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Dec. 2nd, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
The Mandala Manicure
(ok, this sounds like crack but since galaxy manicures have been a thing for a few years now and I LOVE them, here's the Kara-fied, pilots-connected version of one! It's super easy, and if my clumsy butterfingers self can manage it, anyone can! Sorry for the crap quality of the pics, but a webcam was the best I had)

1 bottle of opaque black OR dark blue nail polish
1 makeup sponge (more like a few small pieces of a makeup sponge, cut up)
1 bottle of yellow nail polish (can also be bronze or gold, and should be the kind that isn't super-sheer)
1 bottle of red nail polish
1 bottle of (ligher/brighter) blue nail polish

1 bottle of clear polish with glitters (optional) to finish off
Q-tips/cotton buds (to clean off any mess with)
nail polish remover
STEP 1: Paint your nails with the dark blue or black polish, and wait for it to dry - creme or shimmer finishes are preferable, but whatever it is, it should be opaque in 1 coats.
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STEP 2: Once your nails are dry, take the sponge and use it to dab your yellow/gold/bronze polish (I used bronze here, but yellow/gold is closer to Kara's mandala drawing) in a circle on your nails. (you can use the edge of the sponge to dab colour, if you feel your circles will turn out too thick otherwise)
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STEP 3: Wait for the bronze polish to dry, then use the edge of the sponge to dab red nail polish in a circle inside the bronze. (it doesn't have to be a perfect circle, but it should look like these are sort of circular, and preferably a thin circle - you want the bronze to still be visible).
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STEP 3: Once the red polish dries, use a piece of sponge to dab your bright blue nail polish in the centre of the circles.
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STEP 4: (optional) use a clear polish with some silver glitters in it on the areas of the nail that aren't covered by the mandala, for a 'galaxy' effect.
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and your mandala manicure is complete! It's super easy to do if anyone feels like trying it - and if you don't want to do all ten nails, it's easy enough to paint all the rest of your nails a solid colour and have the nebula/mandala manicure on one nail, as an accent.

PS: You can clean up any messes made on the skin of your fingers using a Q-tip r cotton bud soaked in nail polish remover.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
This is awesome. I might have to try this. Probably as an accent since I just don't have the patience to do all 10. And I have all the colors needed. Squeeee!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
yay, I'm glad someone will try this! It looks great as an accent, especially if the rest of your nails are painted dark.
Dec. 6th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
I did it just for fun on one nail. I might need a darker background color because my son said it kinda looked like Captain America's shield. ;-)

mandala nail
Dec. 21st, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
HA! Awesome. Very clever, indeed! <3
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
That is so much neater than mine! Tho lol @ the Captain America's shield comparison, it looks great.
Dec. 21st, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
Super clever. I love it! <3
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: The Mandala Manicure
I'm glad someone enjoyed it, I do realise it's a bit...unusual for a pilots present, lol


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