Friday, August 31, 2012

Football Friday: Husky Helmet Nail Art!

And... we've reached the first Football Friday of the year!! Action actually kicked off on Thursday, but my teams are playing tomorrow! UW meets the San Diego State Aztecs in our new home for the season, Century Link Field (home of our NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks). It's going to be a change, but we'll make it work! I'm definitely excited about football season, though I am sad that summer is ending.

To start the season off, I was actually inspired to try some nail art. While I was looking through all my purple and gold polishes, I was struck by the UW helmets, and decided to try to copy them on my nails!

It's hard to find a good picture, but the UW helmets are a sparkly yellow gold with a purple logo W on the sides, while a large white stripe with purple on either side runs down the center. It's not incredibly intricate, but still a challenge given my nascent nail art skills. Painting straight lines is hard!

Polishes I used: Ozotic 604 and Sally Hansen Purple Pulse, along with my Stripe Rite White and Gold striping polishes. I used three coats of 604, which is a sparkly holographic gold polish (though not quite as yellow as the actual gold of the helmets) and Purple Pulse is a metallic purple with red and blue shimmer.

Artificial light with flash:

Artificial light:

Natural light - shade:

Natural light - sun:

To switch things up a little, I decided to go with a slightly different design on my thumbs. I used three coats of Purple Pulse (which was slightly sheer and definitely three coats to become opaque) and used my gold striping polish to free hand W's. They... are not stellar:

That's actually my right thumb, because I kind of messed up the one on my left hand (usually the hand I photograph). It's not terrible, but it could be better.  I think it actually looks better in person than in the photograph, but I guess I just need to work on both!

And... inspired by Marta of ChitChat Nails, I decided to try using a prop! We have this little Husky Helmet that dangles from the rearview mirror of our car-- it's supposed to hold an air freshener, but we don't use it for that purpose-- I figured it would make the perfect prop for my pictures!

I hope you've enjoyed my foray into some football inspired nail art! I hope to be able to do some more as the season goes on, but still given there will be more time constraints. I'm definitely looking forward to trying a bunch of new polishes and hopefully getting more creative!

Go Dawgs!! Beat the Aztecs!