Colors: Teddy Girl (Butter London), Carrie (Julep)
I decided to try and explore the more subtle side of stamping. I used Teddy Girl (Butter London) for the base color in this manicure and Carrie (Julep) as the color for the leopard spots (with plate M57). I know that up close, you can tell a pretty clear difference between the two pinks, but from far away, it’s hardly noticeable.
If you use two similar work safe colors, I think this would be a great way to sport nail art at work! How pretty would a nude on nude leopard print mani look with Minka (Zoya) and Glamour Purse (Essie)? And if you want to get really fancy, try a glossy black base color with matte black spots. The monochrome possibilities are endless!
Colors: Black Lingerie (Revlon), Platinum Glitter (Orly), Silver (Milani), White Canvas (Milani)
I thought about creating a New Years tutorial for yall, but my New Years mani is pretty easy to achieve with a minimal number of colors and some stripers or thin paint brushes. I used the silver Milani Jewel FX pieces as confetti. To control where each piece ends up, take the brush out of the Milani bottle, and use a toothpick to pluck a silver piece of glitter off the brush, and press it onto your nail. Rinse and repeat! Not nearly as time-consuming as that might seem. Trust me! :)
I had originally imagined this as a black and gold manicure, but I’m at my parents’ house for the holidays, and I only grabbed a few bottles of nail polish when I packed at my apartment…and for some reason, I didn’t grab anything gold! Anyway, my thumb says “2012,” my index finger shows a clock about to strike midnight, my middle finger says “NEW YEAR,” my ring finger is supposed to represent ribbons and confetti, and my pinky has a balloon on it.
Happy New Year to all my followers! Thanks for an amazing 2011. I wish you a prosperous new year filled only with good things. And, of course, lots of nail polish! ;)
Colors: A-Taupe The Space Needle (OPI), Get In The Expresso Lane (OPI), Superstar! (Pure Ice), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Chancer (Butter London)
Several of you have written in to ask for a basic reindeer nail art tutorial, so here it is! :)
Start by painting a half circle in light brown on your nail. Use a dotting tool or thin paintbrush to add ears in the same color to the top of this half circle. Your reindeer’s antlers will go in-between the ears, so make sure the ears are painted far apart.
While the light brown is drying, use a thin paintbrush to paint in some dark brown antlers in-between the reindeer’s ears. Start by painting two long lines sticking out of its head, and then add in shorter lines to complete the antlers. If your paintbrush is thin enough, feel free to add more details to the antlers.
By now, the light brown should be dry, so it’s time to paint on the reindeer’s eyes! Start by using a large dotting tool to place two white dots where the eyes should be. Once those are completely dry, use a smaller dotting tool to place two smaller black dots within the initial white dots. And when those are dry, use a toothpick to add in two white dots as highlights in the reindeer’s eyes. Make absolutely certain you wait for each layer of dots to dry. Your impatience might cause you to have to start all over again!
Lastly, use a glittery red nail polish to paint in Rudolph’s red nose. If you want to paint reindeer on all your nails, try painting only one reindeer’s nose red (Rudolph!), and the rest black. This reindeer design is also a great accent for a taupe or nude manicure for the holidays.
Once everything is dry, don’t forget to seal in your design with your favorite top coat. Enjoy! :)
Colors: Poinsettia (China Glaze), Icicle (China Glaze), Black Lingerie (Revlon)
This nail art design is pretty easy to recreate! All you need is three colors of nail polish (one for your “gift,” one for the bow, and one with which to outline the bow), a thin paintbrush or striper, and whatever you use as a dotting tool.
Start by painting half your nail with your gift color (in my case, that’s the red). Don’t stress about making straight lines! If you need more than one coat of your gift color, make sure you wait for each coat of nail polish to dry before applying more.
Next, using your bow color (silver) and a large dotting tool or the back end of a make-up brush, create a large dot in the middle of your nail. Once this has completely dried, use a smaller dotting tool or a toothpick to create the wings of your bow. It’s okay if this part doesn’t look super precise.
After everything from the previous step has dried, use a striper or thin paintbrush to outline the details in your bow. This is where neatness counts, so take your time. I start by outlining the wings of the bow, then the middle of the bow, and then I add the tiny details within the bow.
In case you’re curious, I used this paintbrush (I purchased it from Michaels) to paint on the outline/details of the bow. Perusing the paintbrushes at any craft store is a great way to find ideal paintbrushes for nail art. You definitely don’t need the exact same paintbrush I use.
Once everything has dried, don’t forget to seal in your design with your favorite top coat!
This design is so versatile. You can “tie up” all your nails, use the design to accent just one nail, or use different gift and bow colors to really make a statement! Best of all, you can bring it back for any gift-giving occasion. Enjoy! :)
Don’t steal my nail art!
Crap like this will not be tolerated. It is NOT OKAY to crop out my watermark/URL, and then post my nail art/claim it as your own! What kills me is that thief posted my nail art 2 weeks ago, and the post has nearly as many notes as my original post from 3 months ago! x_x
I keep my watermarks/URLs tiny so that they don’t impair your browsing experience, but if stuff like this keeps popping up on my dash, I will have to start stamping my photos with large watermarks right across the middle.
You’re more than welcome to reblog my photos, but credit is mandatory.
I do my best to be friendly and civil here at my blog. Thank you to those of you who show me the same courtesy.
