Thursday, August 30, 2012

"The Fault In Our Stars" Inspired Nails

Today's nail post is an exciting one for me. As someone who reiterates how rarely I do nail art, I constantly mention how artistic and beautiful nail art can be, but that I'm just not patient enough to put in all the effort just to remove it after a few days (because I am also someone who can only wear the same polish for 2-3 days). So in order to get a person such as myself to do nail art, it has to be something that really motivates and inspires me (like the 2012 Olympics did, and if you haven't seen my Missy Franklin inspired nail art then you should check it out here).

I was rereading some of my favorite quotes from John Green's The Fault In Our Stars the other day, and I felt compelled to do some TFIOS nail art based on the US cover.

(photographed: John Green's The Fault In Our Stars and my polish choices)

The color selection wasn't too difficult, though if I could recommend colors to others, they may not be the exact ones I used. But if nail art weren't a partial act of resourcefulness, then I probably wouldn't attempt it at all. 

For my blue, I chose Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in "Blue Me Away." "Blue Me Away" though not the perfect selection for the color of John's cover, makes up in opacity, a quality that is ideal for nail art. (I also want to note that Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear is probably my favorite inexpensive nail polish brand. Of all the ones that you can find for $4 and under, it is, without a doubt, the best quality for your dollar.)

For the black, I used my Essie in "Licorice." This is one of those polishes that I would suggest you replace if you want to replicate this look. It's not opaque enough that you really need to go over the black cloud a few times if you want a crisp appearance.

The white polish I used was China Glaze's "White On White" and is what I consider to be a fairly reliable white when doing nail art. Two coats of this polish is what it takes to reach opacity, so it's not perfect for nail art, but it will do.

Lastly, for the little yellow sticker (that will either read "Signed Copy" or "#1 New York Times Bestseller" on it, depending on which copy you have) I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Mellow Yellow." I thought for a while if I wanted to include it at all. Some copies don't even have a sticker. However, that is all beside the point. Though the sticker isn't necessarily a part of the cover, I just love how someone decided for it to be yellow, making it look like a sun popping out in front of the clouds. I don't think Augustus would want that metaphor ignored here so I chose to do the sun on my ring finger, and leave my thumb with just the clouds.

(photographed: my polish choices listed above)

So if you couldn't guess already, the main concept for the nail polish art was to recreate accent nails on my ring finger and thumb to resemble the cover of TFIOS. 

I took a few shots of the nail polish just so you could see how it looked in various settings. The first is the traditional nail photo. I like how my ring finger, especially with its squared of edges, resembles the book cover so much.

(photographed: TFIOS inspired nails)

 Of course I had to take a photo of my nails against the book. Even though the blue nail polish wasn't perfect, I still think it resembled the cover enough that you could get the idea.

(photographed: TFIOS inspired nails)

And lastly I decided to include a photo that showed my thumb, since I did design it slightly differently. Not only did I place the black cloud below the white (just to mix it up a bit), but I left the sticker out.

(photographed: TFIOS inspired nails)

Well, I hope you enjoyed today's nail post and my attempts at nail art. The Fault In Our Stars is one of my favorite novels and I knew I had to make an ode to it in one way or another (side note: I have some other crafty TFIOS projects in mind). If you've read TFIOS and love it then you should check out my list of my 5 all-time favorite novels here. And if you haven't read it, then you should really consider it. Unless you're a robot with no emotions, I cannot see how you won't enjoy it. And with that said, dftba!

"I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you."


  1. Amazing! You've definitely inspired me, not that I'm a dab hand at nail art, but I will be requesting these next time I go to the salon!!


    1. Thanks! :D

      I'm not great at nail art either. I figured clouds were easy to fix in case I messed up. XP

    2. I actually credited you in my own blog for inspiring me to ask my nail tech to do these today!! I hope thats ok? I can deactivate the link if your not ok with it :D

    3. Yeah, of course it's okay. I'm curious to see how they turned out! (: