I love a good theme, so after my quasi-successful Hawkeye manicure last week I decided to ride the Avengers’ wave. Will my manicuring abilities be better than Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo’s on-screen chemistry? God, I hope so.
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This time, I drew inspiration from a color I already had in my nail polish drawer: Sinful Colors Innocent.
Aside from being a super fun and amazing color, when you’re in the geeky manicure frame of mind, it’s sort of impossible not to look at it and think, “HULK SMASH!!!!” Think, loudly yell…either way, really.
For my detail work, I chose Sinful Colors Black on Black. It’s a great polish for the price, and if I’m not already using one of my more expensive black polishes in the manicure, I’m not going to bust it out for a few lines here and there.
I also grabbed my handy dandy Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Toolkit and used the small detail brush.
When trying to think about depicting the Hulk in an abstract and fairly simple way, I decided to focus on his abs; a bright green 6-pack seems pretty clearly indicative of Bruce Banner’s pal, and only involves a few abstract brushstrokes here and there.
Naturally, I started with my basecoat. Sinful Colors goes on really well, but it does require more than one coat. In general, it’s better to layer a few really light coats of nail polish to get more even coverage, and this was my result after three coats.
Next, I grabbed my detail brush, and painted a tiny little 6-pack onto every nail using the Black on Black. While I usually like to keep things cleaner by only using a design on an accent nail, this particular design felt simple and cool enough to apply to each nail.
I didn’t use guides for my last manicure because, well, I’m lazy. This time, though, the irregularity of the lines was deliberate, as it more accurately represented 6 pack abs.
My original vision was complete, and it was pretty neat, but it still felt a bit lacking. I decided to add a swipe of black along the bottom of my nail to mimic the Hulk’s pants. Overthinking things? Maybe, but I think it definitely ended up looking better and reading more like Hulk rather than just a geometric design on my nails.
I have to say that while not perfect, this manicure was significantly more successful than my first attempt. The finished product better reflected my vision, and its fairly easily recognizable as a Hulk manicure.
When it comes to DIY manicures, even if I’m only on my second one, I can say that practice does reflect in an improved finished product. Controlling the detail brush was much easier the second time around, and I figure I can only get better at it the more I try.
Tune in next week for a generically Avengers themed manicure and my first attempt at using a nail art pen!