramic Nail Lacquer 542 in two coats over a white base with Seche Vite:

I wanted to do something odd tonight, so I chose to make it a funky french with white and golden glitter.
First I applied a wavy white tip…

… and added some detailing with the golden liner.

This was followed up with a coat of make it golden and some Seche Vite.

BTW I did some bitching on twitter until I figured out that Avira Antivirus 2012 somehow doesn’t interact well with Blogger’s sidebars. If you have that wonky issue where all the elements from the right sidebars show up underneath the posts you may have to fiddle with the settings.

Wait a sec. I have gold, i.e. Au, neon, i.e. Ne, and nail polish is pure chemistry. I figure that counts as the chemistry connection. (And feel free to send me a mole of gold. Though I want to write mol every time. Curse you, English!)
How would you have done a mole-inspired design?

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