I mentioned to you guys earlier today that this Sephora by OPI polish I'm holding, Run With It ($9), reminded me of fresh, sparkling sand. So I got this bug in my brain that I wanted to use it in some nail art. I went Googling and looked at palm tree images and nail art with palm trees and gave freehanding one a try. It didn't work out so great. So I got out my trusty Konad plates and used Plate m29 and Plate m79 and got to work. (To find out how she did it, just keep reading.)
This is the second time I've done "Konad-assisted" nail art. The first was this MAC Liberty of London manicure where I used konad stamps and dotting tools, as well. I am the absolute worst at freehanding nail designs, so I figured using Konad as a sort of template was the way to go for me. I know it's far from perfect, and usually I'm anal about that, but I really like it. I am even more in awe of the chick at The Daily Nail, I couldn't do this every day, let alone freehand it all and come up with the ideas to begin with. She's my hero. . .
I painted the whole nail with Orly Snowcone. Then, I used Color Club French Tip and Plate m79 to stamp a cloud on the top of each nail. Orly Enchanted Forest and Plate m29 were used to stamp the palm tree on each nail.
I used China Glaze Unplugged and a dotting tool to go over the trunk of the palm tree. I went back with Orly Enchanted Forest and traced the spines of the palm fronds with the same small dotting tool, letting the articulated parts of the Konad stamp show for a little definition. I used China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and the dotting tool to add a little highlight to the top of the palm. With Sephora by OPI Run With It, I made little sandy islands with a dotting tool, and went over everything with Seche Vite Fast Dry Topcoat.