Here’s a fun Southwestern themed manicure for today- chili peppers.
Recently, I made a dusty brownish burgundy background with red and a couple drops of green crème, but I wasn’t that thrilled with the color. It sort of clashed with my skintone and just didn’t do anything for me. However, it was a perfect Southwestern color- sort of the same shade as those wreaths of dried peppers that I’ve seen in New Mexico. I decided to do some Southwesterned theme nail art over the color that I wasn’t crazy about.
So, I painted the chili pepper shapes with white crème over the burgundy. If I had just painted the chilis directly on, they would have been very hard to see over the dark background. The white allows the color to “pop” more. After the white was dry, I painted on a translucent red (Essie Jelly Apple), yellow (China Glaze Yell-O-Neil) and green (New York- Amaranth) to make the various peppers. Make sure the shade you paint over the white is not very opaque, or the peppers won’t stand out as much. I mixed a lighter green for the stems and applied in the same way. Finally, I outlined the peppers with my Sally Hansen nail art pen after the everything was dry. Don’t forget to add a topcoat- the nail art pen is water-soluable.
I painted the thumb and pinkie in a striped pattern in the same colors as the peppers.
Those wicked peppers are up to no good- just waiting to cause heartburn! I love spicy food, but sometimes those chilis really fight back.