Sunday, 1 February 2009

Precious Metals

I've always wondered how people manage to mix two nail varnish colours to achieve their own; do they pre-mix them in a new pot, or just apply both onto the nail whilst still wet, thus 'mixing' them?

Yesterday I decided to apply a gold colour which I've had for a long time, but don't really use any more because it just makes my nails look old and nicotine-stained. Only remembering this once I'd already applied the varnish, I wondered what it would look like if I added a coat of silver. I bought the silver a couple of years ago for about £1 and I've never worn it. It's very thin, but this happened to be perfect for the effect I had in mind.

I love my new silvery-gold/goldy-silver nails which are a different colour depending on the angle the light catches them. They're the perfect combination of two colours which don't work too well alone, and mean that I can mix gold and silver jewellery without looking slapdash. I think I'm going to have to try mixing more colours now, although using my current technique I am limited to combinations using my thinner colours of silver and purple. If you have dabbled in some colour mixing, how did you do it?

Oooh, by the way, notice the superior quality of these images! My camera has returned to me and so now I can actually take focused pictures without all the 'noise' which plagued my previous efforts!


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  2. I really like this shade--it's pretty. I like to mix mine in a little tin. I mix just enough for one coat.

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  4. I did Chanel gold toes yesterday in a bit of a panic as I realized I had five minutes to make my toes sandal ready. Love the gold/silver fingers!!!

  5. I love the color mixing! So pretty! I don't usually mix, but then I also get lazy and don't usually paint my nails very often. :)