40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Your Job

Painted Fingertips | Microscopic Minerals

Hi everyone!

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m taking part in a nail art group challenge in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts group. There are a couple of different ways to take part but I’m doing a themed nail art design every second week. This week’s theme is your job. There were a few different ways I could have gone with this one but I’m really glad I ended up picking the one I did. I have recently started my PhD in geology and so I decided to paint some minerals on my nails! Specifically, I went with pyroxene:PyroxeneThis picture of pyroxene comes from this website and if you’re interested in knowing more about the mineral, there is plenty of information about it there too!

You might be wondering why I would choose this ‘boring’, dark-coloured mineral. Well, there is a method to my madness! Sometimes as a geologist you get to see amazing things. Sometimes those things are out in a field site in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes they’re in a lab at the other end of your microscope. This is how pyroxene looks under a microscope:pyroxene under microscope(Image from this site). Isn’t that just amazing? Something that looked grey before is just bursting with colour. So, I did microscopic pyroxene nail art.

Painted Fingertips | Microscopic MineralsI think I didn’t get some of the angular mineral edges to come through in my nail art so well, but the idea is there. I had fun making this and these jewel-toned polishes went so well together! I started with a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White so that I didn’t have to worry about opacity, and then I pretty much went crazy with a nail art brush and Essence Let’s Get Lost, Sinful Colors Rise and Shine, Sally Hansen Cherry, Cherry, Bang, Bang!, Sinful Colors Endless Blue, and Tip Top Gold Mine. I added some definition with black acrylic paint and that was it! Painted Fingertips | Microscopic MineralsSee? Geology is beautiful! Admittedly, this isn’t something I personally get to look at on a daily basis, but some geologists do. It’s a broad field and I haven’t been near a microscope in a couple of years. I can still appreciate the beauty though!Painted Fingertips | Microscopic MineralsTake a look at more participant’s nails below – you might just find something for your job!

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  • http://www.thepolishedhippy.com/ Polished Hippy

    What a cool inspiration!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! I thought so 🙂

  • http://procrastinatingpolishr.com Jae – ProcrastinatingPolishr

    I am loving your nails and the inspiration pic is awesome! Nature is really quite incredible.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! Isn’t it amazing?

  • http://schette08.free.fr/essaisbeaute/index.php Schette EssaiBeauté

    The inspiration picture is awesome ! I love your mani !

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks!

  • http://www.lovevarnish.com/ Deborah – Love Varnish

    O.o woah! This is such a cool and awesome inspiration, I love how that rock completely changes.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      It’s pretty amazing the first time you see something like that down a microscope.

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Such awesome inspiration and I love the prompt!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • http://www.kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    What a cool job you have!!! 🙂 Awesome mani to go with it.

  • http://www.kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    What a cool job you have!!! 🙂 Awesome mani to go with it.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Haha! Too bad I don’t just get to look at pretty things ALL day 😉

  • Naked Without Polish

    LOVE this mani! My 6 year old would love you! She’s going through a rocks and minerals phase right now. Any extra money she gets goes towards buying new pretties from this rock shop nearby.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Aw that’s great! I don’t think I’ve ever bought something from a rock shop to be honest – they’re always beautiful but always seem overpriced to me. I have been known to pick up random rocks from the ground though 😉

  • Nichole C

    thats beautiful. I know very little about geology.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks!