Couture Nail Art Challenge Day 1 - Inspired By Marchesa

Hi all. Today marks the first day of my couture nail art challenge and my inspiration is Marchesa. I had a hard time picking just one design as my inspiration but I finally decided one this gorgeous dress because of the beautiful detailing.

I don't own an orange that matches the dress color perfectly so I layered two colors together to get as close as possible to the original hot orange color.  I started with Essie Fifth Avenue and then layered Essence Off to Miami over it. As intricate as the detailing is on the dress I wanted to keep the nails simple. I started with two coats of China Glaze Nude as my base. I then used my small striper brush and painted on the Fifth Avenue and Off to Miami in short strokes on the tips and base of each nail creating a "feathered-effect". 

I had the hardest time photographing this design. My camera just did not like the bright orange color at all. The color is pretty accurate but unfortunately I lost some of the great brush-stroke detailing.  I have a new camera that I simply haven't taken the time to sit down and figure out how to use. I hate reading technical instructions- they make me sleepy!

Check out what designers are coming up in this challenge!