29 August 2011

Color Cues: Ashley Benson [Seventeen Magazine]

Even though I'm no longer seventeen, or even a teenager for that matter, I still enjoy indulging in picking up an issue of Seventeen magazine in between browsing the cosmetic isles at Walgreens. I'm the perfect example of a casual magazine purchaser- If I like whoever is on the cover I'll purchase the issue. September's issue of Seventeen happened to be featuring Ashley Benson on the cover, and being the Pretty Little Liars fan that I am (don't judge, everyone has that one show they're addicted to!) I purchased a copy. Well I'm glad that I did because as soon as I hit her interview on pg. 181 the most fun, modern, funky nails were featured in the photo shoot! Of course I instantly wanted to know if it was a product like Minx or free hand art, and with some closer inspection I decided that it was some sort of nail sticker.... And that I could probably duplicate it myself with a little creative use of some stamping, dotting tools, and scotch tape!

I absolutely love the graphic pattern that is used in this design, and even though I didn't have the exact patterns I figured I could get a similar look and feel with some stamp designs in my collection. Below are some closer shots of the nails featured in the magazine and then a description of what I used to replicate the design on my own nails. 

I started with a base layer of Wet N' Wild's Black Creme. I decided to use designs from BM 208 and 215, using Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rapid Red to stamp each design respectively. I used tape to section off areas of the nail to stamp, and then used a dotting tool and added the dots on the side of my nail in Rapid Red. Four red rhinestones are used as an accent on my ring finger nail. The red didn't come out as opaque or bright as I had hoped, but that's the difference between stamping and a printed sticker I guess!

For me, my Color Cues project is all about things that inspire me nail-wise. Sometimes it's color palettes in images or fabrics, and sometimes it's an actual nail design. And I've decided to re-vamp it a little and include more of the things that inspire full nail designs for me, along with adding more of my graphic design side into my blog in fun little ways.

What do you think of this design, or the original? Do you know of a good opaque stamping red polish? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

I feel like I have to address the white elephant in the room. Long story short, I took an unintentional hiatus from blogging. I had to find a balance between working and my hobbies, and a lot of things including my nails fell to the bottom of the list. However I think I've found a solution that works for me, and you should be seeing more blog posts on a regular basis. Daily posts are impossible for me right now, but I'm going to have at least one post every week until I can arrange my schedule for more. Thank you for sticking with me! <3