I don’t do nail art very often, or even… ever, you just need to look back through my ‘nail of the day’ archives to see that. It’s not that I don’t appreciate it, I look longingly on tumblr at all the cool kids and their striping brushes but the problem is that I’ve got an essential familial tremor. It’s genetic – you can hear my Dad carrying a tea tray from the other side of town. Because I’m still (fairly) young, you’d be hard pushed to notice it in everyday tasks but when it comes to something that takes skill, precision and a delicate touch… I get the shakey jakes and the more I concentrate, the worse it gets.
Which is why, I’m pretty damn impressed with my attempt at some Valentine’s themed nail art. It’s not massively complicated and thank God for being able to play dot-to-dot with a dotting tool BUT, it took me about 3 hours to finish (stop laughing), and I feel like ronseal-ing it to my nail beds to last for all eternity.
So why on Earth am I spending frankly ridiculous amounts of time drawing not very symmetrical hearts on my nails? Well, because John Lewis sent an email out to some bloggers, challenging them to create some eye-catching nail art using a selection of shades that they would send out for this purpose. Here are the shades they sent me:
YSL La Laque in Sparkling Garnet | Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish in Trafalgar Square | NARS Space Odyssey | YSL La Laque in Copyright Red
Dudes, I even tried to magnetize the hearts. Dedication. Not that it worked very well.
I’m not sure who else is taking part in the challenge (Sophy Robson’s blogging twin knowing my luck) but the participants stand a chance at winning a £150 John Lewis voucher so I am totally trying to bring my a-game!
Good luck to my fellow nail art(istes) taking part and cheers to John Lewis (and the makeup and beauty team) for the polishes and the opportunity to play along.
Do you ‘do’ nail art? Who are your biggest sources of inspiration?