Once again, I feel like I'm in a real life version of The Truman Show because as usual a great idea I've had has been nicked by someone else. This time, it's Primark. Sort of.
Many years ago I told my mum I wanted to try nail art using lace after seeing a photo in a magazine, although if my memory serves me right the photo was of a lace nail art effect without actually using lace (to my knowledge anyway, it's entirely possible that it was actual lace and therefore Primark did not nick my idea as it wasn't my idea in the first place). None the less, I kept saying I'd buy some lace and try it out.
I did not.
The other week when I was mooching around Oxford Street Primark, I saw that they'd brought out their own Lace Manicure kit, so of course I bought one. The end result was fiddly, slightly messy and annoying (and it got more messy and more annoying the longer I wore them)...but it looked damn good, at least before it got too messy.
I spent Wednesday evening at a gig, seeing the ever awesome Blink 182. I've waited at least ten years to see this band and honestly cannot fathom how happy I was to finally be able to see them live. They'd always been on my band bucket list - the one ultimate band I'd never had the chance to see but was always desperate to. When they split up I thought my chance was over, and as happy as I was when they reformed, I simply didn't have the money to see them then. So it was a really lucky day for me when I was able to get tickets this time around and of course, doing my nails like that was partly for the gig.
They're soooo pretty and gothic and edgy. I used Nails Inc 'Hero Shade' as a base colour and then once that was dry, used a top clear coat before adding the lace. I cut off any excess lace and added a final clear top coat to help secure it. Some nails needed going over more than once, but for the most part, the clear top coat really held the lace down well. However for some of the nails, the thicker bit of lace came off & strands loosened more easily like when I was using my hands a lot and doing delivery at work. In future, I'll probably cut the lace less like the lace on my thumb and perhaps more like the lace on my forefinger - so that no 'thick' bits are at the very end of the nail. It was kind of hard cutting the lace to the correct size too, but the hardest part was doing my right hand (I didn't even attempt it, my sister did it for me ha).
The end result looked fab, but I am considering maybe using some stick on designs that aren't actual lace. I think that'll be less fiddly, although at the same time I really like that it's actual lace and not just a painted on pattern!
None the less, that's my nails of the week and I've had lots of compliments on them. I do think with more practice they'll be less messy. From afar they look fine, but if you look closely overtime you can see where strands of lace have come up and loosened a bit on the end of my nails. But, I doubt anyone will be bothering to look that close!
What do you think? Would you try out the lace nail trend? Make sure to let me know with a comment!