With the last couple of posts, you might be wondering if this is still even a nail art blog. Well, that’s just silly of you, of course this is a nail art blog. With my new OPI Base Coat for Peeling and Sensitive Nails, my nails are actually returning to normal. (Do you remember how terrible they were? All peeling… ugh, like nails on a chalkboard (ha)! So annoying!) Anyway, with the new year in full swing, let’s get back to the good stuff, hm?
So, let us return to the manicure series I’m most excited about; the Game of Thrones manicures. If you missed the first in the series, here’s a handy link to the House Baratheon mani. (If you don’t know what Game of Thrones is, please head over to that link to read enough to understand what the hell I’m talking about.) To date, the Baratheon mani is still the most frustrating mani I have ever done. I think that’s why I’ve avoided Game of Thrones’ manicures since; PTSD. You’ll be happy to know that the next one I did was super simple and completely stress-free. Can you guess which house I did from the picture below? (Of course you know, I gave it away in the picture above. It was a rhetorical question, jeez.)
If you guessed House Lannister, you are correct! The title of this post was kind of a trick since their actual house words are “Hear me roar!” but who cares about that? (No one.) Their unofficial motto is much more bad-ass, especially if you come from a line of bankers. Anyway, their sigil is a golden lion on a field of crimson. With a sigil like that, the nail art design was a cake walk.
To start with, pick out a nice, rich red and a gold polish. Gold polishes are kind of all over the place (shimmer, glitter, hue, etc.) but I think they’d all work really well with this mani, so pick out your favorite. I went with Oi! Another Polish Joke by OPI for the gold because it was the smoothest (mine all have some sort of glitter in it) and wasn’t too dark. For red, I went with OPI’s Tomorrow Never Dies. It was the richest, brightest red I had in my collection. There are so many reds out there in polish land, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that works. (My trouble was deciding which one worked best.) If you happen to have this exact color in your collection, I advice to gently roll the bottle in your hands to mix, instead of shaking, and allow extra time to dry. The gold polish came out perfectly, but the red eventually succumbed to terrible bubbles. (Which is a step up from the peeling nails, which left weird, large bumps in the polish, but still sad.)
I’d like to say I had everything planned out perfectly, but I would never lie to you. I originally wanted to put a design on my thumb and index finger, my norm, but painted the index finger gold without much thought. Only when all my fingertips were painted and dry did I realize my error. My designs, created with stickers, were gold. Gold on gold does not work, so I improvised. Remember, nail art is fun, so don’t let little slips in foresight throw you. Just move onto plan B. (Or C, and then D) My plan B was to simply move the index finger design to the middle finger. Easy peasy. So let’s talk about what I actually did, instead of what I meant to do.
All fingernails get painted with your red, except the index finger which gets your lovely gold polish. Once dry, you can apply the stickers. You can get nail stickers all over the internet, as well in a lot of beauty supply stores such as Sally’s. I suggest thinking of a mani, then seeking out the stickers for it, instead of buying tons of stickers and having no idea what to do with them. I found some gold lion stickers that I knew would work perfectly, and on the same sticker sheet were tons of crowns to choose from. I hadn’t considered crowns, but the Lannisters are sort of running the show in Westeros at the moment, so it seemed to fit. I’ve been hoarding these stickers for when I finally did my Lannister mani.
Stickers are so much easier to use than I thought they would be. I used a small pair of tweezers and peeled the sticker up gently. Still using the tweezers, I gently laid the sticker on top of the nail and placed it where I wanted it. When it was in place, I pressed down gently with the pad of my finger, ensuring each edge of the sticker was firmly on the nail. This is quite easy when the nails are completely dry. If they’re not, you can warp or bubble the polish, which I sort of did with my little stone accents. (look closely, see the little bit of polish rising up the edges? I pressed too hard!) Anyway, I placed the lion, since his design was vertical, in the center on my thumbnail, while the crown I placed at the tip. You know, like my fingernail was crowned KING OF ALL FINGERNAILS.
Ahem. Sorry, got a little over-zealous there.
Speaking of accent stones, I used gold/yellow stones (again, check online for a wide variety) to sort of spice up the stickers. I placed three flaring around the stickers, and a single one on my pinkie. The single stone at the base of the nail seems to be very trendy at the moment, so if you don’t have stickers, you can always consider that idea. (One of the mani’s I’ve seen done that I really enjoy is a shimmer blue, a holographic if you have it, with small white pearls at the base. So classy! So elegant!)
There’s not much else to say about the mani really. Very simple, with lots of room to experiment with. With a few stripes on the index nail (tape off the gold, then paint on a red coat, remove striping tape and ta da!) you’ve got a Harry Potter Gryffindor mani complete with a necktie accent nail. If you’re creative, this could become an Iron Man mani. Red and gold always work well together, so have fun!
Difficulty? 4/10 This mani wasn’t difficult at all, as long as you have all your supplies and are ready to go. I highly suggest using tweezers to make it easier on you, and your freshly painted nails. Just make sure to put a nice thick layer of top coat on it once your designs are all in place, and you’re good to go.
Final Thoughts? The Lannisters might not get a lot of love aside from Tyrion, but I love them all. Cersei is such an interesting character to watch/read that I really enjoy her chapters. Do I like her? Not in the least. Everyone loves Tyrion (he’s my favorite character) so there’s no need to talk about him. Jamie really changed throughout the books and I grew to really like him. He’s already begun to change in the show, so I don’t consider that a spoiler. Tywin may be a terrible father, but damn, that man is genius. …Any other Lannisters aren’t worth mentioning (*cough*Joffrey*cough*). I hope my mani does them proud, as a lion should be.
Small edit: Fixed title because it was embarrassing me. :)