Monday, December 07, 2020

Dear My Dear (Shall We?)

Originally posted on October 5th, 2019.

EXO's ballad king Chen is back with his second mini album, and I'm back with a design inspired by it!

Like with his first album back in April, I was inspired by the digital album cover for this design. The music video for Shall We was very pretty, but I was just feeling too inspired by the album cover to not paint it. I loved the painting style of it and had a fun time trying to recreate it on my nails.

Even though it probably looks like the easiest part of these nails, I'm particularly proud of the thumb. It was actually really difficult figuring out how to make the clouds look semi-sheer like they do on the album cover. You'd probably be surprised at just how many layers of sheer white polish and acetone went into creating that effect. 

The challenge with the rest of the nails was less to do with figuring out techniques, and more to do with figuring out which colours to use. Even though the city scape looks pretty orange, when you zoom in there's a lot of different colours all coming together to make the final product. As a result, I ended up using a whole 30 (!!) polishes to make this look. I also chose not to topcoat these nails to preserve all the brushstrokes and give the whole thing a more painterly look!

A little belated side note (or early, if you're considering this post to be from October '19), but I'd just like to extend my congratulations and love to Jongdae in light of him becoming a husband and a father! I'm so happy for him and I wish nothing but health and happiness for him and his family. ♥

While it's kind of more of a speed-paint than a tutorial at this point, if you want to try this design out for yourself you can check out the video on my Youtube channel below. Please remember to tag me (@nyanails or #looknyanails) on Instagram if you recreate this design so that I can see them!


Products Used:
Butter London - Priming Base Coat
China Glaze - Good as Marigold
Ciaté - Loop the Loop
CND - Apricot in the Act
CND - Banana Clips
CND - Happy Holly Day
CND - Hold on Bright
CND - Naughty or Vice
CND - Taxi, Please
CND - Vinylux Topcoat
CND - Winter Nights
Essie - All Access Pass
Essie - As If!
Essie - Go Ginza
Essie - Licorice
Essie - Master Plan
Essie - Mink Muffs
Essie - Style Cartel
Essie - Topless & Barefoot
Essie - Waltz
Face Shop - Diablue
GOSH - Lazy Green
JOE Fresh - Lime Juice
L'Oreal - Moka Chic
Nature Republic - Lemon Yellow
OPI - My Vampire is Buff
Sally Hansen - In Nude-tral
Sally Hansen - Miami Ice
Sally Hansen - Sweet Tea
Sally Hansen - White On


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