Monday, April 15, 2013

Cutouts & Camouflage

Welcome to the start of a new work week! My first exam is this Thursday, so life is starting to get slightly more hectic. I'm going to keep working hard to keep the blog running though, and next week will bring an exciting new announcement ;) For now, you'll have to settle for this army green manicure that I'm actually quite fond of. I combined camouflage print, cutouts, and glitter into this design. I didn't have an entirely concrete plan going into this one, so I was worried about cohesiveness, but it all worked out in the end!

Initially I wasn't a huge fan of the camo print trend, but then I saw these nails by the talented Emma of Globe & Nail earlier this year. The less structured blend of colours really caught my eye and the design's been in the back of my mind since then. I finally decided to try it out and I love the result! I really like it paired with the nude cutouts, and the olive green microglitter in the gradient and the print really helped to tie everything together.

I started with American Apparel Army Jacket and for the cutout nails I used American Apparel Dance. For the camo print I removed most of the polish from the brush, and swiped on random patches of colour with American Apparel Hunter, American Apparel Gold Flash, OPI You Don't Know Jacques, Essie Navigate Her, and Nubar Meadow Sparkle for the glitter. I outlined the cutouts with a striping brush and filled them in with American Apparel Army Jacket, further outlining the cross with American Apparel Gold Flash. For the gradient I applied one ring of loose hex glitter around the halfmoon using top coat and a dotting tool. Then I applied Nubar Meadow Sparkle to extend the gradient, finishing it off with another ring of loose hex glitter and a few individual pieces placed closer to the tip.

I hope you like these as much as I do! I might do a tutorial for the glitter gradient halfmoons next time I try them out :)



  1. Good luck with your exam! I absolutely love this!!

  2. It's wonderful! I really enjoy looking at those skittle manis!