Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails


QNails1 Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails

The nail looks in Illamasqua’s campaign images are always really striking – and often quite simple to achieve. The last time I actually bothered to sit down and recreate one was the Theatre of the Nameless corset nails, but the gorgeous half moon manicure from Generation Q looked so easy that it would have been rude not to try it!

GQ1 Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails

QNails2 Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails

The two colours are Charisma* and Creator*, the new nail shades for the Generation Q collection. When I first saw Charisma, I thought it might be very similar to Scarab from 2010′s Art of Darkness collection but it’s definitely not. Scarab was a little too brown for my liking, whereas Charisma is definitely more of a raspberry kind of shade. Creator is stunning, a deep rich black absolutely packed with silver glitter. Glitter often gets lost and hidden beneath the base colour if it’s too dark or opaque, which is why many glitter polishes are jelly finishes that are best for layering. For that reason, I’m really impressed at how well the silver glitter stands out against Creator’s black base!

QNails3 Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails

I’d never done a half moon manicure before, even though I’d always liked the look of them. If you’re a serious pro, you could do it freehand but the cheaters smart people’s way to do it is using hole punch reinforcers. I bought a pack of 500 of them for about £2 from Rymans. If you like, you can cut the reinforcers in half to double your money but seriously, 500 stickers equals 50 half moon manicures for two pounds.. so cutting them seems like more effort than it’s worth!

QNails4 Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails

If you’re not familiar with the process, paint your nails first in the colour that you want the half moons to be. Once that’s totally dry (speed it up with a quick dry top coat if you like), stick a hole punch reinforcer on the cuticle end of each nail like in this gratuitous instragram pic. Before I stuck them on, I stuck each one to my skin and peeled it off a couple of times to get rid of the worst of the stickiness, as they’re quite strong and I wanted to be sure they wouldn’t lift any of the polish off when I removed them. Then just paint the rest of your nails using your second colour, and peel the stickers off. Add a topcoat, et voila!

After discovering first hand how seriously easy the half moon manicure is (even though this attempt was admittedly a little shoddy!), I’m quite looking forward to trying the look out with other colour combinations. Are you a fan of the half moon look? Have you ever tried it?

Apparently, the cat doesn’t like it very much. She looks pretty unimpressed.

QNails5 Recreated: Illamasqua Generation Q Nails

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10639685984279320297 emmabovary

    I must get my hands on Creator, I love it! I love your recreation of the nail look, I’ve never tried half moon mani’s before

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks! Not long now, it’ll be released in 3 days! :-D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09346969577221381360 Kate

    I love the look of half moon mani’s but my freehand attempts were always atrocious. Thanks for the tip about the hole punch reinforcers!

    Creator is such a stunning polish.

  • http://www.reviewmo.com/ mobb

    that is a gorgeous combination.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Glad you think so :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10461468002199423847 Grace London

    I *love* that look, and that combination rocks.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks! Good old Illamasqua, hey?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12236085975038327864 Laura-Jayn

    These look absolutely gorgeous :)

    I love half moon manicures :)

    xxx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thank you :-) I’d always loved the look of them, can’t believe it took me so long to try it – I’ll be doing it all the time now! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02922854950859400817 LadyBugSays …

    Love this, I must try the half moon manicure!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      It’s so easy, you’ll love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16103658857065729108 Glowstars

    It’s gorgeous! Where do you get your ilas from?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      My Illamasquas? From the website half the time, or at Selfridges or in the Flagship store the rest. These ones were sent to me for review though

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17336625371343077874 Beauty’s Bad Habit

    They look gorgeous! I quite like the look of ‘Charisma’ now, it’s not usually something I’d go for.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15110959456221326131 Leanne

      Thanks! Hah, I bet you like Creator more though? ;-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14826519045476463458 Lillian Funny Face

    Oh that looks just gorgeous. I have something that’s basically identical to Creator but I think I may need Charisma, so cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06901338282390452546 Lucy

    I love this! I thought it looked so hard to do. Such a great tip:) Im going to go and try it now.

    Beauty for Biochemists

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17694158843841103802 Sheenie

    Am I seeing a gorgeous cat with your gorgeous nails??

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03404003222213871245 jennie

    Oh, so stunning! Thanks for the tip about the hole punch thingies, I’d never have thought of that! xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15065002196754477265 Lollypopsp

    love the colours, very nice :-)

  • Pingback: Gothic Glamour | UrbanVox