Tuesday, 18 September 2012

31 Day Challenge Day 18: Half-Moons

Fly me to the moon! The half-moon that is. When I was brainstorming what I could come up with for half-moons, the thought struck me, why not a literal half-moon?! And better yet, who goes to the moon? Astronauts and rocket ships of course! So clearly, half-moons with an astronaut and rocket ship was in order for today.

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How much fun are these?! I started with my absolute favourite black, Sephora by OPI Never Enough Shoes. This isn’t your basic black creme, it has micro micro shimmer glitter throughout it, that cause it to flash a rainbow of colours in the right lighting. I only ever had a mini 4mL bottle from one of those gift sets, and it had run out on me this year, but at our Ontario meetup, Marta had a full size, hardly used bottle to swap! It was pretty much like Christmas to me!

For the moons I used Barielle U-Concrete Me as my base. I freehanded on the half moon with a medium length striping brush. Then I used Maybelline Impeccable Greys as my dark grey to add some definition using the same striping brush. I then used U-Concrete Me again mixed with white to add some of the lighter pieces.

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For my rocket ship I used It’s So Easy Stripe Rite White to create the outline, then I added the definition with It’s So Easy Stripe Rite Black and the red line with It’s So Easy Stripe Rite Red. Have I mentioned how much I adore these stripers? The brush is perfection, and the colour is so richly pigmented that I have no problem completely covering any colour, they work especially well over black. For the fire coming out of the rocket I used Essence Wanna Be Your Sunshine and Essence Wake Up! . The window was done with Pure Ice Silver Mercedes.

There’s a lot of explanation on this one! My astronaut was done with the same polishes as the rocket ship, the only addition would be It’s So Easy Stripe Rite Blue for the blue bits.



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After I needed a something else other than just the moons on my other nails, so I used Essie Marshmallow the best white jelly ever to draw a star and then add Wet n Wild Hallucinate in the center for some sparkle and shine. I used Hallucinate randomly on my thumb and pinky to give the impression of stars far away.

half moons
half moons


I think these are right up there with being one of my favourites that I’ve done so far in the challenge! I didn’t really notice it, but a friend pointed out that the way I drew it looks like the poor astronaut was forgotton by the rest of his team! They are taking off to go back to Earth and he is running to catch up! LOL! Do any of you see that?

These were seriously so much fun to do, and the literal half-moon is pretty awesome right? Right? What do you think of them?

Head over to The Lacquerologist on Tumblr or Facebook to see what awesome half-moons she’s come up with today! :D

See you tomorrow for more space themed nails, Galaxies…

39 comments:

  1. Hah! I was not expecting that. Great job!

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  2. These are so cute!! Ur skills r sick girlie!

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  3. <3 <3 <3 Cute! :) You did a great job on the astronaut. I had to lol at him being forgotten, to me when I fist saw this, it looked like he was dancing!

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    1. Thanks Karen!! <3 I LOVE the dancing interpretation! So good!

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  4. O-M-G... Stephanie, this is beyond fun and really well painted! I love the literal interpretation ;)

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  5. This is totally adorable! Well done!!

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  6. Oh my goodness this is amazing freehand, wow!!!

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  7. These are amazing! You did such a wonderful job.

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  8. You are soooo genius! Omg love this design!

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  9. How ADORABLE!! Love the idea behind the design and prefectly executed! :D love this!

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  10. These are super awesome!! Great job (:

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  11. This is the first time I've whooped out loud upon viewing a manicure. AWESOME job! Amazingly creative interpretation and marvelous execution!

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    1. aww thanks so much! It means a lot!

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  12. Your nails are historic!

    I am crazy about these. I used to work at NASA=space nerd!

    You make me say wow.

    Congratulations on this beautiful gallery and completing the challenge.

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    1. Thanks!!! :D They were sooo fun to make and wear!

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