Does anyone remember a very very long time ago I created nail art using the Messy Mansion "Love Letters" plate? No well I do! I was one of most popular designs. At that time I think it may have been right when I was just getting into photography and trying to figure out lighting etc. I've come a long way from there, but that mani remains one of the ones that I wanted to recreate to this day. However there is no point IMO in recreating nail art if you can't make it better and in this case I used the art I created to enter the Beautometry Next Top Swatcher Contest. If you have a chance and wouldn't mind please go like my first entry on Instagram and Facebook.
Basecoat: CND Stickey
Topcoat 1: Sally Hasen Diamond Flash
Topcoat 2: Elite 99 No Wipe Gel Topcoat
Basecolor: Essie Sand Tropez
Stamping polishes: Mundo de Unas 22 (Brown)
Stamping plates: MM24, Morya Retro, MM57
Btw for this mani the deal was you only have to use one product that can be purchased from Beautometry but I used several most of which are Messy Mansion based saved for my ring finger typography font.
I'll tell you in advance I didn't create a tutorial for this nail art. When I say it is complex in the extreme I mean that. Just to build the "burnt paper" required several hours of detailed painting and brushing. After all of that I still had to stamp to create decals and then went back in cured the whole thing down added gel refined it and then went back in with more polish. After all of that I then took photos and edited. Suffice to say it took me forever, but the results were totally worth it.
I also mattified it using Essie's Matte About You which is my favorite matte topcoat. Surprisingly I did not like the matte effect as much. I think it may be because matte is less forgiving than a glossy topcoat with respect to "lumps and bumps".
So what do you think? This was so much work and the minute I finished I stripped it off to move on to a different mani just because I was feeling inspired and wanted to get it out. If you are interested you can actually purchase Messy Mansion products directly from Beautometry either way you will be supporting Julia's brand but the upside is that shipping over $50 is free on the Beautometry website ;)
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