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Sunday, 16 February 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Colour Block

Hi everyone! Tonight I have a simple but really striking manicure to show you. I just recently got the OPI Gwen Stefani collection and I am really impressed with it. I love the colours, the variety and the textures. I feel like this is a really well thought out collection and a really good representation of Gwen Stefani and her style. 

I could not wait to try these out and I had an exact manicure in mind. When I first saw the promo shots for the collection Gwens nails just jumped out at me. I loved the simple pink and black colour blocking. It is bold and eye-catching. I knew I had to recreate it. 

OPI Hey Baby & 4 In The Morning




 
I started out my mani with 2 coats of Hey Baby which is a bright pink creme. The formula and application were really good and this dries so shiny! I did use a coat of topcoat anyway but even before, it was really glossy. This is not the most original pink I don't suppose but it really is a good one. If you need a great pink creme for your collection, thist could be it! Here is a swatch of it alone before I added nail art!


OPI Hey Baby

I then used tape to recreate the geometric shapes Gwen is wearing on the promo shots. I blocked off a square of pink, leaving an 'L' shaped space to paint black at the base of the nail and up one side. The ring finger is a little different and is just half pink and half black. After placing my tape, I used 4 In The Morning over the exposed areas and removed the tape. 

4 In The Morning is a black satin finish polish. I really love this finish and how unique it is. The formula was lovely and allowed me to do one smooth coat before removing the tape. For a full mani, I would probably use 2 thinner coats. There is some silver shimmer which is not really noticeable on the nail without topcoat but I think with topcoat it would show more, especially in direct lighting. The satin finish is not quite matte and has a lovely sheen to it. I chose not to add topcoat to my mani as I love the contrast between the super glossy bright pink and the edgy, satin black. 
 
OPI Hey Baby & 4 In The Morning


All in all I find this mani pretty sexy and I plan on wearing it for a good few days! What do you think of it? Did you pick up any of this collection?

6 comments:

  1. This is so cool, i love it, the black and pink go so well together, a very cool design.

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  2. Actually she used Hey Baby and I sing in Color, the dark burgundy, but like your look too.

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    1. Yes but as it looks almost black anyway I preferred to use 4 In The Morning to have the texture aspect too. Thanks.

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    2. I agree with the matte finish the contrast is more noticeable than the burgundy, your right, it does almost look black, that's why I didn't get that one!!!!

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