I'm trying to refresh, keep up and improve my hand painted nail art skills by just doing what works the best for it - painting some nail art by hand on regular basis. So that's basically what I was doing with this mani, though I'm not so sure what I ended up with.
I got the inspiration for the look once again from Instagram, this time from @nata3110nata. The original look was (maybe?) done with some nail art stencils, but like I said, I wanted to practice my freehand painting skills, so that's what I did here. I also kinda went my own way with all of the designs and in the end I didn't really know what I ended up with...
I used Essie Take It Outside as my base color (2 coats). Then I painted the blue details with using a detail nail art brush and Zoya Sunshine. Finally I added a coat of top coat to smooth it all out a bit. I only used one coat of top coat, so that the Zoya PixieDust still had some of that texture effect, but it wasn't as rough as it would have been without the top coat.
Even though I'm not really sure what these patterns are trying to be - or if they even need to be anything - I still quite liked the look. There was quite a lot happening, but still with the muted base and the beautiful blue it wasn't too much.
Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polish: Essie Take It Outside (2 coats)
Nail art: Hand painted with Zoya Sunshine and detail nail art brush
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri