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:This 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:(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.
I 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! See? 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!Take a look at more participant’s nails below – you might just find something for your job!