Today was a tough one for me, and I had been planning it all month, and then all my plans for today went out the window. After searching and searching for a piece of art that was easy to do but not overdone, I was originally planning to do a Pollock inspired splatter mani, but I realized I need more practice with that. So then I had a realization: today would have been my maternal grandmother’s birthday if she were still here (we unfortunately lost her in 2001). So I wanted to do a mani honoring her, but still had the challenge mani to do. So I figured, why not combine the two? So I shot some relatives some texts and figured out from my aunt that my grandmother liked Monet, which led to a quest to try to do a Monet inspired look.
I found a tutorial on YouTube for a mani inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies, which sparked this look. I actually didn’t use anything in the tutorial, but used it to determine I could do something similar. I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Hard to Get. I then sponged a gradient on using Hard to Get, Shades of the Season Light Blue and Revlon Royal. After that, I used a black striper to make the seaweed, and a small dotting tool with Simple Pleasures Light Pink, then a smaller dotting tool with Hard to Get. Topped off with NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat. I’m happy with the look, it actually came out exactly as I thought it would in my head, which is a rarity for me, lol. Tomorrow is Flag Inspired Nails. I’ve always known what I’m doing for this one (and it, in fact, also honors my grandmother, so that’s cool.)