MANI MONDAY: Cloudy Pastel Blue Smoosh Nails

by - April 06, 2020

Hey guys! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and home as much as possible - I know I am! For our April #CBBxManiMonday theme, we went with a perfect entrance into spring with Pastels! I love pastel nails and I always get really excited to pull out my pastel polishes as the weather starts to get warm. This week's mani is actually something I sort of stumbled into by accident... and I'm obsessed! I paired a beautiful indie flakie polish with a couple of really, really soft pastel crémes from OPI and though the result is pretty subtle, I'm kind of in love with it. I called it blue... some people might call it green. It's really that in between shade that's probably kind of a really soft, cool mint. But. CLOUDY PASTEL BLUE. Ahem. 

Keep reading to check it out!

Like I said, this mani happened sort of by accident while I was playing around with what I wanted to do - and I really was just reaching for what I had on my nail desk to begin with. I started with a coat of OPI Mexico City Move-Mint* as my base. This polish is just so pretty, almost as though you added a drop of teal to a vat of white and got this soft, crisp colour.

I don't really know what inspired me to try a smoosh, but I just sort of went for it on one nail to see what it looked like. Once my base was dry, I added dots of my base polish along with Cadillacquer Summer Rain* and OPI Hue Is The Arist?* to my stamper and then just sort of pounced it on the nail until I got this really soft, subtle marbled look. (I actually couldn't seem to really capture the marble in photos no matter how I lit them, but the highlights really pop a lot more in person.) I feel sort of in love with the look immediately and did the same to all of my nails.

I finished with a generous coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Clearly Quick and voila!

All Products Used
OPI - Mexico City Move-Mint*
OPI - Hue Is The Artist?*
Cadillacquer - Summer Rain*
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Clearly Quick
Latex Cuticle Barrier Clear Stamper* Brush* (for clean up)

I've always really loved those indie polishes that have flakies in a really soft pastel créme or milky crelly base but have found a lot of the ones I've personally tried to be a little bit difficult to work with, so I really love that I was able to (accidentally) devise this mani in a way that sort of mimics that look. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to be a technique I play with a lot more in coming months!

If you're interesting in picking up Cadillacquer's Summer Rain* to try this technique yourself, it's available from (and was gifted to me by)! You can also use my affiliate code TRYSH to save 10% off your order!

Don't forget to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World in PINK today to check out what Jayne and Renee are doing with this month's pastel theme for #CBBxManiMonday!

Thanks for reading!

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