Monday, July 2, 2012

Fun with plastic bags

Not too long ago, on my endless trolling of nail blogs, I came across a post where the author used a balled up plastic bag to dab polish onto her nails and I was all like "sweeeeeeet even my lame ass can do that." Of course, because I have the memory of a frickin teetsie fly, I forgot which blog it was (I really need to start writing this shizzz down). Google was no help either. If, by some miracle of God, I actually manage to recall the blog post, I will come back and put the link all up in this post but I probably have a better chance of winning the lottery...

ok enough about my cognitive deficiencies...

SO anyway, months after I read this phantom plastic bag nail polish post, I finally got around to trying it out for myself. And here are the results:

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!! Scary painted monkey claws!!! Sorry for the God awful hand-posing. I wanted to get the full-on view of all 5 nails in one shot. Here's a less terrifying view:

(as always, click pics to enlarge)

Kinda looks like one of those high bouncy balls you get out of those quarter machines that are always in store lobbies. It could also pass as a horrifically failed attempt at water-marbling...hey, I'm just trying to expand my nail art repertoire beyond the occasional Konadicure and bedazzled bimbo accent nails. 

For this mani, I started off with a base of China Glaze Hang Ten Toes that I already had on from the previous day. I busted out my Finger Paints Papier Mache (best white polish EVER) and dripped a few dots out onto the small metal makeup palette I use for nail art shenanigans. Then I wadded up my plastic bag real good, dabbed it into the tiny polish puddle I just made, dabbed it on a paper towel once or twice to get rid of the excess (otherwise, it'd end up being too opaque on the nail) and just randomly touched it here and there to my nails. Then I got out Sally Hansen Insta-dri in Brisk Blue, rewadded my bag so I had a fresh plastic surface to work with and did the whole thing again. After that, I applied 2 coats of Seche Vite just to make everything nice & smooth and proceeded to clean up the mess I made around my cuticles with my trusty Target angled eyeliner brush and a capful of acetone. 

In the end, I wish I had left more of the pink showing through but oh well, whuddiyagonnado?


  1. Cute and I loved "scary painted monkey claws"!

  2. This turned out way cool, it's almost marbled. I've seen plastic wrap manis done like this too!

    1. Thank you! And yes, I wish I could remember some of the blogs I saw this method on before. When I tried to google it (using search terms plastic, plastic bag and nail polish) , I just got lots of posts about making your own polish decals with ziplock bags...which is an awesome idea but not exactly what I was looking for.

  3. How do some girls get all of their nails in the picture without having scary hands? Mine always look weird and boxy but oh well! I quite like the idea of using a plastic bag instead of a sponge or whatever other tool, and we have a gajillion of them in my house. The only problem would be keeping it away from my cat in the process. Normal nails, she cares not for. But plastic bag? PLASTIC BAG OMFGOMFGOMFGOMFG!

    1. IKR?? i swear i have the most awkward-looking unphotogenic hands when i had cats, they were always obsessed with plastic bags, too. they loved to chomp on them. we couldn't even leave a bag out on the counter unless we wanted to find it shredded all over the house...


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