MANICURE MONDAY - Vileplume
I had a long standing promise to one of my friends, Jasper, to evolve my Gloom into a Vileplume, her favourite pokemon, which I finally did last week. As a result, I’ve had Vileplume on the brain for a while now.
I really like the idea that the petals are super large and almost conceal the face of Vileplume. Also, since the Quicksilver nails I did, er, quickly, I also enjoy the idea of using the thumb as a face/head and the other four nails as a unit to express the rest of the character. So for this manicure, the thumb, or body of the Vileplume can be hidden under the larger petals, like the real Vileplume.
Below is the big long blabbering of text explaining what I did in case anyone else wants to do it. Apparently Tumblr doesn’t allow me to add post cuts to photo posts. :[
Ink - JOE FRESH
Violet - JOE FRESH
Cherry - JOE FRESH
Pineapple - JOE FRESH
Sun Kissed - JOE FRESH
Surprise, surprise, I use JOE beauty products too. Anyway, most of the paints here are not super opaque so I had to experiment to get a nice dark purple for Vileplume’s body and pollen cloud.
So for the first step, the undercoat, I used Ink on the thumbs, and Cherry on the rest of my nails. Cherry is probably one of the better ones because it gives a really smooth, uniform coat (in short, I don’t need to do a second coat to properly paint my nails). The Ink is a really nice deep blue, but can be a bit thin at times. Extra bonus, it has a bit of glitter to it. I learned the hard way to let this coat dry completely before putting more paint on top (I’m really impatient, okay?).
The next layer, which I’m aptly calling THE SECOND COAT is a little more fun. For the thumbs, I just tried to put a nice uniform coat of Violet over the entire nail. The Violet paint is a bit thin and not as easy to put on as the Cherry, but with Ink as an undercoat makes a really nice and rich purple. For the rest of the nails, just polka-dot the Pineapple paint however you see fit. I just kinda globbed it on and let it dry. Also the globs kinda spread and flattened, so don’t put them too close together or you’ll just get a monster dot.
It looks pretty dang cool already, but we’re not even done yet. The final coat is where it comes to life (also where I kinda messed up but shhhhh I won’t tell if you won’t). Since the thumb is to be the entire body of Vileplume I wanted to put the face on the upper half of the nail. I tried to make mine smile, but seeing as how my most precise instrument is the paint brush it kinda just looks like it’s yelling. Which is pretty intense. The ‘petals’ were topped off with a final coat of glittery gold paint, Sun Kissed. I really like Sun Kissed because it’s quite translucent (so it’s pretty much always a top coat). Not only does it catch the light and shimmer a bit more, but Vileplume always had a cloud of pollen around it, which I’ve tried to emulate with this final coat. Even though it’s a top coat I made sure this coat was extra thin so it wouldn’t overpower the rest of the paint. It also has an extra bonus of smoothing out the paint so I don’t rub it off.
And there you have it. An overly long explanation of Vileplume nails! I’m willing to take any other suggestions for next week’s Manicure Monday! Just keep in mind I don’t have black nail polish.