Thursday, January 6, 2011

Illamasqua Boosh with a touch of winter...

I recently purchased Illamasqua Boosh and while the black is just stunning on its own, I decided to play with some craft punches to make a snowflake stencil. This is the result:

The snowflake has Orly Cosmic Kiss as a base which was used to capture the MAC pearl glitter (from the MAC A Tartan Tale thrillseekers cool pigments/glitter set).

These were all the products I used (missing the cotton tips and scotch/sticky tape):

The snowflakes came out surprisingly well for a first go! Here's a close up of the snowflake with and without flash:

So in love with this glitter art right now :-)

If you're interested in recreating this look and have some small scrapbook punches lying about, just follow these few steps:

  1. Apply 2-3 coats of nail polish then set with Seche Vite
  2. Take a piece of tape and very carefully punch it with a craft punch of your choice. Make sure it isn't too big for all your nails - the snowflake barely fit on my other nails!
  3. When you're sure the base polish has set, stick the tape stencil to your nail
  4. Take a clear/sheer polish and 'fill in' the stencil shape
  5. While the polish is still wet, quickly use a cotton tip and dip into the glitter and tap over the wet stencil
  6. Layer on as much as you like and brush off any excess.
  7. Very carefully peel the tape off - you might want to start from one side, stop at the middle then start from the other side.
  8. Finally when the stencil is off, add another layer of Seche Vite to set the glitter.
  9. You may be able to reuse a stencil for another nail but it's just as easy to stamp a new one for each nail.
Note - the final top coat will dull the glitter significantly, so you might want to try an alternative glitter base and/or add more glitter before the top coat.

Well I hope you enjoy this look and while it isn't winter here in Australia, we haven't had much of a summer with all the rain... so this dark look suits me well :-) Until next time...

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