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 and models on instagram. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!