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March 22, 2012
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Straight from the China Glaze “Colours From The Capitol” Hunger Games Collection, and just in time for the movie release (thanks postman!), these are on a base of China Glaze Smoke and Ashes; I ooooohed and ahhhhhed a whole bunch when I got this in my hand, it’s just super pretty in its midnight sparkly blueness… because that shimmer is actually glass flecks dontchaknow.  Once a couple of coats of that dried I used acrylic to go in and add the Hunger Games symbols and title because I still have to keep practicing the lettering (you’d think the blocky nature of this font would’ve made it super easy, but nope!).

Hunger Games Nails

China Glaze Smoke and Ashes

Hunger Games nail art

Colours From The Capitol

The Hunger Games

30 Responses

  1. Meg says:

    Girl, you gots skills!!! This is an amazing mani. Great detail and I think you captured it perfectly. WIN!

    • Sadie says:

      totally! you sooo DE BOMB!!! :P
      nice pics by da way! hehe
      i love the hunger games to, so it makes it even better

  2. Megan W says:

    Great Job! <3 them.

  3. Cher says:

    As with everything you create…..totally awesome. Puts my flame nails to shame. Lol

  4. Aren (RealCuteNails) says:

    I’ve never read the books, but I did just pick up three of the polishes from Ulta (Smoke and Ashes, Luxe and Lush, and Electrify). I can’t wait to try Smoke and Ashes. Looks great here!

  5. the nerd says:

    Aw thanks ladies! I haven’t read the books either but the concept seemed like a slam dunk (and, of course, bolsters the “nerd” rank on the site, non?). It seemed strange that they’d put out such dark/winter colors right now, but in context of the film imagery I’ve seen I guess it makes sense…

  6. simply amazing!! i love how smoke and ashed looks on you too. i am reading the first book now for the first time!

  7. Katie says:

    This manicure is amazing! Smoke and Ashes looks gorgeous too. I’m sporting flames on my nails in anticipation of the movie.

  8. Ashesela says:

    What great work!! Wonderful!!! :D

  9. Helga says:

    Admit it, your hands are really ginormous and that’s why you can paint these beautiful things so tiny!

  10. Thank you! For once I was actually quite pleased with what I’d made..:) However, it was one of those designs that take forever to make, and it’s just the same pattern over and over, so you get kind of bored :/

    I officially need Smoke and Ashes! And I am so amazed at how you can paint these details so.. detailed! It’s amazing! (love the book!)

  11. Maria says:

    Great work as always :)
    Hahahaha I was just writing, that the new captcha loves me, and posted, and got this message: “Something went wrong with your session. You cannot post comments.” It was the Lion…
    Now I copy & paste the lot and try the “Choose the lion to win”…

    • Maria says:

      sorry, the one that went wrong was the elephant…

      • the nerd says:

        I’m starting to think you and I need to go back to carrier pigeons. Not that I’m good with birds, but there are a lot of them around here and I feel like they might be more effective in the long run. :)

  12. Kaki says:

    Awesome job! Love the delicate details!

  13. Meagan says:

    This is simply amazing! you should definitely try and read the books! You are amazingly talented! :)

  14. the nerd says:

    Thanks ladies! I really should read the books… but for now we’re gonna shortcut it and go see the movie tomorrow morning. :)

  15. Rosseeee says:

    OHMYGOSH i cannot wait to see the movie!!!!!! but alas I have no ride, as I am not old enough too. but for anyone that loves the hunger games I found a great parody to We Found Love by Rihanna called We Found Love in the Hunger Games: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalter/we-found-love-in-the-hunger-games

    • the nerd says:

      Oh bummer, the link isn’t working! I’ll go look it up though (because I have Google and know how to use it). I hope somebody’s given you a ride by now though! :)

  16. Isa Zanon says:

    Nossa adorei suas unhas!!
    Você já assistiu ao filme?

    I loved your nails!!
    Did you see the film?


    • the nerd says:

      Not yet, isn’t that awful? I wanted to go but other stuff came up and, you know, best laid plans and all that… They’re playing it at the theatre just a couple of miles down the road, I’m hoping this work week won’t be totally bonkers and I can take the afternoon off to bike over and see it finally!

  17. Looks So Hard says:

    It looks hard . do u use nail art tips or just the nail polish brush?

    • the nerd says:

      I think the hardest part is just the patience — you can correct mistakes if you make them, it all takes time is sort of the ish. For this stuff I use MASH nail art brushes, and for the REALLY fine detail like those little red lines I use a brush that’s had all but two of the bristles cut away. It’s ridiculous, I own that.

  18. Sarah says:

    These are amazing! I was looking up pictures of the Hunger Games (I’m a super-fan, and have read all the books twice and seen the movie 4 times)and found this. You did such a great job. Maybe you can do my nails like this once! Lol.

  19. Michealle says:

    you’re so creative! i can’t believe you can make 540 cool ideas!

  20. Elise says:

    Okay, so I am new to this whole nail art thing and just gotta ask…when you say you went back and did the design in acrylic what exactly does that mean? Did you actually paint your physical nail and then mold the design on your nail with colored acrylic? Thanks in advance and I looove your blog! :)

    • the nerd says:

      Thanks Elise! “going back and doing the design in acrylic” is just my backwards way of saying “I painted my nails and then sat there for hours like a goof with a very small brush and pots of acrylic paint to draw these directly on top of the nail polish”. You can also use the DIY nail transfer technique (it’s always near the top of my most popular list on the sidebar over there) if you want to try doing a design but don’t have the patience/time to paint something directly on your nail… Really handy if you’ve got a design planned but can’t get it all done at once; you can paint for awhile, set it down, come back a day later and keep working on it without having a half-finished mess on your hands.

  21. Alyssa says:

    omg if my friendz saw that theyd die like i am right now go hunger games!!!!!!!!!!!!! TEAM KATNISS

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