Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Nails are LAVA!!!!!

My last manicure chipped earlier than expected, and I had to come up with a new design on the fly. I kept staring at Riveting by China Glaze. It is a fiery, glittery orange that really is riveting. Then I remembered the abstract water marble that I did on one of my nails when trying out my Capitol Colours collection. It kind of looked like lava flowing down the sides of a volcano. So, I decided to do an entire manicure inspired by lava! For the black, I used China Glaze Smoke and Ashes. It is a glittery black with cool blue and green glitter, and it reminds me of the basalt columns I see around here that were formed by lava flows.

The effect I was going for was the slower flowing lava that creeps and gets a black crust from cooling. I wish the photos I took did justice to how vibrant the Riveting is. The glitters give it the illusion of movement, and it almost looks backlit!

I would tell you how I got the texture, but it was complicated and very messy. I actually finished it last night, but I had to wait until this afternoon before the extra polish started flaking off my fingers and I could wash the rest off. Plus, almost all of the lava manicures I've seen use crackle polish over red and yellow. It doesn't seem as natural. This is definitely my own original work, and a girl's gotta have her secrets!

Please let me know what you think of the manicure! Also, if you have any tips for getting better pictures, leave those as well. Thanks!


  1. This one is really nice and very realistic. Great colors and texture, looking forward to your next creation.

  2. Wow, you totally nailed the look you were going for! I definitely see lava with the black crust on top! Great job.

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