I call this manicure “Girl on Fire” and is inspired by Katniss and her stylist team.
During the 74th game, Katniss mentions her stylists painted flames on her nails…and while this isn’t really flames, it’s a flame fade.
My goal was to use Smoke and Ashes, and make it look like coals glowing. It took 2 attempts for me to get this to it’s current state. I wanted to capture the way a wildfire looks when it’s burning at a distance.
I wanted to use as many colors from the China Glaze Colors of the Capital as I could…
Polishes Used Are….
China Glaze: Riveting, Smoke and Ashes, and Luxe and Lush
Wet n Wild: Fast Dry, 9021 Yellow and Everybody Loves Redmond
Step 1. Paint a base coat on your nails. Step 2. Use a sheer gold-yellow, paint entire nail.
Step 3. Using Riveting (Or another Orange…) get as much polish off the brush as possible, or use a make up sponge and dab the color on the nail, leaving the part closest to your nail bed gold. (See what I meant about Riveting messing with my camera?? You can still see where it should be on the nail however.)
Step 4. Add red just as you did orange. You’ll see now how the color fade into each other.
Step 5. This is the hardest one, because Smoke and Ashes is so dark. You want this to look like coals or wood that the fire is burning off of. Be very careful you don’t add too much, try and keep this limited to the nail tip, and if you do make it too high, don’t be afraid to add more red where the two colors meet to blend it out better. Also, don’t be afraid to make short whisps, it’ll look more like sticks burning. You can use black if you don’t have Smoke and Ashes.
Step 6. Lastly, using Luxe and Lush (Or another chunky texture coat like Zoya or Finger Paints) plop a few blobs at the tip atop the Smoke and Ashes, this will reflect the oranges and yellows, making Luxe and Lush look like glowing embers. Feel free to extend the flecks up into the red.
Step 7. A a healthy top coat!
Happy Hunger Games! May the odds ever be in your favor!