Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Framed nails


I've been avoiding framed nails for a while because I thought they'd make my nails look smaller. Surprisingly, they don't! Or at least they don't if you have a dark border and light middle. I can imagine that if you have big nails that you want to make look smaller, a light coloured edge that isn't very far from your skin colour could work.

I planned on making the frame by painting a semi-ruffian, then swiping the free edge at the end, but my bottle brush skills suck and I ended up using a nail art brush anyway.

Frame: Borghese Stellare Notte
Middle: China Glaze DV8
The hex glitters can be purchased from Born Pretty


I actually quite like the dark border for giving definition to colours that would normally be too close to my skintone to wear without looking weird (I'm looking at you, golds and pale glitters). I get the feeling I'll be trying this out with a lot of my unwearables! It's also a great way of refreshing a chipped/regrowth-afflicted colour you're not quite ready to get rid of yet.

Adorably my boyfriend suggested that I try leaving off the stripe at the free edge, and got upset when I told him that would just be a ruffian! :)

What do you think of framed nails?

28 comments:

  1. haha!! I thought of the same way too! Did experiment with it as well, it worked great! But sadly the lighter colours took quite a lot of layers considering the quality of polishes that's affordable in Malaysia. Made my nails feel a little too bulky.

    Hmm, framed nails are great in my opinion. :D although that wasn't my thoughts early this year. I see them in new light just few months ago. :D

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    1. I definitely think painting dark over light will always work better! Although a bit of the blue showed through at the tips of mine, Stellare Notte is unfortunately a bit sheer.

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  2. i really like this... love the colour combo xxx

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    1. Thank you! I love it too... I always love DV8 though xx

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  3. I think if your nails are short and wide, fames will make them look shorter and wider, but beautifully shaped ones like yours are "safe" LOL Your framing is gorgeous!

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    1. I think with some experimentation, framed nails could work for lots of different nail shapes :)

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  4. Oooooh I love that large hex glitter! Pretty

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    1. It's great isn't it? One of my favourite nail art purchases!

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    1. Thank you, I was pretty impressed with this one myself!

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  6. Lol silly boys, have no idea what a ruffian mani is!!

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    1. He spent an afternoon just trying to give me nail design ideas... I thinki maybe 3 of them were any good! :P

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  7. I never seen nail like these...I love this idea!

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    1. Thanks :) I think framed manis are getting more popular now!

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  8. I like framed nails, indeed good when your nailpolish starts to ship off :-). I like yours a lot.

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    1. Thanks! It's such a simple and useful design :)

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  9. oooh very nice indeed! Loving the hex glitter very cool!

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  10. looks pretty! Love the glequin border too!

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  11. Nice variation with the hex glitters! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty proud of this one :)

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  12. I like this color combo and the large hexes!

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    1. Thanks! Teal and black just seem to work, don't they?

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  13. These are lovely - I especially like how you've added the hex glitters xx
    Island Girl Insights ♥

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    1. I love the hexes too! I've really been getting into sticking them on EVERYTHING lately...

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  14. Beautiful! I would love to have DV8, teal is my fave!

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    1. It's definitely my favourite linear holo polish so far! :)

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