Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Collab - House M.D.-Inspired Manicure

When I saw that it had been determined that May's theme for the Glamazon collaboration would be inspired by a TV show or character, I figured I'd try to do something from one of my all-time favorite shows - House! It's the only show I own on DVD, even though I got into it pretty late in the game, and I'm disappointed it was cancelled, although glad it ended while it was still a good show. (I haven't seen the last half of the season so don't spoil it for me!)

I pulled the colors and design ideas mostly just from the title sequence. In case you haven't seen it before, here is the version from the seventh season:

To start off, I put a base coat of the colors I chose from the title sequence.
L-R: China Glaze - Stone Cold, Zoya - Stella, Zoya - Minka, Revlon - Gold Coin, Zoya - Minka with Wet n Wild - Club Havana sponged lightly over it. I wanted to incorporate an orange, but it was too vibrant on its own. In order to achieve a more toned-down look, I brushed the polish onto a torn cosmetic sponge and applied it that way over the nude color.

For the designs, I used two polishes from Claire's that have both a striping brush and a pen-like applicator option. For the veins though, I used a Sephora by OPI nail design pen since it gave a less opaque effect that seemed more appropriate. 

Here's a more detailed look at the designs - with and without the additional letters.

This was such a fun manicure to do! While I do my nails very often, I don't do much in the way of nail art or themed manicures, so this was a fun way to try something I haven't done before.

Don't forget to check out the other participants' contributions as well!

Emily at Southern Gorgeous - Irene Adler makeup look
Keri at Beauty is My Crush - Sookie Stackhouse makeup look
Laurie Ann at BeautyMakeupAndMore - Nina Dobrev makeup look


  1. I LOVE it Maggie! You are so good at this! <333

  2. So, so, so good! I am terrible at nail art -- dots and some lines are the extent of my nail art talent. I love seeing posts like this, you did so great! Excellent tribute to an excellent show. :)

    1. Thanks!! That's normally all I do...I was surprised I got it to work, honestly! If I had tried to copy it on my other hand that would have been interesting :P

  3. This is really awesome Maggie! You did an awesome job!

  4. AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!! OMG OMG OMG. This is so fantastic!! Maggie you really out did yourself with this one!! So posting this on Tumblr for my friend Molly to see! I'll link it back here and to your tumblr as well!

    1. Aww thank you!! This comment & seeing the tumblr post totally made my night :)

  5. LOVE it! I love House and sad it ended too. And I find House to be sexy in an odd, older sort of way. Haha!


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