Colors: Snow White (Ulta), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Hey Sailor (China Glaze), Sun-Sational (Ulta), Blagger (Butter London), Holly-Day (China Glaze)
Since most people put up their holiday lights this weekend, I thought I’d create a matching manicure for the occasion. :)
Start by using a make-up sponge to sponge on a white color on your nail. Begin at the tip of your nail and sponge up toward the cuticle. It’s your choice whether or not you go all the way up to the cuticle. I think it looks nice any way you go about it. The idea here is that the sponged on white looks a bit like snow gathered on a window or something.
Don’t worry if you make a mess all over your skin as you sponge on nail polish. Simply soak a q-tip in nail polish remover, and then clean up around your nail.
I didn’t do this next part, but I think it would look great if you added a layer of glitter over the white. I think China Glaze’s Fairy Dust or Snow Globe would add the perfect sparkle. Just make sure the white layer is totally dry before you layer on the glitter; otherwise, you’ll smear the white you just sponged on!
Next, use a black striper or a thin paint brush to create a wavy line. Then, use a thin paint brush, dotting tool, or toothpick to carefully add on your lights. I used red, yellow, blue, and green, but you should feel free to use whatever colors you like. :)
Make sure everything is totally dry, and then seal in the design with your favorite top coat!
Colors: Blagger (Butter London), Cheeky Chops (Butter London), Black Lingerie (Revlon)
My leopard print manicure from about a month ago received several notes/reblogs, so I thought I’d create a tutorial for it. Plus, I believe someone requested an animal print tutorial, so here you go! :)
Start by painting your nail with a base coat and then a base color. Once that has dried, use a contrasting color to paint on spots. You don’t need a dotting tool or anything to do this. Just use the nail polish brush to plop on messy spots as I have. Once that dries, use a dotting tool, toothpick, striper, or small paint brush to create parenthesis-like shapes around your spots. Add dots/blobs to fill in any empty spaces/gaps. Seal in your design with a top coat, and you’re all set!
Helpful tips: Pay attention to how far apart your leopard spots are. You don’t want your nail to look too busy, and you also don’t want your spots so close that all the details end up touching. Also, when choosing colors, make sure your leopard spot color contrasts with your base color and isn’t too similar to whatever color you’re using to create your parenthesis-like shapes and dots/blobs.
I’m hoping to create more tutorials for yall, similar in style to the penguin tutorial I posted yesterday. It has received several notes/reblogs!
Voice off in the comments or leave a reply: Are there any nail art designs/themes/trends/ideas for which you would like for me to create tutorials?
Colors: Blue Lace (Nicole), He’s My Boo (OPI), Mummy Knows Best (OPI), Black Lingerie (Revlon)
I had done a simpler penguin manicure earlier in the week, and upon seeing the penguin mani in my previous post, my sister told me she liked the simpler penguin better! So, I’ve whipped up this quick tutorial for yall. Hope it’s easy to follow!
Start out by painting your nail with a base coat and then a base color (I think anything that contrasts with white will do, but obviously, I’ve used a blue color). There are a few ways you can do the second step. You can use a white striper to paint an “m” shape, and then color that in. You can also use a dotting tool to create this shape. What I did was turn the OPI pro-wide brush on its skinny side; then, I painted two lines down my nail. The “humps” formed themselves! Once this white part is dry, paint on your penguin’s facial details. Feel free to jazz him/her up. Add a tie or bow, a hat, a mustache, have the eyes pointing in different directions, etc. Don’t forget to seal in your design with your favorite top coat!
I may try to do more simple tutorials like this in the future. Let me know if yall would want that! :)
Colors: Blue Lace (Nicole), He’s My Boo (OPI), Mummy Knows Best (OPI), Concrete Evidence (Ulta), Black Lingerie (Revlon), Imagine If (Nicole)
It’s been a while since I posted any nail art. School has been keeping me busy! But since Happy Feet 2 comes out in a few days, I thought I’d do a penguin manicure. Truth be told, the penguin here looks more surprised or shocked than happy, lol. Oh, well!
If you’d like to recreate this penguin, start by painting your nail with a base coat and then a base color. I like to think you can choose any base color, but I went with something blue since it reminds me of winter/snow. Then, use a dotting tool and/or striper to create what looks like a black bowling pin. Add wings to the sides of the “bowling pin.” Once that is completely dry, use a dotting tool to create a white U shape on the head. Then, using a somewhat large dotting tool, plop down one large black dot in the middle of that U. Use a dotting tool to create the white tummy area; connect the white U and white tummy areas. Once the black/white portions are completely dry, use a make-up sponge to sponge on a gray color very lightly to the belly, add the beak and feet in orange, and then add eyes. Decorate your other nails similarly, and seal in your designs with a top coat. :)
To create the gradient nail (it’s supposed to look like the penguin’s tummy!), paint your nail with a white base color. Once that is dry, use a make-up sponge to sponge on a gray color. Start at the tip of your nail, and sponge your way up, but don’t go all the way to the cuticle—you want some of the white to still show. Once the gray layer is dry, use a make-up sponge to sponge on some black. Start from the tip of your nail, and sponge up to about the middle of your nail. The trick to using black is to make sure you don’t load your sponge with color. Keep sponging until you feel like you have a somewhat ombre effect. After that, I added a layer of glitter, which is actually more apparent in person. Seal in your design with a top coat like Seche Vite, which will help the whole thing look smooth and glossy.
I feel as though the rest of the nails are self explanatory, but ask away if you have questions. :)