Saturday, December 22, 2018


Originally posted on October 24.

You all know that I'm an EXO-L so I'm sure none of you are surprised that I wanted to support NAMANANA, Lay's American debut song and album!

It's been a while so I don't really remember a ton about the design process for this set, but I do remember latching onto the scene for the ring finger nail pretty quickly. It's super intricate, but the shot just looked so pretty that I had to put it on my nail.

From there I think I was mostly looking for scenes to compliment the black and gold colour scheme; I turned Yixing's studio (or personal?) logo gold to match the planetary chart, and chose one of the eye scenes for the pinky because that symbol kept popping up.

Since the music video largely took place in a desert I wanted to do something sandy, but painting rolling sand dunes sounded difficult and not super appealing to me. Instead I took one of the intro shots where the song name is superimposed over a desert shot and changed the text to black to match the rest of the nails.

At the time I was kind of nervous about using the desert motif in this design because it was just before EXO's DMUMT comeback. At that point, all the teasers for the album pointed to some kind of motorcycle/desert theme for the music video so I was worried that this NAMANANA design and my future Tempo design would end up looking too similar.
Thankfully, (or not depending on how invested in the desert biker concept you were), the Tempo music video turned out to be darker and more of an SM box set - no desert scenes there!

You can check out the tutorial for this design on my Youtube channel below! Please credit me if you recreate this design and tag your photos with #looknyanails so I can see your pretty recreations!


Products Used:
CND - Vinylux Topcoat

Essie - Cocktails & Coconuts
Essie - Good as Gold
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Essie - Licorice
Essie - Mochacino
OPI - My Vampire is Buff
Reeves White Acrylic Paint


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