|(photograph taken from hollywood.com)|
My original idea for the nail art concept came when I was looking at Aang's arrow. When I made the connection that I could paint his arrow on one finger, I thought it would be fun to do something to represent each of the four nations on each remaining finger.
|(photographed: nail polishes I used)|
For each nation there were some variations on what symbol I could use, but I ultimately decided to use the symbols that I remember being represented as an insignia of the kingdoms as Aang visited them.
|(photographed: Avatar Inspired Nail Art)|
I will go through each finger, going from pinky finger to thumb.
Pinky Finger: Fire
For the fire nation, it was easy to pick what symbol I wanted to paint. This symbol is commonly used on their flags. I'm tempted to do another manicure dedicated to the fire nation simply because I enjoyed the evil combination of red and dark.
I used Zoya's "Elisa," a vibrant red with micro-shimmers as the base with Essie's "Licorice" as the flame.
|(photographed [L to R]: Zoya "Elisa," Essie "Licorice")|
Ring Finger: Earth
For the ring finger, I debated on whether or not I wanted the gold or green as the base since you can find both variations in the show. I ultimately decided on the gold as the base since I figured layering green over gold would be easier.
I chose two polishes I picked up from China Glaze's 2011 holiday collection, "Champagne Bubbles," a gold with specks of silver, and "Glittering Garland," a deep sparkly green. After I finished I regret my decision to use gold as the base, but that's something that can be easily swapped.
|(photographed [L to R]: China Glaze "Champagne Bubbles," "Glittering Garland")|
Middle Finger: Water
My middle finger is probably the finger I am the least happy with despite the fact that it's the finger I redid the most. The symbol is supposed to be a crescent moon with water flowing on the right.
For the base I used Essie's "Borrowed and Blue" (which you can find my full review here) and China Glaze's "Man Hunt" for the details.
|(photographed [L to R]: Essie "Borrowed and Blue," China Glaze "Man Hunt")|
Index Finger: Air
The index finger is the one I found most difficult. The symbols I found at the air temples were a swirl of grey blue and pale grey carved into the ground. I decided to use Zoya's "Kristen" as the blue, and Essie's "Master Plan." Unfortunately, "Master Plan" isn't light enough to create the contrast I would have liked (the downside of trying to stay resourceful for nail art). However, I didn't think the turnout was too horrible. If I had redone it it probably would have turned out better. But you get the idea!
|(photographed [L to R]: Zoya "Kristen," Essie "Master Plan")|
The thumb was probably the most fun finger for me to do and the finger that in my opinion turned out the best.
I debated between using MAC's "Abalone Shell" or Essie's "Sand Tropez" for the base, but decided on "Abalone Shell" since it is a better flesh-toned color. (I have more photos and a review of MAC's "Abalone Shell" here). For the arrow I used the same blue I used for my index finger, Zoya's "Kristen."
|(photographed [L to R]: MAC "Abalone Shell," Zoya "Kristen")|
Well, I guess that ends this nail post. I thought I would include one last photo of the result of my attempts.
|(photographed: Avatar inspired nails)|
I have come to realize that I am only motivated to do nail art when it involves something I am passionate about such as the Olympics (you can find my Missy Franklin inspired nails here) or a book I truly love (TFIOS nail art here). I've been recently able to get my sister's into watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and as I watch it with them I get to relive everything I loved about this show (and everything I hate about The Legend of Korra).
If you enjoyed this post then look out for a potential fire nation nail post. Until then, thanks for reading! (: