Thursday, October 03, 2013

Pastel Unicorn

Hello! Today's nail art showcases yet another animal, but this time with a whimsical twist. An Instagram follower suggested I try painting a unicorn, so that's what I did! I've been using a lot of boring brown tones, so a unicorn seemed like the perfect opportunity to break out the pastels and have a bit of fun with colour. I'm pretty pleased with the finished result, and I'll be content wearing these for the next week, I think. I have a big midterm coming up that I am far from prepared for, plus Nuit Blanche is this Saturday! Are there any fellow Torontonians that are planning on checking out the art? :)

Moving back to the nail art, I was a little worried that the unicorn motif would read slightly too juvenile for a university student. I added 'realistic' florals on the bottom portion of my remaining nails to try to tone everything down. I think it helped out the situation, and I actually really like the florals on their own, especially the ones on my ring finger. I used a combination of roses, gardenias, lilacs, and hydrangeas for reference. 

Here is a series of progress photos that I took while painting the unicorn. I used a warm base of pastel yellow and pink, gradually adding cooler tones to shade. As you can see in the last step, I found that the jaw was way too skinny, so I simply painted over it and widened it out. Things change quite a bit while I'm working, but luckily I find that this style of painting is pretty forgiving and relatively easy to alter. 

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. I used the same order of colours for all of the major components: China Glaze Lemon Fizz, American Apparel Coney Island, American Apparel Flamingo, American Apparel French Lilac, American Apparel Santorini, American Apparel Violet Panache, and American Apparel Imperial Purple. For the gold details I used American Apparel Gold Flash. 

I know this is a little different from the norm, but I hope some aspects of this manicure appeal to everyone! Unicorn enthusiast or floral lover, I hope you enjoyed this nail art! See you next time!