Gray is a really easy color to mix yourself- just black and white! One tip: Add the black drop by drop to the white- don’t try to add white to black or you’ll find you waste a lot of polish! I poured a bit of white polish into my silicone baking cup, then added black bit by bit.
This is 15 parts white and one part black. Both the black and white polish I used are dollar store ones, so you can get a good result with even cheap polish.
You can see this gray leans toward the cool side- that means it contains blue in the base. All black polishes are not created equal- some have a red or purple undertone, but you’ll never know until you add white to it. Fascinating, I know, but I’m a bit of a color nerd, so it is interesting to me, at least.
I really like the color combination of a darker gray and silver. It’s fresh and modern, but not too edgy for every day wear. Here’s some super-quick random silver dots (China Glaze Sci-Fi) over the gray base.
If anyone’s interested, I could do a dotting tool tutorial. You can make dots, hearts, flowers, etc. with an inexpensive tool, even if you consider yourself to be painting-challenged. Any takers?
Nail school is going well- we’ve covered basic hygiene, anatomy and filing various shapes. We’ll be going onto basic art in the next couple weeks, so that’ll be very interesting. While I can paint pretty well, I am also one of the slower ones in the class since I’m a terrible perfectionist. Yes, I know you can just wipe polish off the cuticle after painting if need be, but it feels like cheating.
Um, also: just a public service announcement: If your nails are GREEN without any polish on, see a doctor pronto. We were asked what we should do if we saw a client with green nails. I wanted to say, “Prepare for a zombie attack and load the shotgun!” but that’s just my weird sense of humor. Some folks did think it was a good idea to cover it with polish, but that’s incorrect. If your nails are green, see a doctor. Please.