Friday, February 22, 2013

Dark Side of the Moon nails - Tutorial

Hey everyone!!! A few asked for a tutorial of my most recent mani, so I thought I'd deliver!!

This is the finished product of a few days ago. I LOVE it matte. Glossy was great, but This is my favorite, I think.

Let's begin!!
You will need a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Also white, black, and tape!
I used Venique The perfect Accessory, Zoya Jancyn and Creamy, CG Gaga for Green, Zoya Robyn and Mira. Venique Wingtip White and Zoya Storm!

Start with a white base. Put striping tape on your index and middle fingers for the shaft of light going into the prism. I've outlined where I've placed scotch tape so you can see better. You will want to wait for the white to dry completely(or cheat with Seche Vite) before doing any taping. You want to start with white, especially for the rainbow! Colors don't like to go over black and show up very well...

Tape over this with your black! Remember to remove the tape quickly, while the polish is still wet. If your lines went crooked or flooded under the tape, you can touch up the white later with a tiny brush.

These are some of the pieces of tape cut for prism and rainbow outline. Shoutout to Masha's tweezers! You'll get them back...Eventually. ♥

You can do the prism with the small triangle scotch(as I did), and then using that as a guide for striping tape and carefully fill in the middle. OR - you can simply use just striping tape from the beginning. But that's harder, I think.

Top it! Your index and middle are done, now it's just the rainbow left!
Hint - The shaft is supposed to be smaller. So, instead of starting with white, start with black on those fingers and tape off a tiny line to fill in with white. Not much more work involved with that, but it's more true to album cover, so try it! The only problem is the ring finger. you may have problems because it needs to start white for the rainbow. But we are all beautiful and creative, I'm sure we can do it!

Tape off the prism edge for the next steps. This way you get a clean edge for the rainbow! Using striping tape on the BOTTOM, use a tiny brush for each color. You have to eyeball it to get the 6 colors in there evenly, but that's not so bad. You can do it!

Use tape only on the bottom, because the top will have a small ridge from the previous tape. Just be careful with your small brush and this ridge will help you guide the next color in!
For crisper lines, use tape on top and bottom. The downfall is that you have to wait until it's perfectly dry before adding any tape.

I accidentally used yellow next, so you'll see that on the tape. Oops. Oh well, nothing the orange can't cover!

 Go all the way down. No tape needed for the purple, as I already have a guide on the top and bottom!

Remove tape and top it off!

Crap...I realized after I finished that I forgot to document the diffused light shaft in the prism. Let me just explain! Tape off the area from the top of your light shaft to the top of the rainbow, as well as bottom to bottom. My rainbow is WAY too high on the prism to do this, so my diffused light is lower. Be sure to keep that in mind when you first place the tape for the rainbow.
Using a tiny piece of cosmetic sponge, sponge on the white. You may want to dip your sponge and sponge away excess polish before using it on your nail as this is such a tiny space.
Or - using your small brush, just make little strokes in your prism going about halfway, starting from the light shaft.

I wanted a different finish this time than last time. This is Hits Hefesto. It's a pretty holo topcoat! It's so hard to capture this in a photo, but you get the idea.

You know, because Zoya Storm just wasn't glittery enough...

Thanks to everyone who commented and gave critique on this, from here and Reddit! Thanks to those who asked for a tutorial, as well! Hope to see TONS of Pink Floyd manicures popping up. ♥♥



I mattified the Hefesto. Not sure how I feel about that. It sure loses a lot of it's holo effect this way.

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At February 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Masha said...

Great tutorial! Glad you put those tweezers to good use, but I kind of miss them D:

At February 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM , Blogger Tina said...

great tutorial! thanks for share with us

At February 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM , Blogger JFloColman said...

wow this looks more complicated that i thought! haha you did an amazing job


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