Thursday, January 9, 2014

distressed nails à la chalkboard nails!

As soon as Sarah from Chalkboard Nails gave me a sneak peek of her Distressed Nails, I pretty much recreated them instantly. Like, within the hour.
The design and the colors were just perfect for me and I had to do it!

I even used some of the same colors that Sarah did because we share a mutual L.U.V. for the China Glaze pastel neons from the Sunsational Collection.

The purple is China Glaze - That's Shore Bright.
The turquoise is China Glaze - Too Yacht To Handle.
The pink is China Glaze - You Drive Me Coconuts.
For the white base I used Color Club - French Tip and for the black I used Color Club - Where's The Soiree?

The trick to getting this look is brushing almost all of the polish off of the brush and then adding random strokes to create almost smudge-like areas of color. It's simple and quick and fun! The best part is that you don't have to be neat at all so you truly can't mess it up.
And it's really easy to get your non-dominant hand to look just as good!

I totally love this look. Thank you Sarah for all the inspiration, girl!
 Now if only I could get my photos to look as good... Haha!


  1. I'm not sure about this technique. Mainly because every time I try something like this, I can't get it to balance. I either overkill on the strokes, or I can't get enough paint on the brush! I love the colors you used!

  2. This is awesome! I need to try it :)

  3. looks really cool!
    it would make a cool mani to wear in the club or somewhere like that

  4. See, you're wrong there - yes, you CAN mess this up, lol, you just have to be a bit ... "artistically challenged" like I seem to be. :D I can never figure out the right colour combinations; like, what, isn't that such an essential thing to understand? o.O - Nope.. :)

  5. such an amazing design! I have to try it! :D



  6. I love the distressed/grunge effect! It looks great with the bright Sunsational colors :)