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Northern Lights Nails by KatieAlves Northern Lights Nails by KatieAlves
This idea came from androidfink!

This was extremely hard to photograph. So some of the nails are angled funny to avoid the flash. I'm slowly getting used to doing nail art! It's still awkward and shaky with doing my left hand, but slowly!

These are a combination of northern lights and more space. Actually it's all supposed to be the northern lights, but some look more like space! XD
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They are absolutely stunning! It really looks like outer space. I have no idea how you did it, but it is way cool and definately shows your artistic talent. The colors are vivid and the idea is very original. I have no idea how you got that foggy effect, but I am dying to. There's an attention to detail that you seem to put into everything you do that never fails to impress and induce awe. The sparkly background that is supposed to be the trillions of stars in space are so pretty and the whole thing is overall breath-taking.
Absolutely amazing.
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I love the color choices and the fact that you used the glitter polish to simulate the stars. I also admire you for being able to do such fine detail on a NAIL and I especially love the moon on that one nail. Very nice touch.

The only thing I'd have to say is tha Northern Lights have more shape to them. They have a definite line and then a drag up from that line like a shower curtain. It would have been nice to see a more pronounced line and perhaps some waves instead of the vague swirl.

Never the less, beautiful work as always!!
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CelticIrishgirl Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like the sixth, the blue one on the bottom left corner.
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EpicKid10 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Holy nachos O:
This...
IS AMAZING!!!!!!
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ADreamofAutumn Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is so beautiful!!!!!
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Hatchetgabby Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gah! ill bet those took years to dry haha
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abbykaulitz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you should make a YouTube tutorial on this and the galaxy nails <3
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Lightuptheworldd Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
♥♥♥
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TwilightsSongs Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
D8 Woooaahhhh!! <3 I want my nails to look like this forevverr!!! XD
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:iconremembranceofreality:
so pretty...my eyes can't...take it....
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NaveliaInPoison Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOW? :wow:
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TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
:la:
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Diesel292 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
outstanding
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iDERPd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
H.-... How? *______*
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Peace-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
AWESOME! :la:
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androidfink Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow you did it!!!!

These are amazing! These only spur my obsession with the Northern Lights further ^_^
I'll definitely try and have a go at these! x
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LlamaRachelle Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Fantastic!
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HondaGurl666 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
awesome
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blah1200 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
omfg sooo pretty
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Rekurra Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
So....pretty<3
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Fluffafly Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah. Brilliant!
One of my biggest dreams is to see those!
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OHSHCroxmysoxoff Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You never cease to amaze me with how much detail goes into your work. Seriously. It's so crazy how beautiful you can make the simplest of things (not that this is, by any means, simple). But nail art in general... You're always surprising me and I love it.
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EmoMadaraUchiha Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
;u; i like it!
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zeynepirene Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Photographer
This is just as amazing as everything else you do. You have a big talent!
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SleepingMonstrocity Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Artist
These look really cool, the bright green reminds of like nuclear toxic ooze a little bit! I am in love with the bright blue stuff you have created with this nail look for sure!!
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jaiex Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
AHHHH these are awesome! I'm getting more and more into nail art too; I have a blog with my friend on tumblr. =D
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Link? :D
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jaiex Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
nailswithfriends.tumblr.com! If you have a tumblr, I'd love to follow you!
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Followed! :D
Mine: [link]
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jaiex Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Followed back! Sorry for the late reply!
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Leonna-Kanine Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Simply awesome.
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IndigoSkyes Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous!
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F0ggi Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
:la: it looks so wonderful i like all of the nail desgin, keep it up.
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
So gorgeous! I would wear nails like that for sure! :love: Must give it a go sometime :aww:
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i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Fricken epic~
I wish I could do that! I can draw and paint, but I can't paint nails...
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LightningStrikeTwice Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are stunning! I love them :D
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The-Magic-Within Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, those look really amazing.
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Neomc Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pretty darn impressive, but to be honest I don't like this one as much as the other :blush:
I think you could've done it better by keeping the lines of the northern lights and not blending so much. Also, more red mixed in with the green. It's a really challenging subject and I think you did an awesome job of it. I wonder what these would look like once you've gotten more practice :D
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cali13 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
wow, everything you do is amazing! so want to try this lol love the bottom left :d that blue is gorgeouse :D
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Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!!
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gaurdianangel5 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
so pretty!
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xx-bunnyCorn-xx Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Oooh! You should definitely do a tutorial for this! Gorgeous!
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desertwhitelilly Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful. The colors are great and you did a wonderful job bringing it to life. I have to agree it looks more like space but you still did a wonderful job :)
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ashabash2004 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They all look really good, I love them!
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MissLisara Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I can't wait for a tutorial on these. hint hint
Anyway, these are so lovely! Do you have any photos of all of them together or some of your hands showing some of them?
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vintagetreelover Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
how.on.earth.did.you.do.that?
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The-TraveIing-Itch Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your so amazing.
but you know this already.
at least i hope you do :P
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ChartaEye Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Wow, This is so pretty.
I really like the colours and the way you have added the layers on top. This make the lights look like they really almost floating in the air, instead of being somme sort of hard object stuck for eternity :p
Also you have problems with the flash, it sometimes helps to either e.g. Take the pictures before applying your topcoat or sit near a lamp or other light place to Take pictures without the flash, that Way it sometimes become easier to predict the flash :)
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! :D Sadly I add sparkles to it to add some stars, so it's super shiny! But if I do another one without sparkles, I'll definitely try it! :D
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ChartaEye Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
*predict the lights reflection not flash.
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IndigoVelvet Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job!! I think you captured the Northern Lights perfectly! (Not that I've ever seen them in person, but whatever!)
Are you using only nail polish or did you use acrylic paint? It doesn't matter, either way it looks great! I'm just curious. :)
I have one potential suggestion - the texture looks a bit rough (which actually works for a shot of space!) I was wondering if you used a top coat? Sometimes when my nails are still really rough after doing an intricate design, a *thick* layer of top coat kind of smooths them out a bit. I don't know if it would work on this design since the technique gives it such a texture.
Also, THANK YOU for cleaning up the cuticle area and THANK YOU for not posting a blurry picture. I'm so sick of following Nail "Art" groups that are filled with crummy shots from someone's webcam or camera phone!! >.<
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KatieAlves Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Haha!! You're welcome. I did apply a top coat, but it's seriously thick. I added layer upon layer and with a toothpick, mixed it, so there are a lot of grooves in the nail!
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