Hi there everyone, and happy Monday and Memorial Day. I hope you have a fantastic day planned, but I would just like to take a second to thank all of those brave men and women who have served and who are serving to keep us safe and preserving our freedom. I hope we can all just take a second and be thankful today.
This week is a special week because it's a continuation of a fun concept from last year...fruit week! Last year in July, I came up with a fruit design and people liked it so much that I turned it into a full week of different fruit designs. I made kiwi nails, a dragonfruit ruffian, grapefruit slices, three different watermelon designs, and cherry nails. This week I will be bringing you seven different fruit manis that will be completely different than last year. Can you tell I'm excited? :) Also one more quick thing...tomorrow's TT theme is a follower requested mani so if you have a fruit you would like me to re-create, leave me a comment below!
Today I'm kicking things off with a papaya ruffian. I've never actually had papaya before so I'm not sure what it tastes like haha! I saw one split open at the store on Friday and thought that it would be a great way to kick off the week.
To create this look, I started with a base of the yellow leaning green, Zoya Tilda. When looking up pictures of papaya, I noticed a pinker more mauvy toned flesh and an orange toned flesh so I wanted to incorporate both. For the orange papayas, I used OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go? and for the mauvy papayas, I used Essie Mamba.
To create the insides, I started with a dotting tool and used Essie Licorice to create the black dots. I then came in with an orange that is on the sheer side, Zoya Cole, and used a dotting tool to spread it around the seeds and throughout the seeds. I finished off with one coat of topcoat.
There you go, kicking off fruit week with something a little more exotic. I would love to know what you think of this design and if you have a specific fruit for me to try, leave me a comment down below!