Friday, 12 April 2013

The Diviners

Hey everyone! Today I have a manicure that took me quite a while to complete, probably an hour or two, but it seems only fitting as the book is quite a lengthy one (at least for YA standards).

The book is The Diviners by Libba Bray and it is pos-i-tute-ly fantastic! The story is set in the 1920s and I loved the art deco-look of the cover. I couldn't get the idea of doing a tarot card nail out of my head so I gave it a go. Before I started, I drew it out to get an idea of the proportions I'd have to use to get it to fit on my nail.

And here are the products I used, all of them are mentioned in the description below.

Let's start with the tattoo nail: I started with a base of Chi Chi Can't Buy My Love. Then I added a coat of Butter London Hardware top coat and waited for that to dry. I took Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black and drew the horizontal lines, and then the outline of the two people. I added the sun, the rays and then the VI and the word LOVER (I didn't quite space it right so I had to leave off the S!)

I used Barry M Mushroom and a thin brush to draw the trees on either side as well as the hair on both people. I added the green using Glam Nails nail art pen in Emerald Green and the flowers with Glam Nails nail art pen in Cherry Red. I filled in the sun using Zoya Creamy and a thin nail art brush. I filled in the people using Glam Nails nail art pen in Snow White.

For the black and gold nails: I started with a base of Orly Liquid Vinyl. Then I took a Glam Nails nail art pen in Metallic Gold and drew the art deco style diamondy-triangles. I didn't think the finish was good enough so I took a thin nail art brush and Bloom Goldie and went over them.

For the index finger I wanted to feature the lacy sleeves on the arms. On the morning I did this manicure I just happened to see this video tutorial on rosey nails and thought the layered petals looked similar to the pattern on the sleeves. I painted the nail using Barry M Matt White and then I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black to draw the roses and the lines between them.

I had my doubts about this mani, espesh the tarot card nail, but I'm glad I gave it a go. Using nail art pens (or regular markers) really makes little details a lot easier!

Have a swell weekend ;)


  1. I love that cover of THE DIVINERS. I have yet to read the book, but it is for sure on my list for the year. I also LOVE your nails. You are amazing. My nails have definitely never looked so pretty.

  2. OMG that is insanely detailed and impressive! Love it!

  3. I LOVE IT. Your nails are a work of art! I really want to read the book now lol.

  4. This is amazing! I love all the nails, individually and in combination.

  5. I am absolutely astounded by this Mandee! Your nails are AMAZING! Love, love, love how well they match the book :) You are incredibly talented.

  6. Lauren - I like it too, but I don't mind the US version either :)

    Tsana - thank you!

    Alexa - I think you'd really enjoy the book!

    UKNR - thanks!!

    Rey - thanks so much, hun!

    :D xox

  7. Wow, those are amazing! That is the best Diviners cover. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mands! This is absolutely amazing - I adore that cover and your mani. It's just swell! ;)

  9. Oh. My. Gosh. You've definitely raised the bar with this one. Wow.

  10. Wow the detail in your work is incredible!! This is an amazing manicure!!!

  11. agreed, your attention to detail is amazing - this is fab!

  12. Britt - I like the US version, but I LOVE this version!

    Michelle - thank you, hun!

    Magz - thanks! I keep comparing all my latest manis to this one and they all fall short

    Chentelle - thank you so much :)

    NinjaB - thank you!!

  13. These are incredible and they are so amazingly detailed! I love the black and gold nails the most, would love to see them as a full set but I've never been competent at doing my nails anything but a single colour, though your posts make me really want to work on that!

  14. This is amazing! Well done, you clever thing!


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