Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Lana Del Rey "Young And Beautiful" Nails

This week Twinsie Tuesday theme has us creating gradients with seasonal colors. Late January is kind of a yucky time in Michigan, where everything goes from being snowy white to grey, sloppy and slushy . It's not spring, but it's not exactly a winter wonderland outside either. My first thought was to do something with pastels, because I'm dying to wear spring colors, but with all the wintery mush outside, spring still feels so far away here!

So I turned to another idea. I am a huge Lana Del Rey fan and I've been wanting to recreate her nails in her video for "Young And Beautiful" for quite some time now. Since Lana is sporting a red and gold gradient in the video, this seemed like the perfect opportunity! Plus red and gold are such great colors for winter.

For my version of Lana's manicure, I started with a base of OPI Quarter Of A Cent-Cherry. Then I dabbled on OPI Gliterland with a sponge and basically dicked around until I thought it looked halfway decent. This is only the second gradient I've ever done (the first being my gradient for our TT holiday gift theme), so I won't pretend like I've developed any kind of special techniques. ;)  I wound up with a lot more gold on my nails than I originally intended to, so it's not an exact replica of Lana's look, but I think it turned out pretty well.

As much as I try and avoid nail art, I actually enjoy doing gradients quite a bit! Anything involving lines is always really tricky for me, so I like that gradients don't require a ton of precision to achieve.

If you're looking for more gradients, then be sure to check out my fellow Twinsies too! There are lots of different ways to do gradients, so I'll be interested to see how everyone else chooses to make theirs!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra


  1. Super cool! I really love the inspiration behind your look!

  2. I only know like 2 of her songs :P I think you did an amazing job of recreating her nails! (I love the full hand shot by the way)

  3. Great interpretation of the theme - Red and Gold are very seasonal in winter without being too literal! I love the combo together.

  4. This is really pretty Chelsea! I love seeing your take on celebrity manis! As for Lana, I've grown to love her music. Young and Beautiful is my favorite song of hers.

  5. Love Lana's music! Red and gold is such a classic combo.

  6. Nice inspiration and fabulous execution!

  7. this looks great Chelsea! I think gradients are the easiest nail art. I hope to see more from you.

  8. very cool inspiration!!! love thissss

  9. This mani is so fun! I love the colors you used!

  10. Great re-creation! It's beautiful!


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