Painted Ladies

Sophy Robson
Nails are back. Lately I’ve seen ladies go back to painting their nails after what seems like decades of sporting the natural nail look. I should have guessed something was up, when Sophy Robson, a London based nail artist who works on fashion editorials and catwalk shows, started a blog, and I immediately fell in love. All her musings and behind-the-scenes shots of her work make her blog a must-visit even if you like to keep your nails bare.

Style Bubble posted a while back about multi-colored nails… while I liked them, it reminded me too much of the first season of Dexter (if I haven’t set off your nerd alert… now’s the time it should be going off). I really love Sophy’s version, picutred above with her gradient nails. The effect is still dramatic, but not so cartoony. It may take a second to register that something different is going here. Perhaps we could try the old art school exercise of making a grey scale, with our nails… I always sucked at it, but Sophy would be great at it.

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    I agree with Nicole- I never got used to my nails looking natural… so I’ve always gone through color phases! I love the gradient nails above
    .-= PAPERFASHION´s last blog ..CIRCLES =-.

  2. Ashe Mischief

    Yes! I knew something was up with the nails Susie posted, but I couldn’t put my finger on it (har har). Definitely s1 of Dexter!

    Unlike Nicole & PaperFashion, I’ve a hard time sporting color on my nails. Once that shit starts to chip, I notoriously start to peel it off. I’m working on being better about it, and trying harder to “keep it up.” It’s hard though.

    Gradient… if I could get someone to do that for me, I’d be in heaven.
    .-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..Ch-Ch-Changes =-.

  3. Ondo Lady

    Oh I love coloured nails and I find the idea of multi coloured nails interesting. I don’t think I am there yet but I am sure it will grow on me in a few months. Btw if anyone ever invents a nail polish that never chips please drop me a line.
    .-= Ondo Lady´s last blog ..Style Sample Magazine =-.

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    ❤ nicole…oh red nails! classic!
    ❤ paper…what colors do you always come back to?
    ❤ ashe…omg,i do the EXACT same thing! and i know it sounds wierd, but i can feel my pulse under my nails when they are painted, it’s like they’re gasping for air, or i don’t know…it’s just wierd, so i start picking at then to try to break them free.
    ❤ ondo…oh yes, i’m sure! with me, things usually have a way of working their way into my mind slowly but surely.
    ❤ kate… heheh that’s so awesome. actually my toenails are black, i like it a lot.

  5. Carolyn

    Thats so pretty! My only problem with painting my nails is the fact that I garden. I forget they are painted and end up totally trashing them. I still paint them red though- all the time. Usually, chipped up, trashed red, but, red nonetheless.
    .-= Carolyn´s last blog ..The one dollar outfit =-.

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    ❤maria… must get more gradients. ;)
    ❤carolyn… there is something divine about red chipped nails….
    ❤shen-shen…you said it!
    ❤ashe..oh i think it’s normal they only last a week… that’s what i hear anyway… but yeah, i feel you on the oil spill feeling.
    ❤dapper.. oh yes, though there is nothing wrong with skittles, i just would rather eat them than have them on my nails… ;)

  7. Lucy

    agh I just bought a chalky pink nail lacquer but I suck at painting my nails. and I really don’t get how people paint their writing hand’s nails. my left hand would make spontaneous movements back when I painted my nails in middle school. manicures can be expensive…but maybe I’ll try getting one… :\

    not that I don’t love the natural nails look! out of everything that’s part of my appearance I like my nails most. :b
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Last Look: Lonchamp SS 2009 ad campaign =-.

  8. Amika

    Love the gradient look, very creative. Maybe i’ll try it but then from red towards a magenta pink. (i’ll wonder if it would still look cool)
    On my hands i usually sport the natural look because of the habit that that used to be demanded of me for work..
    I love glitter but those sparkly nailpolishes never seem to want to come off! Really frustrating.
    I really want a good metallic polish but i can’t seem to find one :(

  9. Korka

    I love this gradient look. I work a lot with different shades of purple in my art so this is right up my alley!

    I wonder if you can buy empty bottles of nail polish (new, with a brush in the cap and everything), because I’d like to start mixing my own colors…
    .-= Korka´s last blog ..Last Week of Project Survival =-.

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