Fall mosaic nails!
I can't even lie to you guys right now, I really love these nails. I had this idea a week or so ago and knew I wanted to make them part of my On Safari nailz series. I kept tweaking the idea a little in my head and ended up with this design as the final iteration.
These were a little bit time-consuming to do but not as bad as I thought they might be. The awesome thing about glitter is that it's really forgiving when it comes to nail art, so smaller mistakes don't really show up and I was able to move a little more quickly than I might have been able to if I was doing this on a creme base.
I used eleven out of the twelve On Safari colors for these nails, and maybe for all of you guys who have never seen all of the colors together this will kind of make me seem less crazy for wanting to use them all together ALL THE TIME. I mean, like, look how perfect they all look together. I just can't stop. The only color I didn't use was I Herd That, the darker/warmer glitter, because I thought that glitter on glitter might look kind of weird. I don't know.
To do these nails I painted on my base color (China Glaze I'm Not Lion) with the polish brush, leaving a little bit of space above my cuticle. Then I came back with my mid-length striper brush and added the angles at the bottom, and then one color at a time started adding shapes in the other colors on top of the glittah. I tried to sort of vary the color positions and combinations on each nail so they wouldn't all look the same.
When I first started working on these nails they looked like crap and I was dismayed at the prospect of them not turning out like I wanted. Something about the jaggedy edge of the glitter just looked super gross by itself and when there were only a few random colored shapes on top I could barely bring myself to finish them because they looked so lame. I sallied forth anyway and thankfully they ended up looking like I imagined, haha.
My right hand got the same pattern but a simpler variation. I just made all the shapes bigger so that they'd be faster and easier to paint! I spent probably just under an hour on my left hand and about 30 minutes on my right.
Here is a SUPER BONUS SUNSHINE SHOT so you can see the extra-sparkliness of I'm Not Lion and the richness of all the colorz in the sunshine. You can also kinda tell how the glitter ate my colors like it eats topcoat in this pic! See how you can see the glitter through some of the shapes? I'd paint them on and then they'd kind of get absorbed into the glitter, it was very strange to watch. This is definitely a super hungry glitter but 2 coats of Seche Vite smooooothed everything out real nice. I just said glitter a lot of times, but oh well.
That's all I have for you guys today! What do y'all think of these? If you've never seen all the On Safari colors together before, does my obsession make a little more sense now that you can see how PERFECT they all are together? I hope so. I'll see you guys again soon!