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33DC Day 16: South America

So, day 16 – we’re nearly half way there in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge. I had no idea what to do – but this time it was because there was too much choice. South America is a huge continent, made up of lots of countries and spanning all manner of cultures and possible inspirations.

I was set on doing the Chilean flag, as it’s quite easy and I’m still recuperating from my foot operation, so I’m not up to a great deal at the moment.

But I did one more quick Google of ideas and came across the Copacabana beach promenade. It’s apparently very famous, but I’ve never seen or heard of it before.

The Copacabana Promenade is a black and white Portuguese pavement in the design of a geometric wave. I’m very taken with it and would love to visit one day. Anyway, this became my inspiration and I set about recreating it by hand-drawing it onto a home-made decal.

South America Copacabana Promenade
33DC: Day 16 – South America – a take on the Copacabana Promenade using Barry M Matt White and Barry M black nail art pen

I thought my decal was too thin and was worried it wouldn’t come off the plastic, so I added a second layer of top coat after I had drawn the black. In the event, this made it too thick and so it was quite difficult to stick it down on my nail. I was left with some air bubbles and smudges. All the black looked OK; it was just the white. So I went over the patchy bits with some more white nail polish and a very fine brush and then top coated again. It’s an OK job, but not brilliant close up.

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: three coats of Barry M Matt White
  • Black wavy lines: hand-drawn decals using Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black; then touched up with Barry M Matt 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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These look great! I’d love to visit Copacabana beach too, in fact, anywhere is better than stormy Britain at the moment!x

Claire Kerr

I quite agree with you – it’s been a miserable 24 hours!

Inky Whiskers

Bravo on making your own decals! I think they look fine & keep in mind most manis look best at arms length. I hope you’re up & about soon! <3