But the courage to show a makeup fail has not been easy to find. You want to show the world your best efforts, not the ones that went awry. At the same time, fails show both of us where I went wrong, what not to do and how to improve on my attempt.
This is a nail art experiment I did with stranded embroidery yarn. I had seen string or thread manicures using sewing thread and wanted to try them out but ended up with stranded embroidery yarn instead of thin sewing thread! Thankfully, no freehand work was involved.
Here is how I did a thread manicure over Essie St Lucia Lilac nail polish.For the base colour, I used St Lucia Lilac, which you have seen me swatch here. This is a lovely Essie creme for Spring, although the formula is slightly streaky. I applied two coats of S.L.L. and then it was time for the thread-work.
Pick your colour. Next time, I am going to brush out the strands and get thinner thread.
Cut off roughly 1cm and shorter bits with the scissors. This really depends on the length of your nails but you don't want the thread to stretch from bed to edge.
The other important thing is to use really sharp scissors. I picked a somewhat blunt pair at first, which is why some of the threads have frayed edges.
Get a pair of tweezers and pick up one edge of the thread gently. Do not press too hard.
You can either apply topcoat on the whole nail, or you can apply topcoat on just the ends of the thread.
Here, I have applied topcoat all over the nails on the index and ring fingers and only on the ends of the thread on the middle finger and pinkie. Without topcoat, you cannot get the nails wet.
The sources of string nail art inspiration are Galactic Lacquer and Spellbound Nails. My mani looks nothing like the delicate efforts of the two polish bloggers; they have picked thin sewing thread.
This is my submission to the GOT Polish Challenge with "lilac" as the theme. Do check out the other entries.