Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Let's Love

Originally posted on April 4th, 2020.

Our leader is here with his solo debut!

I'm so happy that more and more of the exos are getting their own solos; all of their albums have such different vibes, and it's been so interesting seeing what styles they go for as individual performers as opposed to their group stuff.

I enjoyed the kind of rock ballad vibe Junmyeon went for with the whole Self Portrait album, and this design is how interpreted the music video for the title track, Let's Love.

SUHO Let's Love Nails

SUHO Let's Love Nail Art

I can't believe I committed to painting three (3) whole portraits of Junmyeon for this one design. But I guess since the album's name is Self Portrait, it is rather appropriate.

I didn't have too, too many different sketches for this design, only about 8, so only 3 weren't used in the final look.

For the thumbnail, I wavered back and forth on whether I wanted to use this painterly logo from one of the album covers, or if I wanted to be funny and use the self portrait that Junmyeon drew of himself with bunny ears. Thankfully, my friend talked me out of that plan, and I went with the more artistic concept.

EXO SUHO Self Portrait Nail Art

Off the bat I knew I wanted to paint the reflection of Junmyeon in the glass shard, but I had also considered painted in the shattered glass itself on another nail. That idea ended up getting swapped out for the light on the pinky.

I liked that the portrait on the middle finger brings in the blue tones from the thumb.
The portrait on the ring finger nail was the last to join the crew, but I found it worked because it also matched with some of the thumb's orange elements.

Overall, I was quite happy with how this design turned out, and very impressed with myself for sticking with it through painting three whole portraits, when portrait work is usually something I try to stay away from.

EXO SUHO Let's Love Nails

SUHO Self Portrait Nails

SUHO Let's Love Nail Art

If you want to try this design out for yourself you can check out the tutorial 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 - Frisky Business
Butter London - Mink Grey
Butter London - Priming Base Coat
China Glaze - Lavenduh!
China Glaze - Prairie Tale Ending
China Glaze - Senora Flora
Ciaté - La Confidential
Ciaté - Loop the Loop
CND - Barefoot Bash
CND - Splash of Teal
CND - Teal the Wee Hours
CND - Vinylux Topcoat
Essie - Groove is in the Heart
Essie - Licorice
Essie - Master Plan
Essie - Mink Muffs
Essie - Mixtaupe
Essie - Ruffles & Feathers
Essie - Style Cartel
Essie - Waltz
Face Shop - Diablue
Joe Fresh - Plaster
OPI - Como Se Llama?
OPI - It's a Pizza Cake
OPI - Primarily Yellow
Sally Hansen - Grey-Dreaming
Sally Hansen - Greyfitti
Sally Hansen - In Nude-tral
Sally Hansen - Slate-r Girl
Sally Hansen - Sweet Tea
Sally Hansen - White On


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