Hey all! The work week has come to a close; time for some R&R, no? :) A couple of days ago I got an anonymous message on Tumblr requesting a tropical nail design. It's freezing outside and the threat of snow is looming so I thought, why not? We could all use a nice warm vacation right now. Unfortunately, that won't be happening for me any time soon so the next best thing was to bring the fun to my nails :)
I immediately thought of palm trees and sunsets but I don't think that's really my thing, you know? :P So I went on COLOURlovers, a great site for palette and pattern inspiration, and found this fun colour palette. With that I created this hibiscus and tribal tropical design. I'm very pleased with how this one worked out. It involved a lot more detail than my usual looks but it was worth the extra time! :)
I started with American Apparel California Trooper on all of my nails. Using the polish brush from American Apparel The Valley I painted a little less than half of the nail near the cuticle. For the tribal print I added stripes of colour with the polish brushes from American Apparel Sunset Blvd and American Apparel Manila. I used a white striping polish for the designs and a dotting tool. For the hibiscus flowers I used a striping brush and American Apparel Sunset Blvd with American Apparel Malibu Green for the leaves.
Have you or will you be escaping to a tropical paradise? My last vacation was Christmas 2011 so I'm aching for a bit of sunshine and warmth. I'd love to read about your favourite vacation in the comments below :)