Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hipster Mix and Match - China Glaze Sunsational Nail Art

Everyone has a little hipster spirit inside of them, and in today's nail art, I couldn't help but embrace mine! I pulled out all the stops: chevrons, bows, drips, geometrics... The only thing I left out were the nebulae. ;)

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

Side note: isn't it funny how hipster is basically just the newest word for 80s?

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

For this look, I used all six of the China Glaze Sunsational collection creme shades. The collection also has 6 jellies but I'll be showing those off another day.

Sun of a Peach is a neon peach; you can see it used as the base on my middle finger. Unfortunately I had a hard time photographing this one correctly next to the other shades! It's a bit brighter and a touch lighter. Lots of fun. The formula was a little bit difficult to work with -- I used three coats to even things out.

Highlight of My Summer is a bright neon mint green. I used it in the dots on my pinky and the triangles on my ring finger. Again, it is a touch brighter than in the photo. I had trouble with application because I didn't wait long enough between coats. I ended up using 4 thin coats to even everything out.

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

Too Yacht to Handle is a bright teal. I used it as the base on my thumb and for the drips on my middle finger. The formula on this one isn't too bad... I think I used three coats for opacity.

That's Shore Bright is the purple base of my pointer finger and the second layer of dots on my pinky. A bit darker than I was able to capture, this one had the best formula out of all of the cremes. I used two coats for opacity and it applied easily.

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

Neon & On & On is the coral-y shade on the base of my pinky and as the chevrons on my pointer. I like this shade a lot, it's super bright, summery, and fun. I used three coats for opacity.

Bottoms Up is the pretty pink that I used on my ring finger and as the bow on my thumb. The formula on this one wasn't bad either, needing three coats for opacity.

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

I recently lost my trusty striper brush, so I was forced to use a different nail art brush for this look. I was surprised to learn that I actually liked the replacement better!

I started with a shorter brush and then cut the amount of bristles down by half using cuticle nippers. If you've never cut a brush before, Candice did a great video tutorial on it that I would recommend checking out. The shorter brush gives me better control, and lowering the amount of bristles let me keep the fine lines that my old striper brush created. Here's an Instagram shot of the new brush if you want to check it out!

Chalkboard Nails: Hipster Mix and Match Nail Art

What do you think? Do you want to be friends with my inner hipster?

The China Glaze Sunsational collection is available this month at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

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