I’m about to spend three days at a Magic: the Gathering event (Grand Prix Auckland) so I decided that some themed nails were in order. These are the colours of the five guilds featured in Return to Ravnica.
Thumb to pinky: Selesnya, Golgari, Rakdos, Izzet and Azorius.
Mode “Blingin’”, Orly “Wandering Vine”, China Glaze “Smoke and Ashes”, Bloom “Portia”, Bys “Love Boat”, California Colors #45.
Galaxy nails! Right now my nails look like OUTER SPACE and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. (Except needing a dotting tool smaller than my smallest, but I can work with that.)
I have seen a ton of tutorials and photos of these around, but in the end I followed the example of Chalkboard Nails.
I used Sally Hansen Black Out, L’Oreal High Tide, California Colours #45 (bright royal blue), Sally Hansen Ruby Sequin, Bys La Di Da, OPI Mummy Knows Best, Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money and Essie Shine of the Times.
I found to my astonishment that I don’t have any fine silvery glitter polish, so I dabbed on some Gem Crush Big Money (it’s VERY thick coverage so painting it on wasn’t an option) and some Shine of the Times for the small starts. I had to dab some black on over the top again because the colours were a weeeee bit bright, but it all evened out nicely in the end.
The end result is super pretty and it was easier than I thought - will definitely be doing this one again!
If I had brushes fine enough I’d be adding a tiny TARDIS or U.S.S. Enterprise.
Blue, green & gold
I wanted to try out my gold shatter, but couldn’t decide which shade to put under it - I was leaning towards blue or green but couldn’t decide which shade. So, I used ALL OF THE COLOURS.
This mani uses *deep breath* OPI Thanks a Windmillion, OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue, OPI Gold Shatter, Sally Hansen Jumping Jade, Australis Limited Edition 2, L’Oreal High Tide, California Colors #45, L.A. Colors Disco Brights [unnamed green], and Sports Girl Nail It! [unnamed teal].
I’m not sure the end effect was quite what I was after - the gold shatter wasn’t as thick or shatter-y as I imagined, but with a top coat (China Glaze Fast Forward topcoat) the shimmery wash of gold really popped, and I think I like the end result.
In-progress pics and tutorial under the cut.