Sep 30, 2013

33DC - Day 4: Tribal



Hi my lovelies! I hope you had a nice weekend and you've plenty of energy to start the week. Today is Day 4 of the 33DChallenge and it's time for some Tribal nails. I honestly prefer to call them Ethnic nails or something of the sort. I don't like the word tribal, but that's just me :)



I had planned this mani in a certain way, but my first attempt was HORRIBLE! So I removed the nail polish and started again. I decided I would not impose a design to myself so I gave in to improvisation and started adding lines and dots here and there to make it seem a little Ethnic. An this was the result.

I started with two coats of the pretty Mavala Blue curaçao and did the decorations using some striping tape, LA Color Art deco liners in black and white, Mavala Victoria for the orange-y red (which looks weird over the turquoise base) and OPI Suzi says Feng Shui for the teal-blue details. I then topped it all with one coat of Essence BTGN top sealer, which has got kind of gloopy because I'm reaching the bottom of the bottle.


It was much fun once it was done, I tell you it was quite a difficult manicure for me, and I still have so much to improve in this kind of designs, specially doing it by using a thin brush like the liners have does not make it easy to draw small details. So, certainly a CHALLENGE, lol! I might have to get one of those nail art pens, are they easy to use?
What do you think of Ethnic manicures? do you like this kind of patterns? Do you think they're worth all the work?
Do not forget to take a look at the creations of my co-challengers listed here below!
Love,
Nati






29 comments

  1. Salut ma belle, beautiful!!!! What a great combination of colors and your variety of patterns is great!!! I enjoyed detecting all those differences and that wavy line on your ring finger just perfect :-)! I really love Ethnic stuff, just not on or near me, it feels very wrong somehow. But I do love it on shawls. Have a wonderful start of the week yourself <3 Bisous xxx

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    1. Salut Christine, merci beacoup for your sweet comment! I know what you mean Ethnic patterns can be very "busy". I don't think I have anything "ethnic" in my wardrobe either. Bisous ma biche, xxx!

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  2. I use acrylic paint and nail art brushes i found on ebay for about £2 for a set of 15. Then following a youtube video from Robin Moses, I cut the brushes down to get them as thin as I want. Hope that helps!
    Sarah xx

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I have some nail art brushes but I don't use acryllic paint :P I think acryllics is very pretty but is kind of "cheating"LOL! ha ha ha
      xx

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  3. Wow Nati, what a great manivure, lots of details, it's beautiful. :-)

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  4. This is amazing! I think it looks great! (:

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    1. Thank you Marisa, I appreciate your comment :)

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous, love it!

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  6. Muy bonita y muy currada tu manicura de hoy.

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    1. Gracias Cristina, me ha llevado su tiempo a decir verdad :)

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  7. si tiene el aire indigena

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    1. Si, Andrea, intentaba justamente eso! pero no ha sido simple, me alegra que se note :)

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  8. Ha ha you've seen from mine that the pens aren't so easy! If the polish is totally dry it will go more smoothly, but my polish was still slightly damp so it turned into etching rather than drawing!!

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    1. Hi Emma, I think I'll get some pens anyway ;)

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  9. Ciao Nati! Really pretty! I love that blue base polish! Stammi bene! Baci! xx

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    1. Thank you cara, I'm glad you liked it, bacioni, xx

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  10. Beautiful colors & designs!

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  11. I love your attempt, u can use acrylic colors or even normal color paints if u want to practice more wthout getting messing with polishes, anyways I think its a cute art

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    1. Oh, thank you Anita, I'm not considering acryllics for the moment, but I might in the future!

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  12. I think that your manicure is a complete success! :-) I love ethnic / tribal manicures :-) I don't use nail art pens, so I can't tell you if they work or not, but I can tell you that it's much easier to work with acrylic colours then with nail polishes, you can control the lines better and you can draw really thin lines.. :-)

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    1. Tatjana, you're so kind! When you say the word "easier" I doubt... I mean, is may be because you're such a talented artist! I mean, you can make rocks look pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. It REALLY IS much easier drawing with acrylic colours :-) You have to try it! :-)

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  13. Lovely manicure Natalia :)

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  14. This definitely looks like a lot of work! I probably would not go through all the trouble for myself, but I do appreciate nail art like this!

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    1. Melissa, it definitely IS a lot of work! and I woulnd' have done it if I wasn't on a challenge. Maybe a nail accent, but not a whole manicure :)

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