6/14/12

China Glaze Hunger Games Nail Polish "Stone Cold" PLUS A Mini Splatter/Graffiti Tutorial Using A Mascara Wand!

I needed a break from glitter today and decided to bust out China Glaze's "Stone Cold" from the Hunger Games collection.  This is a dark gunmetal polish with silver flecks that dries to a matte finish.

Here is just one coat of this polish:
This looks exactly like a smooth rock!  Such a perfect name.

Since I only needed one coat (and since matte polishes typically have extremely fast dry times) I figured it was the perfect opportunity to use a nail art technique I had a dream about the other night.  Yes, you read right. I've been having nail polish DREAMS! Are you kidding me? What is wrong with me?  Ha!  At least I know you guys can relate and understand :D

I was in that stage of sleep where you have just fallen asleep and you still feel awake, yet you know that you really are not- do you know what I mean?  That stage is usually where I solve problems.  Like, if I misplaced a set of keys and search all day with no luck, suddenly when I fall asleep I remember where they are.  Have you had this happen before?  Well, my dream the other night was that I used a (clean) disposable mascara wand dipped in nail polish to make designs on my nails.  I don't recall seeing this done anywhere (please correct me if I'm wrong) so I don't think it was sitting in the back of my brain from seeing it somewhere else.  No- I think the idea was planted when I spied the package of disposable mascara wands sitting, unused in my drawer.  I had a fleeting thought of , "I need to use those for something" and that was it.

I needed to give it a try!  I ripped off a small piece of tin foil to use as a "palette" for my colors (I used some of the China Glaze Summer Neons).  I then dabbed the top part of my wand into the polish:

I then "smooshed" (technical term) the brush down to transfer the polish on my nail.  I found that this worked best with a little pressure (fanning the bristles out a bit), so you need to make sure your base color is completely dry:


 I did pink on each nail, then wiped off my wand and dipped into the next color and repeated:





Here is the final result with one layer of top coat:

I can't decide if I'd call this "paint splatter" or "graffiti" or what?  It reminds me of spray paint in some ways, so maybe I go with that?


It also reminded me of this rug (follow the source link to see full view):
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You can purchase disposable mascara wands pretty cheap at any beauty supply (Sally's has them for as low as $2.99).  The possibilities are endless!  You can use as little or as much of the brush as you want, and use the brush in any direction, giving you the ability to make all sorts of different shapes and designs. I enjoyed the fact that I only needed to use one wand for this entire mani- more would seem wasteful to me. In addition to nail art (and mascara, obvs) these wands make great tools for grooming your eyebrows!

What would you call this?  Do you ever dream about nail polish? (Please say yes!)



21 comments:

  1. I saw that and I immediately thought of graffiti! Damnit, Maribeth! That is fucking awesome! I love your brain. I may have to rent out a space and take up part-time residency.

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    1. Good news- my brain currently has a 'vacancy' sign flashing! I love that your brain loves my brain!

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    2. *bags packed, polish in tow!* I'm ready!!

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  2. So cool! I will have to add these to my list when I hit Sally's next time.

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  3. Love it! What a cool effect and much neater to create than a splatter mani! I am nail art challenged, but I definitely going to give this a try. Thanks!

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    1. That's what I liked about this- there was zero cleanup needed after!

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  4. OMG yes I have had many nail polish dreams before! Mainly about hearing the mail man drop packages in front of my door, then waking up and realizing it was just a dream and I really don't have nail mail. Kind of depressing. This technique is really cool and I LOVE the outcome! It definitely reminds me of graffiti! I think you're on to something here :)

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    1. Aw crap, that is depressing! It's like those dreams where you win the lottery and wake up to nothing :/

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  5. You are a GENIUS! That looks so cool. That's it. It's going on my Pinterest RIGHT NOW. Okay, back. I've had ideas for makeup and nail polish while I'm trying to sleep too. More than once I've had to get up and try them right away, haha. :)

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    1. I can't believe I forgot to comment on your new banner/blog look, etc! I got too distracted by your prettyful nails! But I love it! It looks great!

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    2. I'll take genius ;) THanks for noticing the new banner! I love it!

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  6. oh my gosh that is so incredibly creative and cool!! And something I think I can actually do lol!! I love the new pink header too :)

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  7. Wow this looks awesome! Amazing idea!

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! I have never seen the mascara wand technique. I love it!

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  9. Oh my gosh that's amazing! What a great idea! Hope you don't mind, but I am so gonna copy this asap! lol (I'll give you all credit though of course). thanks for sharing this! x

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