NAIL ART: Berry & Blue Abstract Modified French Mani

by - May 13, 2022

Even casual readers of this blog will not be the least bit surprised that I've got another abstract mani here today - I'm currently obsessed. I do try, though, to keep each mani I post here from being too samey, though I do think there are some elements that are getting a lot of play across different mani's. One thing I had yet to try was a French style abstract mani and it took a little bit of brainstorming before I landed on what I wanted to do with the design, but I'm absolutely smitten with how it turned out.

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The color story for this mani really did start with the two brighter stamping polishes that I ended up using to create the tip design. While trying to decide what I wanted to do, I was pulling out random stamping polishes looking for inspiration and I ended up grabbing C12 Purplish Red, which I would have named Raspberry if I had been in the naming room, and 004 Orchid, which is somewhere between periwinkle and cornflower blue for me. There was something about these two colors that I knew could look gorgeous together, so I went from there.

When it comes to a sheer base for a French mani, there are a few shades in my collection that are go to's depending on what tone I want in that sheer base, but for this one I wanted a really classic milky pink so I grabbed for OPI's Baby, Take A Vow and applied one even coat to all of my nails. This polish is perfect for this because it has a little bit more coverage than some of the other options, really bringing that milky vibe, with that pink providing more undertone than actual color - if that makes sense. 

For the stamping, I grabbed for the Nicole Diary L36 Stamping Plate for this mani. If you're looking for one abstract stamping plate for your collection, this is a really good option because it's an XL plate with a really wide selection of images to make the possibilities of what you can do with it pretty endless. For this mani, I started by using two of the sort of blob images to create my tip. I started with the blue and applied that to one side of each nail tip and then I went in with the berry shade and applied that to the other side of the nail tip, being sure to overlap a little to create an almost scalloped sort of look. Next I went in and added the sort of scribbled looking curved lines using a large circle image, alternating with corner I applied the image to. Finally, of course, I wanted to add some speckles so I alternated between two different images - one smaller and one larger - to apply to the opposite side of the nail from the scribbled images.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed it in with a nail art top coat and then finished with a generous later of quick dry glossy top coat for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
OPI - Baby, Take A Vow
KADS - C12 Purplish Red
KADS - 004 Orchid
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Sweet & Sour Lacquer Gloss Sauce Top Coat
Nicole Diary L36 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard

I swear, I'm just having so much fun at the moment making different abstract nail designs and it really does feel like a bottomless pit of possibilities for what I could do. I also really, really like a modified French mani and I love how this version of that turned out. It feels quite fun and playful without being too much - though, don't get me wrong, I am very comfortable with too much as well!

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