Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Circus Illusion-Inspired Nail Art with Zoya Element Collection

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As I was driving home from some errand one day last week, I spotted a series of circus tents in colourful blues, purples, and pinks. While I am not a fan of circuses that include animals in their acts, there is something about the illusions that still intrigue me. I never did make it to the circus before it closed up and left town, nor am I sure whether or not this particular one keeps any animals, but I could not get the overall idea and colours out of my mind. I recently received the Zoya Element Collection for Fall 2018 in the mail; I knew I had to use several shades from it for a circus-themed look. Check it out below!

For my circus-inspired look, I wanted to focus on the two aspects that I like the most- illusion and the colourful tents. The colourful tent aspect should be apparent already as I used the simple striping pattern often seen in tents.

The illusion aspect was a little more complex for me to wrap my head around, but in the end, I opted to go with a negative space stamped design. The idea is that the stamped image obscures what it really there (the negative space).

While this isn't my favorite nail art design, it was nice sporting the beautiful colours in a design that is a little different for me. Sure, I stamp my nails, occasionally sport negative manicures, and I certainly enjoy stripes, but combining them all together like this is certainly not my normal.

Zoya Element shades used:

I also used MoYou London's Arabesque Collection - 01 stamping plate.

Have you picked up any shades from the new Element Collection? What sort of nail art have you been enjoying lately? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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  1. I love the concept and especially the stripes!

    1. My husband loves striped nails so the pattern always seems to catch my attention when I'm looking for inspiration. Thank you!

  2. Great take on your inspiration. The colors you used are the family that I prefer so I really do like this.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad these colours are your style!

  3. I like the color combinations you used

  4. I love the purple and blue combination! I'm not into circuses anymore, after observing animal cruelty as a teenager. I used to like the acrobatics, but paying to see it only served to support the animal cruelty as well. I love the pink illusion as well! That by itself would make the prettiest bridal mani.

  5. I like the circus theme, that red-blue border is genius. It's been so long since I went to a circus. I have nothing but good memories of it from my childhood.

  6. These are kind of circus-y, but like a fancy circus, like Cirque du Soleil!

  7. This is such a bright look, considering it’s a fall collection!

  8. This is so cute!!! You totally captured the circus vibe!!! Gardner was certainly my favorite shade from the Element collection so I love that you worked it in to your look.

  9. I love the circus theme that you did. The stripes at the top are perfect!


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