Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bad Boy

Who dat, who dat, who dat boy 👀
I had a a bit of fun back in early February putting together this design inspired by Red Velvet's Bad Boy music video. Given the time frame I painted it in, it also doubled as a kind of alternative Valentine's Day design!

When I first watched the music video I knew straight away that the lips would need to take center stage since the book they were on was such a reoccurring presence in the video. I also really wanted to include some kind of hardware because of the costumes the members wore in the mv. The design on the pinky nail is inspired by the choker that Yeri wears in a few scenes, while the fake nail piercing on the middle finger is inspired more generally by the various chain accessories the girls wore.
Fun fact about the chain: the fake nail piercing on my middle finger is the exact same one I used in my EXO Monster tutorial back in 2016; it was still sitting around in my nail supply box so it saved me some time making a new one.

Fishnets also had a strong presence in the music video, and I thought that it would work well with the other elements. The heart on the index finger is inspired by Seulgi's sunglasses; I think this is the firs time I've played around with glossy/matte finishes in a single nail, so that was a fun technique to try out!

I tossed around the idea of just leaving "Bad Boy" painted white on the thumbnail because it was a lot easier to read from a distance, but in the end I did fill in the centers with black. It made it a bit harder to read from far away, but it did look a lot better in the macro shots.

If you're interested in recreating this design or just want to see the process behind it, I filmed a tutorial for it which you can check out below! If you do recreate this design for yourself please remember to credit me and tag your pics with #looknyanails so that I can see them!


Products Used:
CND - Clear Top Coat
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Essie - Licorice
Essie - Matte About You
Essie - Waltz
Sally Hansen - White On
Serendipity Polish - Big Red Bow
4mm Silver Jump Rings
Silver Chain


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