MANI MONDAY: Pastel Skittle Smoosh with Geometric Stamping

by - April 13, 2020

Happy Monday! For this week's Pastel themed #CBBxManiMonday, I pretty much went in the same direction I did with last week's Cloudy Pastel Smoosh Nails, but turned it on its head a little bit. My initial plan was to keep it simple, matte down the base smoosh for a bit of a Cadbury Mini Eggs kind of a look for Easter... but once it was on my nails, I kept staring at them just feeling like they needed a little something else. Ultimately, I ended up deciding that they needed some grounding with really bold black and white stamping and I ended up really loving the look. 

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For each nail, I started with one coat of what was going to be the base colour of the smoosh. OPI's Verde Nice To Meet You* (green) along with Color Club's Totally Worth It (pink), Can You Not? (purple) and Take A Chill Pill (blue). For the smoosh, I wanted to add a soft, almost white shade to give that marbled look without losing the colour, so I went with OPI's Hue Is The Artist? paired with all of the shades. I also wanted to add a speckle to the look, so I grabbed ILNP's Luna, which is a multichrome flakie top coat. I added dots of the three polishes I was using for each nail and... just smooshed 'em. Simple as that.

Once I had decided that I wanted to add graphic black and white stamping, I grabbed for black and white stamping polishes from BornPrettyStore as well as two stamping plates from Nicole Diary. I knew that I wanted each nail to be different, but I also wanted to have cohesive look to the mani. I used various lines across the nail before going in with circles and dots, just kind of adding until the mani felt balanced and right.

To finish, I applied a generous coat of Seche Vive Quick Dry Top Coat and voila!

All Products Used
OPI Hue Is The Artist?
OPI Verde Nice To Meet You
Color Club Take A Chill Pill
Color Club Can You Not?
Color Club Totally Worth It
BornPrettyStore Black Stamping Polish
BornPrettyStore White Stamping Polish
Seche Vive Quick Dry Top Coat
Nicole Diary 038 Stamping Plate
Nicole Diary L04 Stamping Plate
BornPrettyStore Clear Stamper

While this is definitely not what I had in mind when I sat down to do this mani, I love that I could really look at the base and get a good idea of what it needed. Sometimes I feel like really graphic stamping in black and white can actually add more impact to what it's on top of rather than taking away from it, and I feel like that's the case with this mani. Also, I have to say, I really love this tonal smoosh technique with the flakies and I'm thrilled that I sort of stumbled into it. 

Don't forget to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK to check out what Jayne and Renee have happening on their nails for this week's #CBBxManiMonday!

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