I decided to have a try at a pastel pink and purple galaxy mani, I thought it would be nice to try using some “spring time” colours than black lol!
So I sponge my galaxies add my stars and my glitter, tidy up my fingers and add my topcoat. It was quite late so I decided to go to bed and photograph my nails in the morning (hopefully with some sunshine)
The next day (after my second cup of coffee when I was feeling slightly more human) I noticed it… Epic shrinking, I honestly haven’t seen anything like it! The polish had shrunk round the edge of my nail but not from the free edge oO
The base colour was still exactly where I had applied it and so was the topcoat! The only way I can think of to describe it is like a sandwich without enough filling! I really should have taken a picture!
After staring at it for a while I realized that I could try removing the flappy bits of topcoat and paint round the edges to make a (almost) ruffian mani.
The polishes I used:
- Barry M – Blueberry.
- Sally Hansen – Good To Grape.
- Barielle Shades – Stardust.
- Barry M – Shocking Pink.
- Maybelline – Lilac Charm.
- Seventeen – Pinking Shear.
- Sinful Colors – Cinderella.
- Sally Hansen – Lavender Envy.
- Illamasqua – Baptiste.
- Barry M – Pink Flamingo.
I started off with a couple of coats of Blueberry, which is a really pretty pale blue cream.
I added a few drops of Good To Grape, Shocking Pink, Lilac Charm, Pinking Shear and Pink Flamingo onto a plastic box lid (they are great for mixing polish) I then used a small bit of sponge and some tweezers to dab the polish into my nails.
When that was dry I did the same with Cinderella and Lavender Envy, I applied three iridescent stars to each nail and painted on a little bit of stardust, when it was dry I applied Color Club topcoat.
Then the shrinky doom happened!
I used a nail art brush and pure acetone to remove the flappy edges of the nail polish, Then using a very tiny brush I used Baptiste to fill the gap! Cleaned up my cuticles and the rescue was complete!
I think I managed to rescue this reasonably well! I’m just wondering, has anything like this shrinking ever happened to your nails?
March 25th, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I love how this looks soft and feminine but the outline just gives it that punch! funny how ‘mistakes’ can turn out really great 😀
March 25th, 2014 at 8:45 PM
Wow the shrinking is so weird! I’ve never had that! But I love how you solved it, honestly this manicure looks so great!
March 25th, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Nice save, it ended up looking amazing!