#31DC2014 – DAY 31!!! Honour Nails You Love <3

Hi everyone!

I’ve made it! It’s the last day of the 31 Day Challenge and I’ve managed to complete it, for the second time. The past few days my posts have been later than usual as I’ve struggled to get them done but I’ve done each one on the right day so success!

Today’s theme is ‘Honour nails you love’. This can be a tough one – not because I can’t think of nails I love, but because there are so many amazing nail artists and designs out there that it’s hard to choose one. I knew I’d struggle with this, so since the challenge started, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for something I loved. When Victoria from Vic & Her Nails posted these beautiful Chinese pattern nails earlier this month, I decided then and there that that’s what I’d recreate for today.

Painted Fingertips | #31DC2014 day 31 - Honour nails you love. Honouring Chinese pattern nails by Vic & Her NailsVictoria regularly comes up with amazing freehand nail art, the kind which makes me gasp but which also makes me want to try more freehand myself. A while ago I asked her how she got fine lines and she recommended I trim a brush myself to get it fine enough. I did and it works wonders! Painted Fingertips | #31DC2014 day 31 - Honour nails you love. Honouring Chinese pattern nails by Vic & Her NailsI started with a base of Tip Top Gold Mine. Once it was dry, I added a matte top coat to make it easier to paint on. I then did all the detail work with my very fine brush and red acrylic paint. I really love the detail of this pattern and had fun creating it. At this stage I decided to take some photos, so there is no top coat over the acrylic paint. Painted Fingertips | #31DC2014 day 31 - Honour nails you love. Honouring Chinese pattern nails by Vic & Her NailsI wanted to see how it looked shiny as well, so I added a quick top coat and snapped a few more pictures:Painted Fingertips | #31DC2014 day 31 - Honour nails you love. Honouring Chinese pattern nails by Vic & Her NailsDo you like it better shiny or matte?

Last year I was loving some nails by Pinpoint Polish:

tape1What do you think of my final design for the challenge?Painted Fingertips | #31DC2014 day 31 - Honour nails you love. Honouring Chinese pattern nails by Vic & Her NailsThat’s it! I’ve enjoyed the challenge but I’m glad I’ve made it to the end and it’s over. Now it’s back to regular programming on the blog!

31dc2014Take a look at some more ‘Honour Nails You Love’ designs at the link:

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  • Annette

    Wow how pretty, can you show us pictures of your detail brush and how it you trimmed it?

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      I’ll see if I can take a picture next time I’m using it. All I did was took a cheap striping brush (which I got at Planet Nails), then used a nail scissors to carefully snip a few bristles away from each side. I cut the rest of the bristles a bit shorter too. I left it with literally only a few bristles.

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