MANI MONDAY: Fire Dragon Eyes

by - October 15, 2018

Hey guys! I finally had time to really sit down this weekend and not only do some more intricate nails for this week than I've done in the past couple of weeks, but also to plan some upcoming Halloween nail art posts. If all goes according to plan, I'd like to have daily nail art posts for the week leading up to the holiday - either here on the blog or over on my nail-centric Instagram @pblnails - so keep an eye out! 

I'd actually planned to do these kind of creepy eyes nails - inspired by a mani that I originally saw from Nails By Cambria - but what really inspired my take on this mani was the base polish and I'm so thrilled with how they turned out. Keep reading for more!

I hadn't ever tried magnetic polish before, but I got a bottle of BornPrettyStore Magnetic Polish in Fairbanks Arts, so I decided to give it a go and pretty much immediately knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. For the eyes, I started with three coats of Fairbank Arts, using a straight magnet in opposite directions on each nail so that the magnetic line would be in line with the top line of the eyes. Next, I used a tiny detailing brush and Ceramic Glaze - Little Black Dress to draw out the shape of the eye and then fill out the background. Admittedly, on the second nail, this did take a couple of tries to get the angle and size to match the first one. Next, I painted a pointed line into each eye and used a dotting tool and some BornPrettyStore Stamping Polish in White for the dot in each eye.

Initially, I was going to leave the first and last fingers black, but as I started at the eyes I felt like they really looked like dragon eyes and it might look cool if I added some scales to those black nails. Luckily, Fairbank Arts picked up and transferred really well using the scales image from the UR SUGAR L-001 Stamping Plate, and though I didn't get the magnetic slash, it does have a really great shift to it. 

Honestly, you guys, I can't even believe how much I love the effect of the magnetic polish in this mani. I actually took about 50 pictures trying to capture how cool the shift is and it doesn't do it justice. The base is sort of an olive green with a gold shift, but the magnet actually added another layer with some really gorgeous coral that just sings in this look. I'm completely in love... which obviously means that I'm going to be ordering more of these sooner than later!

I hope you enjoyed this mani! Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof, See The World in PINK, and Tea & Nail Polish for more Halloween themed nail art for #CBBxManiMonday!

Thanks for reading!

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