Muscle Car-Inspired Racing Stripe Nails + OPI Red My Fortune Cookie Ratingby Scott Gents on Feb 29, 2012 • 5:58 pm 8 Comments
Alright, so today’s post (as promised yesterday) is my attempt at a “racing stripe” accent nail, which was inspired partly by some recent fashion week trends of which I’ve heard, and also by my love of muscle cars!
I realize that the car incorporated into my featured image is only an RS, and probably has nothing more than a 6-cylinder/4-speed automatic combo under the hood, but that’s kind of irrelevant for our purposes. I just wanted to show an example of the paint job I was trying to mimic.
Of course, any Camaro I purchased would need to have the latest LS-series 8 cylinder powerplant mated to a manual gear-select.
ANYway, you may be wondering what products I used to create this look. Here’s a list:
1. OPI “Red My Fortune Cookie” & “Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees” (for the dark lines)
2. Essie “Blanc”
3. Seche Vite QDTC
4. Frog Tape
Basically I did a red manicure and then masked off the area where I wanted the lines to appear, then painted the desired colors over the masked areas.
I had to cut thin strips of tape using a razor knife and a straight-edge in order to get the fine definition I was looking for.
Also, peeling the tape masks off before your polish is completely dry helps prevent peeling off the whole design.
“What’s Frog Tape?” I’ve had one reader ask what “Frog Tape” is. In short, its a painter’s tape used for masking off areas when painting walls in the home. It’s available at most hardware stores, and is relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider how little you’ll be using for any given manicure. I’ve included an image of it in the gallery to help you find it in the store, or you can google the term “frog tape” for more information.
QuantRate: OPI Red My Fortune Cookie
Formula Subscore: 49.6/55
Brush Subscore: 35/36.5
Bottle Subscore: 7.65/8.5
Total Composite Score: 92.25/100
Quality Rank: Excellent
Red My Fortune Cookie is a clean, vibrant-looking red creme with an orange bias. It applied quite easily and needed two coats for an acceptable level of opacity. I did not need to do a lot of clean-up afterwards, which is a testimony to the docile viscosity of this formula. Overall, I’m happy to recommend it.