The Worst of the Worst: 10 Nail Oopsies that never made it to the blog!

Hi everyone!

You probably guessed that something special was happening from the title of this post, and here it is: this is my 500th post on Painted Fingertips! When I first realised I was nearing 500 posts, at first I was amazed that I had done so many, and then, honestly, shocked that it was so few. Haven’t I done seventy million nail posts by now? I mean, it must be at least 3000. According to my stats, though, it’s a mere 500 – and I suppose that really is a lot. I’ve certainly done more nail looks than that since some posts have more than just one look – I usually try to share 2 looks when reviewing a stamping plate or polish, for example.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate my 500th post and I was contemplating what I could do when I remembered one long-untouched folder amongst all of my nail photos. A folder of looks I had deemed ‘not good enough’ for the blog, and yet never deleted. I looked through them and decided I could at least give all of you a laugh! I have two aims in sharing these – one, so you can shake your head and giggle as you see my dreadful nail fails; and two – for any readers who have not yet tried their own nail art, or who have but aren’t sure about trying it again, because you see pictures of nail art and think ‘I can’t do that’ or ‘I just don’t have their talent!’ – this post is for you. I want you to see how far I have come and know that you can, too.

A final note before we get started – I was really very proud of several of these looks at the time that I did them. Some were done before I started my blog, but I photographed them because I had the idea of a blog in the back of my mind. Some were done later and it was only after I photographed them and found myself comparing my pictures to others I saw online that I decided they weren’t good enough to post. Still others were done after I’d been blogging a while and I just had an off day. My point here is that if you do a nail art look that’s imperfect, but you still feel proud of it – that’s fantastic! You should feel proud of it. I know that I was brimming with pride over some of my earliest nail art that looked dreadful in comparison with the gorgeous, finished pictures I was seeing on some of my favourite blogs. That’s how this love for nail art was born!

Enough waffling! Without further ado, here are 10 of my biggest nail flops presented from oldest to newest. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

This one was from June 2013 – before my blogging days (I started my blog in August 2013) – and is one of the looks that I was truly proud of at the time. In fact, this was my first ever attempt at stamping! After several failed attempts to get the stamp to transfer, I finally realised that I needed to peel the plastic covering off the plate (sigh…) and I was able to stamp the little flowers. I combined it with a fancy French and thought it was just brilliant! In fact, I remember going out someplace while I had this design on and especially dressing up so the rest of me could look as good as my nails did! Once I took pictures, I realised that my cuticles looked a mess and the bubbles were far more visible in a closeup. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

This one was from just a couple of weeks later, in July 2013. I actually still think that this is a pretty cute, simple design, but once again, I had yet to learn how to clean up and the polish all over my cuticles was what deterred me from posting. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

Another one from July 2013 – it’s pretty clear that that’s when I really started doing my nails a lot. This was a cool idea, but poorly executed – and again with the polish all over my cuticles and fingers! This also seems like a good time to mention how much I was struggling with posing my hand. You can see that I was already trying to do something like my current ‘signature’ pose, but I just couldn’t get my fingers to all line up neatly. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

The final July 2013 look. I think I was doing OK for a beginner stamper, especially with that flower on my thumbnail, but then I went and spoiled it all with the fimo clay piece on each nail. I’m not sure how I could have made this one look cuter – maybe just the fimo on an accent nail?Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

This one was from August 2013 and is the last pre-blog one on the list! This is the first one that I remember hating at the time. I was just trying to do too much at once – a saran wrapped base AND multiple stamps AND glitter AND fimo clay? It’s overwhelming and my original idea got lost along the way. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

This one was from December 2013. I’d been blogging for a few months and you can certainly see that I’d improved in terms of things like cleanup and having my hand look a little bit like an actual human hand. The stamping was just a flop, though, and I’ve actually never tried to use that small dotted stamp again. Perhaps it’s time I give it another shot! Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

This one is from February 2014 and somehow it’s the only one I’m sharing from the whole of 2014! This was my first attempt at stamping decals. I was really excited to try the technique, but unfortunately it just came out a lumpy, bumpy mess. I still have trouble with this technique but at least I can see that I have improved since my first attempt. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

This one is from March 2015. I was trying to recreate these lovely abstract roses from Wondrously Polished, and it just didn’t go as planned. They came out messy and the inner row of petals was too similar to the background colour. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

The last two are from just over a year ago, in June 2015. This was another attempted recreation. I saw and loved this look by Love Varnish and decided to try my own version. Between me trying to use polish freehand and just being impatient, it was a flop. Painted Fingertips | Nail Fails that never made it to the blog

Not to be deterred, a couple of days later I tried again, this time attempting to make stamping decals. These look better, and if only the polish I had used to stamp hadn’t smeared so much, I probably would have posted them!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these! Let me know in the comments which of these was the hardest ‘fail’ for you. The best thing about looking at these is seeing how far I have come, and I hope I will continue to improve!

  • http://www.lightyournails.com/ Simona @LightYourNails!

    I can so relate at having a full hard disk of never posted manicures! For me it’s both nail arts and swatches that I wasn’t completely satisfied enough and never made it to a blog post.
    I love some of your attempts here, I see they are from a beginner (back then I mean!) but the idea behind them was really good!

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Yeah, those were definitely the start of my enjoyment of nail art! I also have several swatches I’ve never posted but those are less interesting to see because it’s things like ‘my application wasn’t quite right’ or ‘I wasn’t totally happy with the photos’.

  • Hope Elaysse

    These all look great. 500 posts is really pretty good. You’re doing great! <3

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks – I’m glad I’ve improved a lot since those early looks!

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

    Congrats on 500! I LOVE this post! Nail art is really pretty hard. Especially your later ones that you consider fails are still better than I can do!

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! Haha, I’m not so sure about that – in any case, I’m in awe of your gorgeous swatches 🙂

  • http://teaandnailpolish.com Tea & Nail Polish

    Congrats on the 500!
    I love these kind of posts, shows that even when nailart looks perfect, we have bad days and started out as beginners too

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Exactly – and only practice and playing around helps us to improve 🙂

  • Lothwen Akira

    Congratulations!!!!!
    I really love seeing these, they show how fast you’ve improved! I started out the same way, not knowing how to clean my cuticles and everything 😉 It is fun to look back! 🙂

  • Lothwen Akira

    Congratulations!!!!!
    I really love seeing these, they show how fast you’ve improved! I started out the same way, not knowing how to clean my cuticles and everything 😉 It is fun to look back! 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! Haha, yeah you learn quickly once you start taking those closeup photos and seeing how they really look!

  • Queen of Nails 83

    I think posts like this are important for the reasons you mentioned, even the best of the best had to start somewhere. Congrats on your 500th post and cheers to another 500!

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Shawna Harrold

    Congrats on the milestone!!

  • Shawna Harrold

    Congrats on the milestone!!

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks!

  • Kiersten Millican

    Congrats on hitting 500, and thank you for sharing these. I haven’t begun to stamp because I fear it will all be flops, but I love seeing how far you have come!

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! You should definitely just try it. I really struggled with stamping at first but now it mostly goes well! Just don’t be afraid to try different things until you figure out the method that works best for you 🙂

  • Ann

    Congrats! I love this, it shows how your human & not perfect😊

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Haha, a mere mortal! 😉

  • http://www.procrastinails.com Katherine

    I love this post! We all definitely have those look that we were so proud of when we first did them, but looking back at them later we just cringe. Thank you for sharing these with us! And happy 500 posts!! o/

    • http://paintedfingertips.com/ Painted Fingertips

      For sure! I can only hope I keep improving in the next 500 🙂

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