Sunday, 23 March 2014

FingerFood's Theme Weeks - Freestyle

This week's theme gave us a lot of freedom, so I used it as an excuse to try out a manicure I've been planning for quite a while. I am quite a geek, and recently I've been considering how to make different superhero themed manicures - the colours, layouts and so on. One of the first ones that popped to my mind was a look inspired by Rorschach from Watchmen, the broken, sociopathic vigilante with delusions of righteousness and no qualms about his methods.

Polishes used: OPI Off With Her Red, Nails Inc Hampstead Gardens, Leighton Denny On The Rocks and Hint of Mint, OPI You Don't Know Jacques

I started of with a base of Nails Inc Hampstead Gardens on my pointer, thumb and ring finger, and Leighton Denny Hint of Mint on middle and pinky. The weird mustard shade mirrors the dirty trench-coat Rorschach wears, while the off-white base works great as the background for the mask pattern. I then sponged on some 'dirt' stains with OPI You Don't Know Jacques and Leighton Denny On The Rocks.

Rorschach inspired manicure
The black ink spot pattern was done with Misa I Will Survive and a dotting tool - it got a bit messy, and I feel it looks a bit too much like a face, but I guess that's the feature of the Rorschach blots - we see things in them :) The blood spatter was dotted on with OPI Off With Her Red, but next time I might give the proper splatter technique a go. The whole manicure was finished with Orly Matt Top.

I really like how the dirt stains look here.
This manicure was super fun to do and surprisingly easy too! All it required was random sponging and some dotting in a vaguely symmetrical manner.

Polishes I used: 
  • Nails Inc Hampstead Gardens - an amazing weird mustard yellow/brown colour polish, with a crème finish. It's very easy to apply, opaque in two coats and dries slightly darker than the bottle shade. I got in in a Nails Inc lucky dip, and was super happy to see it!
  • Leighton Denny Hint of Mint - off-white crème, leaning towards the greenish-yellow end of white. Opaque in two medium coats, but a bit patchy and uneven. If I were to wear it alone, I would probably give it three coats to be safe. Great shade as a base for nail art. 
  • Leighton Denny On The Rocks - light brown base with subtle shimmer, on its own opaque in two coats.
  • OPI You Don't Know Jacques - beautiful taupe crème, glossy and light. On its own opaque in two coats.
  • OPI Off With Her Red - tomato red crème, nicely opaque (full coverage in two coats) and good for nail art.
  • Misa I Will Survive - super opaque black crème, perfect for nail art or as undies.

Thanks for looking, and check out other freestyle manicures below!


  1. Love this! We need to have a Superhero week - remind me when we're picking the next set of themes! :D

    1. Thanks! I'd be super happy to do superhero week :D

  2. I really like this mani and the colors work well together great job :) xx

  3. this is cute and fun nailart ! well done

  4. Hi, I don't know if you are interested but I nominated you for a Liebster Award:
    The post also contains links to some other nail art blogs you might find interesting.

    1. Thanks for nominating me! I already got one a while ago - but I'll be happy to answer more questions :D

  5. awesome! i just googled Rorschach and i like where you got your inspiration from :D

  6. This is cool! And Nails Inc Hampstead Gardens is one of my favourite polishes - I love 'weird' colours, lol!


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