#clairestelle8june challenge – Squares

Hello! Today is the day for the third prompt in the Instagram #clairestelle8june challenge, and it is squares. I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I’d seen the prompt, and so last night I set about making it a reality. Before I show you though, I just need to say one thing: I fecking HATE striping tape!

I feel better now.

#clairestelle8june challenge - Squares
#clairestelle8june challenge – Squares

First, I picked out three colours that I thought would make a nice cheerful gradient- the sun is shining and I wanted bright happy nails! I chose Nails Inc Slone Street (neon pink), NYC Spring Street (orange) and Spoiled by Wet n Wild Designated Driver (yellow). I’ve noticed that I only ever pick orange and yellow when it’s sunny! I also grabbed Barry M Coconut for the base, and Pink Iridescent to add a bit of glitter. Everything is better when you add glitter, right?

I started off with two coats of Coconut, which I topped with HK Girl Glisten & Glow to dry them quickly. Once they were dry, I I taped off the grid pattern using striping tape. I hate using this stuff, it is more interested in curling up into ringlets than sticking to my fingers. However, the results were worth it! I then painted around my nails with Zap! liquid latex. My boyfriend came in at this point and nearly wet himself laughing at the state of my hand.

Preparation
Prep work done!

I then grabbed a makeup sponge, and sponged on a gradient, then peeled away all the latex and tape. In hindsight, I should have done one nail at a time as the polish dried quickly, which meant the latex just pulled away from under it rather than taking off the excess. I now know for next time! I cleaned everything up with a brush and some acetone, then added a coat of Pink Iridescence (the sparkle shows up better in real life than in the photos) and finished with G&G topcoat.

#clairestelle8june challenge - Squares
#clairestelle8june challenge – Squares

I’m happy! I really like this look 🙂 It’s fun and bright, and I’m getting loads of compliments today which makes it all worthwhile (haha, not really, I’m just happy if I like it!) But compliments are a nice bonus 😉

My next mani prompt may be a little late unless I can get it done tomorrow (but I don’t want to take these off yet!) as I’m off away for the weekend.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Love, Jo x

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