Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color!

Hey y'all! I have some nails to show you today that I am super proud of.

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color

These nails were inspired by this image that I found here when I Googled "geometric pattern" a couple weeks ago. I really liked it so I saved it to my inspo folder and finally put it to use last night!


Originally I was going to stick exactly to the design and do all my nails with a white background and black lines, but right before I started on them I thought it would be cool if I reversed the color scheme on my accent nails. I'm really glad I did because I like the way it looks a lot!

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color

These were done completely freehand using only my little mid-length striper brush. I started by painting the base color of all my nails. Then I painted the black lines on all the white nails in a semi-random pattern based off the image. I did the same with the white lines on the black nails. Then, one color at a time, I painted the small colored shapes on the white nails. I went around a couple of the shapes after I painted them with a little more white polish to make them look crisp and neat. Then I did the same thing on the black nails, and voila! All done.

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color

I used a bunch of different colors on these (more than I want to list) so if you want to know what any color is just let me know! I picked out five colors I wanted to use - pink, purple, blue, green, and gray - and then picked a dark version of each color for the white nails and a light version of each color for the black nails. I really like the effect that using different shades of each color created! I also like that I have enough nail polish that I didn't have to mix white with any of my dark shades to get a lighter shade, but let's not talk about that right now.

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color

These were a little nerve-wracking in terms of how careful I had to be in freehanding all the lines and especially all the tiny shapes, but they actually didn't take very long, considering. I probably spent a couple hours on both hands including base color, cleanup and top coat. I took a couple breaks in there too of course haha.

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color

Oh yeah! I did both hands! I am REALLY proud of how well my right hand turned out. Up close you can definitely see more mistakes than on my left hand but even from this distance it's almost impossible to tell them apart. I also reversed the accent nails on my right hand, which as I'm sure you guys all know by now is something I love to do.

Black & white geometric nails with pops of color

That's all for today! What do y'all think of these? I actually like them enough that I might wear them for more than a day (SHOCK) so I'll probably be back tomorrow with a flakie layering combo that I did last weekend to show you guys!

46 comments:

  1. I love these so much! I just dont have that kind of control with a medium length striper brush, I dont know how you all do it! Also, what is the greeny/yellow colour on the black nails? :D

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    1. thank you so much! i think part of it is that i cut half the bristles off so it's much easier to get fine lines. i also ONLY use that for nail art so i've had a lot of practice haha! the light green on the black nails is sally hansen xtreme wear green with envy. i love it!

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  2. Those look super awesome! It's like you never run out of amazing inspiration..!

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    1. thank you! haha google images and stock photo websites are my best friends for nail inspiration :)

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  3. So cute!! I can't wait to try these.

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    1. thank you! don't forget to show me if you try them!

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  4. These are absolutely Stunning! with a capital S!!

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  5. OMG this is unreal. I'm going to have to recreate it!

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  6. These are really cute and creative - I love it!

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  7. LOVE this, especially the thumb and ring xx

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    1. thank you!! i thought i would like the white base/black stripes better but i ended up really liking the thumb and ring too! :)

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  8. absolutely stunning! The colours you chose to use are so beautiful!

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    1. thank you so much! i just basically pulled out all of my favorite colors to use haha :)

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  9. This is beautiful- love the colors you chose!

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  10. Your blog has quickly become one of my absolute favorites! Your nail art is simply amazing!! Love this design :)

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    1. you are so sweet! thank you so much, i am so happy to hear that :)

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  11. Your art is ahhhhhhmmmmmaaaazzzzziiinnn.!!!! These look great.

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  12. That is amazing! I can't even fathom how I'd begin to do this! I love it, and congrats on the right hand man! That is a truly impressive accomplishment (is it weird that I imagined you taking the photo of both hands with the camera in your mouth?) Hahaha

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    1. hahaha oh my god i literally laughed out loud when i read that! i use a dslr so it's a really big camera and it made the image even funnier in my head hahah. i actually just use a tripod that i crank up to whitney height and stick both hands in front of it. not the best but it works! also, thank you!!!

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  13. Simply adorable! I love how this turned out :)

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  14. I just randomly found your blog & I'm so happy I did..great nail ideas!

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  15. Hey! I just found here, and ohh you have great nail art ideas ! ♥ and beautiful photos as well.. followed!♥

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  16. These are amazing! You really should be proud of your work on these.

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  17. Ooooh. I LOVE this. It's so clean. And your pics are amazing too.

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  18. I continue to find myself staring in awe at your manis! My god woman you are awesome!

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  19. I LOVE your nails! They look amazing! I want to try this :)

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  20. This is awesome! I need to try this!

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  21. You are insanely talented!! I wait for the day I master the art of painting my nails and NOT getting those freaking bubbles in my polish!!

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  22. AMAZING!!! No more words to say! lol *_*

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