Earthy Aurora

Hello! Since this weekend is Earth Day, I decided to try to recreate one of Earth’s greatest (in my opinion) wonders: the aurora borealis.

Now, I’ve tried looking up what exactly the aurora is, but all I could understand through the science was that it’s some sort of reaction with the Earth’s atmosphere around the magnetic poles. Which then gives us the northern lights and the southern lights. Even though i haven’t seen it myself, I just know that it’s beautiful. But my boyfriend has actually seen it on one of his photo trips (@_ymerej_), so I’m using his photos for inspiration. As he put it, it’s like seeing a floating green river in the sky.  It just sounds amazing!

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  The Lady Varnishes – Moon Blinked
  • 2nd Color:  OPI – Feel the Chemis-tree
  • 3rd Color:  Painted Polish – Stamped in Greenery 2.0
  • 4th Color:  Heather’s Hues – The Deepest Kind of Love
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Bundle Monster Poli-Peel cuticle protector
  • makeup sponges
  • nail polish remover
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2

I started with two coats of a beautiful blue that I bought from the polish pickup website. I’m slowly becoming obsessed with indie nail polish. It’s just so fun! But don’t get me wrong, a solid creme polish is always needed. Anyways, then I practiced different ways of doing this design with different polishes on some left over fake nails.

After deciding what I was going to do, I started working on the design on my actual nails. I sponged on some random purple streaks to give some extra dimension. And even though I made sure to remember to add liquid latex, I still managed to make a complete mess on my thumb. I didn’t realize that I had missed a spot until it was too late. 😅

4-19-18 aurora-3
liquid latex + the sponged purple

Next I sponged on the green streaks. I didn’t want them all to be the little s-curve that you normally see, because I wanted some diversity. But I think in end the s-curves look the best. In order to have a straighter line on the bottom, I used the edge of the sponge. And then, in order to blend out the green some more, I added more blue to the top of the aurora lines.

The final look is definitely better than I expected, but it could use a little more blending. Considering all I used was a sponge, this was pretty easy to do, so I wouldn’t mind trying it again.

Well I hope everyone enjoys their Earth Day, and remembers how great this beautiful planet is.

Update:

Unfortunately, my nails didn’t even manage to make it through the weekend without chipping.  But it was small manageable chips until Tuesday morning while I was getting ready for work.  I had a small battle with my hair dryer, and my dryer won.  It took a huge chip off the tip of my thumb nail.  And of course, while I was at work I couldn’t stop picking at it.  So, the entire top half of the thumb nail design was gone.  When I got home I filled it with the blue base color (along with the smaller chips), to keep me from attacking my natural nail.  And then just before taking pictures, I saw the nice little chunk missing from my pointer nail.  No clue where that came from, but at least I didn’t pick at it to make it worse.

 

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