#polishdays vintage lace manicure with Nails Inc & Darling

Ah, nail art. My nemesis. I do a pretty good basic manicure, if I may say so myself. I get nice smooth edges on my polish, I never flood my cuticles and I never have to tidy up my polish afterwards. I’ve got that basic manicure dealio on lock, son.

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#polishdays vintage manicure with Nails Inc & Darling

Nail art, however, is a different story. I’m just no good at it. I can do a basic French and can occasionally manage a bit of a chevron (but only on my left hand, natch), but anything more complex than that? No way, José.

So with that in mind, I looked at this months Polish Days theme of ‘vintage’ and wondered what I could do. I don’t have a collection of rare vintage polishes, and my nail art skills aren’t up to snuff enough to paint a sweet Wedgwood pattern or something similar. Hmm. What to do?

#polishdays vintage lace manicure with Nails Inc & Darling

#polishdays vintage lace manicure with Nails Inc & Darling

What I decided was to combine the look of something old and nail tech that’s new, and create a vintage lace manicure. I started with two thin coats of Nails Inc Covent Garden Ballet, a soft washed-out mushroom grey with the slightest touch of bronze shimmer. It reminds me of walking through the back streets of Darlinghurst, past whitewashed terraced houses that’ve turned grey over the years. After waiting for it to dry, I then applied some nail transfers from Hello Darling’s Art Class collection in a vague approximation of a French lace tip. Any loose edges and overhangs I filed back with my trusty glass nail file. I then finished with a slick of INM Out The Door top coat to seal the deal.

I’ve never used nail transfers before, but they were surprisingly easy to use! If you can adorn yourself with goofy temporary tattoos, you can wrangle a nail transfer. My only issue is that because the transfers were on the very end of my nail, they shrank back a little from my tips as my top coat dried. This isn’t an issue with the transfers themselves, just a basic bit of wacky nail polish physics. Next time I’ll run a black Manicare GlamNails nail art pen along the edge of my tips to counteract for the transfer movement.

#polishdays vintage lace manicure with Nails Inc & Darling

#polishdays vintage lace manicure with Nails Inc & Darling

For a first timer’s attempt at nail transfer art, I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out! I’ve got some more cute nail transfers here, including some adorable rosé designs, so expect more wonky amateur nail art from me soon!

There are 9 comments

  1. Aby

    I really like the combination. The base color is super, I love the shimmer.And the lace gives the mani the feel of vintage.Great job!

  2. Amanda | Glittericity

    Oh, this is lovely! For a “nail art noob” you really got an A+ on this look! As I browsed through all the Polish Days entries, this really caught my eye. I love the base colour and the whole thing just works well and looks so classy. Lovely job!!

    1. swatchgirl

      Thank you so much! It’s a bit daunting posting alongside nail art gods but I’m trying my best to keep up!

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