Because, instead of giving long super-decorated nails that are covered in 3-D bits the side eye, I’m now MAKING them! I admit I bought a kit to make fake whipped cream puffs- basically white caulk and a frosting nozzle. There! I admitted it! I also bought fake clay pies and rhinestones shaped like cherries. I’m turning Japanese (cue up the song that every Japanese major grew to hate). The proof:
I made these for my shop, but for a moment I considered keeping them for myself. This was the first time I ever had an urge to wear gyaru-type Lolita nails. It felt..ruffly. However, I came to my senses, realized I couldn’t work if I wore these and I’m happy to say they found a lovely new home with an Etsy customer.
These nails below failed my quality control because the decals curled up too much, so I thought I’d try them on and take a photo. Rawr! I might not be able to do anything, but at least I’ll look like a sexy beast! (Just kidding, Mom.)
Below are a set of short design nails. I make a lot more of these than the long ones. A lot of people like the longs but would never wear them. The longer are more fun to design since there’s some more space to work with, but a lot harder to sell. But these have a giant purple rhinestone heart on them- getting ready for Valentine’s Day!
I think because I’ve been designing nails lately, looking at Japanese nail magazines, etc. I’m slowly becoming de-sensitized to how weird Japanese nail art is. Very few nails actually surprise me anymore and even nails covered in fake whipped cream and tiny bogus donuts are run-of-the-mill. Even the pointy claws aren’t even that unusual. When you see something every day, it doesn’t seem weird….so please tell me if I’m getting overly wacky. I can’t tell anymore! One clear line that divides the Japanese and Everyone Else: poo. The Japanese love poo. You can buy ice cream in a plastic toilet instead of a cone, golden poo figurines, keychains, poo paperweights…the list goes on. No poo manicures- sorry Japan. Not going to happen.
But it’s odd, because I’m not really cutesy at all, but I’ve been making cute nails lately. Tons of them. And I enjoy seeing exactly how many pearls and baubles I can physically fit on one nail. I wonder if there’s some kind of subverted psychological issue that is luring me inevitably towards all things adorable. I tend to think it’s more Hello Kitty’s subliminal mind warfare. She has no mouth, so she’s had plenty of time to develop ESP. I’m sure she has hypnotic powers of some sort. That would explain her enduring popularity, while her twin sister Mimi has always had to play second fiddle. I betcha most of you didn’t know that HK had a twin sister, right?
The above statement may indeed confirm I’ve been in Japan too long. At the very least, I’ve been up too long. Goodnight all!