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33DC Day 4: Tribal

I’ve not done tribal nails before, and it’s quite out of my comfort zone because for the most part it seems that most tribal designs warrant some freehand art of some sort or another. And freehand is really not my forte, but I had to go with it for the sake of the challenge.

First of all, I sponged on four different colurs over a base of white. I wasn’t trying to make a gradient at all, but my beige and orange have both mixed a little with the white, resulting in a creamy colour, which I’m not unhappy with, to be fair.

Then I added some dots and freehanded some patterns using my Barry M nail art pens in Black and White.

It’s not my best work, but boy is it better than my Mexican nails (coming up Wednesday, if you fancy a laugh – they are useless and I’m hoping I have time to do them all over again, but if not, they’ll be here for all to see).

Tribal nails 33DC
Tribal nails using Barry M Matt White, Blood Orange and nail art pens in Black and White; Model’s Own Nude Beige; and Essie Orange It’s Obvious

This is the first (published) manicure where I have used Glisten & Glow’s top coat, called HK Girl. I bought some from Rainbow Connection, having read reviews about it some months before. I am so pleased that you can now get it in the UK because it is a superb top coat. It is better than Seche Vite even. The first stage of drying – being dry to a slight touch – isn’t quite as fast as with Seche Vite, but it’s no slower than any other quick dry top coat. But the second stage of drying – being undentable – is faster than with Seche Vite, and it doesn’t leave the polish underneath all squashy and malleable. Oh, and there’s no shrinkage either. I love it and it’s now my favourite top coat. I am so glad I bought 4 bottles, as I think Rainbow Connection will probably run out of this very quickly.

Here’s a reminder of the remaining challenges.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Barry M Matt White
  • Sponged colours:Barry M Blood Orange, Model’s Own Nude Beige, Barry M Matt White and Essie Orange, It’s Obvious
  • Tribal patterns: dots using Barry M Matt White and lines and dots using Barry M nail art pens in Black and White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

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Pretty Polishes

Really pretty!

Btw I’m dreading showing my Mexican prompt as well! Lol

Claire Kerr

I just looked your Mexican nails up and they’re great. Very similar to what I had planned for my own decals, although I was going to put them over white. (My decals finally did arrive BTW, but too late to use them in time for this challenge).

Inky Whiskers

You did a fine job! Sometimes things don’t turn out how we envisioned them, but that doesn’t mean we did a bad job of it…it’s just different than we planned. <3


Oh, you say freehand is not your thing? well, you’ve done such a sharp job I could never believe was freehanded unless I look really, really, close. All your nails look even, same pattern, same structure! That’s amazing!! I cannot get my nails all the same not even by stamping, ha ha ha!


I think it is beautiful… Great job!