Hello and good morning, lovely readers!  Or good afternoon or evening or whatever time it is where you are.  It's morning here for me, and I'm drinking a cup of peppermint tea and being excited about the beginning of the Olympics!  I don't know if I'll get to watch much of the games this year, but I'm wearing a bit Olympics-esque excitement on my nails anyway.

All photos taken in my "light box"

Steph over at Imperfectly Painted is inviting her readers to share their Olympics-themed manicures, so I decided I should give it a shot and see what I could come up with.  I'm actually quite proud of how it ended up once it was done!  I think my freehand skills are improving.

I started out by putting the Olympic rings on my ring fingers, but that was rather fiddly work, so I ended up adding stripes in the same colors on the surrounding fingers.  If I'd been paying more attention, the colors on the stripes would have been in the same order as the colors for the rings, but it was dim, and I got green and blue mixed up, and it went downhill from there.  I still think it looks snazzy, but I do wish they were in order.

Okay.  The process.  I used:

  • ULTA Blue Streak
  • Sinful Colors (yes, I know they're in trouble right now, but I don't have enough other polishes to avoid them completely, so let's overlook this for the moment, shall we?) Pull Over
  • Sinful Colors Black on Black
  • China Glaze Holly-Day
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rapid Red
  • Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Sinful Colors Basecoat and NYC Topcoat (not pictured)
  • Very skinny paintbrush, a pencil, and some acetone (also not pictured)

I started by painting all my nails with three coats of Snow Me White.  Once that was mostly dry, I made the Olympic ring design by making a large dot in each color with my pencil eraser, and then making a smaller dot in white in the center of each with the pencil tip.  Even though they seem simple, I felt like making the rings was pretty tedious, and I had trouble making large, round dots with my sub-par tools and curved nail beds.  So I decided that I would do something simpler on the rest of the nails... like free-hand stripes!  I know, I'm crazy.  I actually didn't think the stripes were too bad.  I used a very thin brush and some acetone to draw thin lines of each color.  I started with the black line, diagonally across the middle of my nail, and then I added the other stripes on either side.  I added some blue and red stripes on my right thumbnail, and I very carefully wrote "2012" on my left thumbnail, although I practiced on paper first a few times!  Aaaand finished it all off with topcoat.

Let the games begin!  My nails are ready. :)