Monday, June 18, 2012

Ruby Ruby, I was Framed!

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend. I also hope this malware warning crap is over with soon, I miss my blogroll. (Translation: I am entirely too lazy to go through my nail bookmarks folder site by site :P)

Framed or border nails have been pretty popular lately. Usually I come in on the butt end of these trends (lookin at you, crackle polishes) so I figured why not try something while it's actually still interesting. There are a few ways to accomplish this look. You can start with the border color on the whole nail and then paint the inside color over top of it, or you can go the other way around and paint the border on top of the base inside color. It's really personal preference which way works best for you, for me personally I painted the border on with a thin brush after I had a base color on.






Polishes used:

  • Sally Hansen Salon Manicure base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby
  • Hard Candy Beetle

The pics show visible nail line for some reason but I saw none in person at all, and trust me I was all up close and personal with this while painting borders. I already had the red on when I decided to try the border look and I thought the duochrome goodness of Beetle would look awesome with it. The pics really do not do it justice, it was flashing all over the place! In the sun (of course AFTER I took pics and wasn't near a camera >.<) it switched between the most gorgeous purple and amber colors against the red. This whole border thing was pretty fun to do, I will be trying it again with a creme as the border because I think it might behave differently on the paintbrush. Beetle is very cooperative but a little grainy. I kept this sucker on for five days with no tip wear at all, bonus! 

I really need to start putting vaseline or tape or something on my hands when I use red polish. I don't know what it is about reds but it doesn't matter what brand or formula, they ALL stain the crap out of me. Do you guys have a trouble color?

12 comments:

  1. LOL, I miss mine too - it so difficult to keep up with the blogs you love :)
    I'm not too fond of border nails, but you chose great colors!

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    1. I know! I feel so bad about not commenting as much on other people's work >.<

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  2. I love border nails, these look fab. Reds always seem to stain my hands too :(

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    1. Thanks! I dunno what it is about them. I love them but they hate me so.

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    1. Thank you! It wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be, just a little time consuming.

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  4. What a gorgeous red! I'll bet it looked amazing against the Beetle when they hit the sunlight.

    This is another one on my To Do list, but I can't even pretend to be steady enough to freehand the borders like you did--nice job!

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    1. I was so sad I couldn't get a good shot in the sun, it was soooo pretty! Thank you, this wasn't as hard to do as I imagined it would be, you should try it!

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  5. Me miss me blogroll. These are fab.

    I admit I wrote fat instead of fab, but I think your nails have lost quite a bit of weight.

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    1. I lol'd so hard I woke the animals up. This blogroll crap needs to end, I don't function well without mine either.

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