31 Day Challenge: Day 25 (Inspired By Fashion – McQueen Nails)
I can’t believe we’re at day 25 of the 31 Day Challenge, it’s going by so incredibly fast! Today’s nails are supposed to be inspired by fashion. My knowledge of fashion designers is rather limited so I was initially stumped on what to do for this manicure. Then my friend Jen showed me the “Baroque Angels” shoes by Alexander McQueen, and I knew what I had to do!
These are the shoes that inspired my manicure for today:
The detail on McQueen’s shoes is simply AMAZING! The nude toned base of the stockings is such a beautiful contrast to the silver-grey lace and the chromatic heels. I knew I had to try to make this into my mani for the day. Enough chit chat, it’s picture time! ♥
Day 25: Inspired By Fashion (Baroque Angels by Alexander McQueen)
I started out with two coats of Essie’s Brooch The Subject (beige nude creme) as my base polish and a thin coat of Seche Vite. I then took my m21 konad plate (yes, I finally have more than one stamping plate!! :-P) and used Pure Ice Kiss Me Here (grey creme) to stamp two separate images onto each nail. I stamped them close together so it would resemble the lace material on the heels. After that had dried I went back over each nail again with the m21 plate using China Glaze Millennium (platinum/chrome silver), slightly off center so I could create a bit of contrast. Finally, I took OPI’s Servin’ Up Sparkle and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City to do some very light sponging around the side and tip of each nail. Then I slapped on a final layer of SV and I was good to go!
I’m extremely happy with the way these turned out. It was like transferring the idea I had in my head almost 100% onto my nails. I think that the only way I could have improved this was if I had access to rhinestones.
Here’s a few macro shots for your viewing pleasure. I really love the contrast between the three colors. And I really wish I owned those shoes! I would immediately roll my ankle trying to walk in them, but it’d be totally worth it.
Bottle shots of the polishes I used. ^_^
I really enjoyed creating this look for the challenge! I’m saddened by the fact that the designer Alexander McQueen is no longer with us, but his fashion legacy and beautiful works of art will live on forever. ♥