Victoria of Manicurator.com is a guest contributor to the Cirque Colors blog. Read on for swatches and nail art of The Manus x Machina Collection, our latest collaboration with Olivia Kim and The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York.
I've got another design today using the Manus x Machina collection by Cirque Colors. Did you get a chance to see my epic post introducing the shades and showing a fashion inspired nail art behind each design? Check it out! Today's nail art is also inspired by a dress we saw at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Manus x Machina exhibit which is on display now.
Read on for the step by step for this design.
This manicure started with Cirque Colors Holdfast Base Coat and 2 coats of Tulle from The Manus x Machina collection. A light pink-beige crème inspired by the dichotomy of precision and lightness embodied in handmade accents from the various haute couture métiers, including dentellerie (lacemaking), parurier floral (artificial flowers), plissage (pleating), and plumasserie (featherwork).
Once Tulle was dry I used Cirque Colors Don't Forget the Cannoli and Lox and Sable and Nolita Lolita to lay out the base of flowers for this design. I actually mixed a drop of Don't Forget the Cannoli and Nolita Lolita to get the lighter shade of pink I wanted. I used a very small nail art brush to paint them.
Using a small spotter brush I dabbed Cirque Colors Hustle in the center of the large flowers. Then I went back in with the small round brush using Cirque Colors McKittrick and McKittrick mixed with Hustle to paint in the leaves. I dotted Cirque Colors Rita on two of white flowers and that's it.
Top coat with Cirque Colors Liquid Laminate Top Coat and that's it!
I purchased a set of postcards from The Met Gift Shop, you can see my inspiration for this nail art.
"Vilmiron" Dress, Spring/Summer 1952, House of Dior
On a side note, I have always been enamored with embroidery, and saw this exhibit just as I was working up the courage to try my skills at hand embroidery for the first time. I'll let you know on Instagram how that goes!
What do you think? Do you like the floral look, does it match my Dior embroidered inspiration?
Loving how these look, and it's really not as hard as it may seem. Just need a very small brush and a steady hand!
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Through Aug 14, or while supplies last.
All the best,
Victoria is the editor of Manicurator.com, an NYC based beauty blog that has been featured in Nail It! magazine both online and in print. She is an AOL Lifestyle Collective contributor and has had designs featured by Zoya, OPI, China Glaze, Sally Hansen and KISS. Victoria has been able to collaborate on three custom shades she is very proud of: Rescue Beauty Lounge "Manicurator" (no longer available), Picture Polish "Honeymoon", and KBShimmer "Snow Much Fun". A former school teacher, Victoria spends her time taking care of her twin boys, painting her nails and taking photos of them, dreaming up designs and color combos..and thinking about how she wants to find time to travel more, read books more, and start learning embroidery.