Fandom Nails: S.H.I.E.L.D Logo

Fandom Nails (2)

I’m super proud of my nails this week, mainly because I really didn’t plan anything out. It was just geeky, manicure serendipity that my nails turned out this way. As I was in the middle of painting my nails–nothing fandom related, just painting them–and I decided I wanted to try to recreate the S.H.I.E.L.D logo.

I knew it would be a bit tough, but after last week’s dragon shout nails, I felt up to the challenge. Here’s the thing. I have found that I often struggle with getting a design on my nails because I tend to keep my nails super short. To combat this, I’ve started using Kiss Salon Natural Length Nails–fake, glue-on nails, essentially. They are super cheap, they come with a ton of sizes, and there is no acrylic required. The glue makes sure the nails stay put, but when I inevitably decide that I can’t stand typing with long-ish nails anymore, they’re easy to yank off.

Note: Yeah, I tend to yank fake nails off–acrylic and glued on nails. I highly discourage you from doing that. Pinterest has some better, safer ways to remove acrylic nails, and this video tutorial can tell you how to remove glue-on nails. Their method is far safer, healthier, and less painful than mine. ANYWAY…

So if you’re like me and have tiny nails, the glue-on nail route is a great way to go if you want to give yourself a bit of extra nail space. Apart from the fake nails, here’s what I used:

Salon Perfect, Flamingo Flair

Salon Perfect, White Out

Salon Perfect, Black Diamond

Nicole by OPI High Shine Top Coat

The black polish was a late addition. I added them because my white lines were a little screwy and inconsistent, so I lined them with the black glitter polish to make it seem a bit more slick. I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

Fandom Nails: SHIELD Logo

Like I said, I didn’t set out to do fandom nails, so I initially just had the one. generic accent nail. However, even though it isn’t Marvel or S.H.I.E.L.D-related, I think having a second accent nail balances out the look.

Are you into nail designs? What have you been trying on your nails recently? Let me know in the comments! 

7 thoughts on “Fandom Nails: S.H.I.E.L.D Logo

  1. The design turned out great! And I really love the Flamingo Flair and Black Diamond color. Do you just create the design on one hand, or do you do both? And how did you create the fine lines?

    While I love painting my nails, I don’t do nail art (though, I’d love to!) Whenever I’m overly cautious about painting my nails, my hands seem to shake 10 times worse!

    1. I love that Black Diamond polish. I use it ALL THE TIME. And that Flamingo Flair is a newer polish to my collection, but I love it! So bright and cheerful!

      As for the designs, it depends on what I’m doing. Sometimes I do different stuff on each hand (like the dragon shouts, for instance), but for this one I did the SHIELD logo and the rando line thingy on both hands. Because I’m super nit-picky, I tend to make sure my hands match in *some* way. So even if the designs are different, if the accent nail is my ring finger on one hand, I’ll make sure the accent nail is the ring finger on my other hand.

      I totally get the hand-shaking thing. I’m also asthmatic, so it’s even worse when I’m on my inhaler. The albuterol shakes are the WORST. I still have a really hard time combating shakiness when painting the nails on my right hand (I’m right-handed). I’ve really had to just practice, practice, practice, and be okay with a couple of crappy manis (that take FOREVER). It’s really the only way you can get more comfortable with it. BUT I’ve found using tape or nail strips can help you make straight lines if you don’t want to deal with your own shakiness and want it to go a bit more quickly.

      You should totally just play around with it. It’s a ton of fun, even if your nails turn out awful-looking. Honestly, half the fun for me is dreaming up what to do with my nails and then seeing if I can actually make it happen. 🙂

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