Monday, July 29, 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 - Celebrating the Year Of The Blogger

I'm pretty darn excited to be a part of the piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013! If you haven't heard of it before, the Blog Fest is where Australian polish makers piCture pOlish collaborate with a whole load of bloggers to create a big day of celebration of all things piCture pOlish. Sometimes they launch new shades during this Fest, but this year they've decided to get bloggers to use their mad manicure skills to celebrate their already impressive lineup.

As a participant in the Blog Fest, piCture pOlish sent me three shades of polish, with the request that I let my imagination run wild in creating a manicure that would show off all three colours.

Picture Polish Camo Marine Tango

I was, I'll admit, a little stumped when these three showed up in my package. They're all great colours, but I'm usually very big on using totally complimentary shades in my manis, so I wasn't quite sure how to put them all together. But then I remembered an art style that's all about the clashing colours - pop art!

Happily pop art is also big on straight lines and dots, both of which I can do quite easily, so here is what I came up with.

Picture Polish Blog Fest 2013

In order to create this look yourself, it's actually quite simple. All you will need is;

- three plain colour polishes, that cover well in one coat. piCture pOlish plain colours are the perfect consistency for this.
- masking tape
- a dotting tool

First cut your masking tape to length. In order to make these shapes, you will need a triangle peice, and two straight peices for each nail. Then lay down a nice smooth coat of your base colour- in this case I chose piCture pOlish Marine, a beautiful aqua blue.

Picture Polish Marine Swatch

I reccomend putting a thin layer of quick dry topcoat over this, and then let it dry really thoroughly to prevent the tape sticking to the base colour. At least 15 minutes is best.

Once it's dry, carefully place your tape pieces over the base colour. Place the triange piece in the middle of the nail first, then mask off the top and the bottom of the hail like so.

Then go over the tape with one even coat of the colour you want the stripes to be - in this case I used Camo. Then gently take the tape back off, as quickly as possible so the polish doesn't dry. Tweezers are quite handy for this, and I find it easiest to do it one nail at a time. Tape, then paint, then tweeze, rinse and repeat for each nail until you're done.

Once all your stripes are in place and the tape is all gone, it's time to get out your dotting tool (or a very fine brush if you have a steady hand) and pop a nice even row of dots in the last colour over your stripes. And then, dadah, you're all done!

Picture Polish Blog Fest 2013

piCture pOlish is available internationally from their website, and there will be lots more posts around the nail blogging community as part of the Blog Fest, so be sure to keep an eye out!


  1. Wow such interesting shades. Love how they look together! These turned out great :)

  2. I love these colours!! The design is so you ;)

  3. Yay for you, those colours would have stumped me and you've made them look awesome!!

  4. This worked really nicely, well done! I'd be stumped too!

  5. Wow, love the colours! I think you played them very well! I love how they have a nice different vibe to them - very unique! :D

  6. I like how funky these colors are together...great job!

  7. Love it! The simple designs are always my favourite, the colours really go off together and I love that anyone can do this.

  8. Love the design! Great job :)

  9. I really don't know what I would have done with 3 colors like these! You did great!

  10. Love that color combo and what you came up with is really pretty!


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