the nail files: not-so-perfect plaid

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Last week, Bailey shared a post that showed off her amazing collage and she used such a pretty colour pallette, it inspired me to do a mani! (Thanks, Bailey! Haha!)

At first, I wasn't totally sure how I was going to use all of these colours at once, so I perused Pinterest for a while until I stumbled upon a great many plaid manis. Now, straight, freehand lines aren't totally my bag, but I decided to risk it all and give it a go. High stakes in nail art is a real thing, guys. Haha!

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When the base coats of Shelly and Billie Jean were dry, I got out my narrowest flat nail art brush and started with two, wide vertical lines. I chose Rooney for the base lines because it's a translucent polish, so I didn't think it would be that dark. Naturally, it was impossible to get those lines straight, on account of my curved nail beds, but I'd come too far to stop, so I kept going. Haha!

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After Rooney was dry, I chose a long, thin nail art brush and used Shelly to make thin lines in the middle of the thick Rooney one. Still following? Good. Haha! After that, I used Felicity for the overlapping thin lines that were centred in what was left of the exposed Billie Jean. Then, I topped it off with glitter from Chantel, leaving out the diamonds.

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I'm not completely happy with how they turned out, because I prefer crisp lines, but taping everything off would have taken forever. For my first time doing so many lines, it's not too bad, I guess. If I were to do it again, I'd use a much lighter pink underneath, because the brown pretty much covered it and the exposed sections weren't bright enough. Still, I like the look of the plaid, so it's a design that I'll definitely try again. 

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  1. I actually really like the look of the not-entirely-perfect freehand plaid!! Looks absolutely gorgeous to me! And isn't Bailey the BEST for color palettes? I mean I just don't have that kind of eye!!

  2. I do NOT have the patience for plaid. You go, girl! Next up: houndstooth! ;)

  3. I totally love the plaid look. I want to so try this. You did awesome

  4. Heyooo!! Thanks so much for posting my pic :) And UM plaid?!?! What a good idea for using a ton of colors in one look!! YOU'RE SO SMART. Fabulous job Jennie!

  5. I love how this turned out Jennie! I'm so stealing this idea for a post...whenver I stop being lazy and paint my nails #soulcry

  6. Those are great colors. It's fun getting ideas off of crafty things. I love her collage. I scrapbook & smashbook.


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