Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Digit-al Dozen Does Festiveness day 3 - holiday swirl nail art!

Hey guys! Today I'm gonna show you my nails for day 3 of the Digit-al Dozen's festiveness week - sparkly holiday swirly nails!

Dressed Up Nails - holiday swirl nail art using China Glaze Merry Berry and Champagne Kisses

Last week or the week before, maybe, I was getting in the mood for festive nails, so I was hanging out with Google Images and looking at Christmas and holiday patterns. These were sort of inspired by the fact that I kept seeing swirly-ish patterns popping up on the results page, but I didn't actually use any of the images to do these nails... just kinda thought, hey! Swirls. With red and gold. OKAY LET'S GO.

Dressed Up Nails - holiday swirl nail art using China Glaze Merry Berry and Champagne Kisses

The two colors I used for these are both from the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. The gold glitter is China Glaze Champagne Kisses and the deep red is China Glaze Merry Berry. The red is darker and richer in person - I had such a hard time photographing this true to color for some reason. I finally gave up and used the flash, which helped a little, but the color still isn't coming across quite as rich and beautiful as it is in real life. I'm wearing it on my toes right now, too... it's seriously so pretty.

Dressed Up Nails - holiday swirl nail art using China Glaze Merry Berry and Champagne Kisses

To do these nails, I just freehanded on the swirls with my new favorite teeny detailing brush that I cut down to make even teenier. I love that brush so much - this was the first time I used it and I was astonished at the level of control and the tiny lines I could get with it.

Dressed Up Nails - holiday swirl nail art using China Glaze Merry Berry and Champagne Kisses

I ended up liking the red-on-gold more than I liked the gold-on-red - I kinda wish I had done the red nails as accents instead, but oh well! I liked them anyway. Also, you guys know how I always tell you that painting patterns on glitter is very forgiving because it doesn't really show mistakes? Well, painting patterns WITH glitter is the opposite. It was tricky, but I think I managed it okay!

Dressed Up Nails - holiday swirl nail art using China Glaze Merry Berry and Champagne Kisses

That's all I have for y'all today! What do you think of these nails? I kind of want to re-do them closer to Christmas but I think if I do I'll do the pattern maybe in red and green all on the gold glitter base... I'll probably never re-do them, though. Who am I kidding.

Don't forget to check out the other lovely ladies participating in the festivities of festiveness!


17 comments:

  1. Oooh! Super sparkly and pretty! Love it!

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  2. I bought Merry Berry for a friend, can't believe I didn't pick one up for myself haha. Loving your Christmas-y nails, can't wait to see more! :D

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  3. Awesome freehand skills! I thought this was a stamped image, very pretty :)

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  4. Hi! I can relate to your description a lot and I just tried a similar look in my nails but my lack of experience made it awfull and I'm already sick of it. Check it out here: http://nailsnoob.blogspot.it/2012/12/indian-princess-first-look-done-with.html
    I welcome you all to join! :)

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  5. This is absolutely phenomenal! So well done and such a pretty combo!

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  6. I for sure thought this was a stamp at first. Gorgeous!

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  7. Darn it, I was hoping this was a stamp so I'd finally have a chance of replicating one of your manicures!

    It looks beautiful.

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  8. Oh, these are in my top ten nails of the season now! So pretty!

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  9. Freehanded the swirls?!? Ummm amazaballs!!

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  10. These are beautiful! I thought you'd stamped it at first! Looks BRILLIANT.

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  11. Holy cow...I thought for sure this was a stamp!!! Show a pic of that brush. I'm dying to see what produced such beautiful results. Of course I could use the same brush and NEVER do the same thing LOL. But, I would love to try if I knew what the brush was like. =)

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  12. I just did these for my christmas nails but made red my accent nails....LOVE IT! thanks for the idea! :)

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  13. What kind of detailing brush did you use? Is there a link so that I can maybe get it too?

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