This Makeup War is all about our favorite summer manicure. Truth be told, I really don't have a favorite summer manicure, but I do find myself tending to stay in the brighter colors for the summer. My blacks, greys, and deep purples are pushed aside for bright greens and blues and watermelon pinks.
Speaking of watermelon. I really do love that summertime brings some of the best watermelon. I could eat that stuff every day, all day long. I like it ice cold or room temperature. I like it cubed, sliced and by the spoonful. I cannot get enough of watermelon.
I decided that since nail art is so big now a days, and I also love watermelon, I should combine the two! However gluing watermelon seeds to my nails became cumbersome and sticky. I decided I should just do a watermelon nail art manicure instead. I did a Google image search for "watermelon nails", and I got a zillion images. I tried my best, but after all the studying and hassle, I was only able to end up with this
Not as pretty as some of the images I found online. (It's actually not that great upon closer inspection.) The lines are ragged, and the seeds look like polka dots more than seeds, but it was my first attempt. I realized rather quickly that I lacked the tools to do a proper nail art manicure. I have no special polishes with super thin brushes. I have no tape or ways to make thin lines, I have no dotting tools. I don't even have an orange stick. So I improvised. I have all the motivation to do nail art, I just don't have the tools. I need to change that!
I painted my nails the base "Watermelon color" using Lise Watier "Gulabi" nail polish from their summer collection. Then I painted the tips of the 2 nails I was going to convert into a "watermelon" white. While I waited for the white tips to dry I stuck a sewing pin into the eraser of a pencil and dabbed some black nail polish on a piece of tin foil. I dipped the pin head into the back nail polish and "dotted" the "seeds" of the watermelon on to the nails. When the white tips were dry I painted Essie "Pretty Edgy", a vibrant green, for the rind. Then when the green was still wet I dabbed (using my makeshift dotting tool) in some mint green to make what is supposed to look like stripes on the rind.
If I do it again, I will make sure I have some tape guides for the white and green lines, so they don't look so raggedy. I'll also try to pick up a different color for the stripes of the rind because the mint green against the yellow based green of the rind ended up looking blue. I will also invest in some fine brushes so I can paint the teardrop shape of the seed onto the nail in a precise manner.
I didn't want to do each nail in the watermelon theme because that would be too busy for me, but having an accent nail or two makes it fun without it being over the top.