Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Week 22: Splatter Mani

Catch up post! Today I have the Splatter Mani for Week 22 of the 52 Week Challenge. I was a little hesitant about this one since it's the first I've done, but I finally scrounged up enough straws from random vendors I felt I could get it done.

purple splatter mani
Week 22: Splatter Mani
I used some new colors I purchased during a local beauty store sale, and I'm glad I did. Its much easier to use new colors in nail art or in mani's like this. I think I'm going to pull a Chalkboard Nails move and show colors through nail art or manicures. My swatches suck and you can find much better ones through google. I'm still learning my niche in this blogging world ...

purple splatter mani
Week 22: Splatter Mani


Polishes Used (in order of use):
1. Orly Decades of Dysfunction (base)
2. Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Loves Me Not
3. Orly Steel My Heart
4. Wet n Wild Fastdry Buffy the Violet Slayer
5. Orly You're Blushing
6. Orly Love Each Other


Words to the Wise:
  1. Use a medium sized straw to get the best polish splatter, too small and you won't have much polish to blow, large straw and it'll spray everywhere.
  2. Cover a MUCH larger area to work on than you think you need. Then cover more. This polish will blow EVERYWHERE.
  3. No rules. If you want more of a certain color but you've already used it, who cares, go back and add it again. I did. (Can you see a difference in one of the nails between the two pictures? Which do you like better?)
  4. Cover your skin to help in clean up. You can use tape, liquid bandaid (I tried it, not bad, but expensive considering it wasn't better than the other two methods), or vaseline. Vaseline is my favorite because it protects, it's easy to wipe away, and it moisturizes while you work! It will, however, warm up to your skin temp and start spreading out, so don't take too long to work. Tape, however, is quicker since you don't have to keep wiping and cleaning and washing to get it off your skin.
  5. Apply the skin protection after your basecoat color. Apply a quick dry top coat after to help speed things along. Don't worry about clean up yet because you'll just have to do it again.
  6. Quick, hard blows work best rather than longer, slower ones. (Bwahaha)
  7. If your polish isn't spraying well, considering dipping your straw in acetone and then your drop of polish to thin it a bit.
  8. Make sure you keep track of what end of the straw you're putting polish on and what end you're mouth is touching. Don't get mixed up!
  9. You can go back as many times as you need to get the coverage you want. If you find yourself needing to go back two or three times with the same color (I did, not a big deal) don't drop a ton of polish on your dish because it will dry out quickly. Keep adding a drop here and there as needed so you don't waste polish.
If you have any questions let me know. This was totally fun and I'm already planning on doing it again.

Any recommendations or suggestions for myself and everyone out there?



17 comments:

  1. First off: Greeeeat Post! Thank you so much for all the tips :D And yes, polish gets everywhere! I learned that the hard way =))) I really adore the colors you chose, they look soooo good together! And I like the second picture more :D The pinkie doesn't have that much black there ;)
    You make me wanna do a splatter mani again :D

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  2. Nice splats, with some great tips. Thanks. :)

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  3. This came out great. I love the colors you used!

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  4. Such a cute post but #4 should be Buffy the violet slayer not vampire! Love that show and that color
    Just thought you might want to correct :)

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  5. Last time I did a splatter mani, it was an awful mess and looked like poopy. Yours looks amazing & the colors together are so amazing!

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  6. Looks great! I tried to do a splatter mani, but it didn't turn out nearly as nice as yours did.

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  7. yayayayay, i was wondering when you'd post this. it looks awesome!! i love the colors you chose. I was thinking about doing another one, myself, next week. they're so fun, but messy. LAWL at your quick, hard blows comment :p hardee har

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  8. Really great splatter nails. They look very "Jackson Pollack."

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  9. Looks amazing, love the contrast and the color combination!

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  10. I love this. I think you picked perfect colors. They complement each other so well.

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  11. This looks amazing! Much better than my first splatter attempt :)

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  12. Beautiful splatter and great tips!!

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  13. I like this post! I also really like your top photo, with the funny crinkly purple stuff... It's way more visually interesting/flattering looking than the standard claw pictures, and it seems more in focus. Ideas to develop, maybe...?
    Good luck finding your place in the Blog-O-Sphere :)

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