Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blood Splatter Expert

I kind of feel like one after trying do figure out how to actually splatter nail polish so it would replicate blood splatter and become the second look in my Halloween themed nails.  I needed a technique I could do with one hand that had maximum accuracy with minimum mess.  I tried flinging brushes, tools that spun, motorized toothbrushes, blowing polish through straws, dripping polish with different sized brushes--all to no avail to the look I was going for.  I was just about to give up, when my bathroom medicine cabinet showed me the light: floss picks.  I jimmied an angled floss pick on the lip of an upside down disposable Solo cup and used the floss pick as a catalyst to fling polish to my nail below.  It yielded pretty great results.  If you are going to try to replicate this manicure, I will warn you, it was MESSY.  I had a feeling it would be before I started so I put petroleum jelly around the top of my nail bed to help in clean up (as I do in water marbling) and it helped, but I didn't account for all the polish I would be inadvertently rubbing my palm in and the underside of my fingers and hand got pretty messy.  Thank goodness for lots of acetone nail polish remover and patience.

Left Hand

Right Hand Close

Overexposed Flash

The Splatter Contraption
Colors used for this look:  I coated with Essie Naughty N' Nice and splattered China Glaze Foxy for the blood splatter.  I realize that blood is not as beautifully sparkly as this blood-like color, but I went for pretty over reality :)  After the blood splatter dried, I coated once with Seche Vite and got to work on the nail bed, crime scene clean up!

UPDATE:  I added a video for you to watch the contraption in action!  Check it out!

23 comments:

Miss Trinh said...

Oh cool! Looks like Dexter-esque theme! I always love your nail blogs, first time typing a comment though :)

Trinh Bin Bui

iPolished said...

Thanks Trinh! I totally thought of Dexter when attaching the third picture--you win. Thanks for the love!!!

nekosan said...

I love this; it turned out fantastic! Made me think of Dexter, too. =)

Swååfie said...

This is so cool! I've thought about how to do this a couple of times - but actually more like paint spatter - apparently I'm not that into all the bloody stuff.. Haha..
But I have to try to do this!
The headline made me think of Dexter, I only started watching it a month ago or so, but I've already seen all the episodes :p

Kari said...

This is amazing!

~*~ Dollface ~*~ said...

DEXTER!!! :)

Fantastic look!

nodak1982 said...

As a Dexter Fan you know I love this. The blood splatter is soooooo cool! My favorite manicure you've done in a long time! The hard work and experimentation paid off!

BoldNBeautiful Makeup said...

I love this, it would look awesome with any colour combination! nice post!

heatheryruth said...

All I can say is....WOW! I'm amazed by your talent!

Erin said...

I LOVE THIS!

April said...

You are a genius! I just made my boyfriend do the flinging a few weeks for the start of the new season of Dexter. I still need to post my version.

Ginger said...

I totally thought of Dexter too! Very nice touch, Corinne ;-)

Pepelka said...

Uau, love this manicure. You are fantastic! :)

Jackie S. said...

This is bloody awesome! LOL! :)

lindsey merritt said...

Im not sure what you mean by 'fling' lol how did you do it ?

Chelsea said...

Cute idea! V

Rachael said...

Why not use a straw and blow out the paint, it splatters pretty well and not too messy. Cool looking nails though.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to figure this out. THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!

Did you paint the floss then flick the pick towards your nail?

iPolished said...

Thanks for the continued comments, this manicure is a top draw to my site.

@lindsey and Anonymous.... Fling means to flick. I used the tension on the floss pick to propel the brush and polish downward. Maybe it's hard to explain, but the floss was the catalyst to the splatter. In a way it did get painted by the brush, but more as a byproduct of flicking the polish brush downward? Make sense? I can try to explain it better if you want. :)

@Rachel.....I considered the straw but I wanted a more linear splatter and I think that the straw does a more circular splatter (but I do like the look of a straw splatter, it just didn't fit with the blood splatter idea in my head).

Nail Art A Gogo said...

C'est trés réaliste !!!!

Glam Republic Beauty said...

We love this Nail Art and the creativeness behind it - so much in fact that we have included the picture and your blog into our latest blog post "Nailed-It". We have included links and credit to yourself. Great work!! :)

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! but I don´t get how to flick... I have tried several ways and nothing... can you release pictures or something like that just for see how to do it, please¿? I beg you¡ D:

iPolished said...

Ok! After all the comments, I have made an updated post with a video for a better showing of this method:

Blood Splatter Update

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