Sunday, April 7, 2013

Minnie Mouse French Manicure

Hey guys!

Last night I did this cute Minnie-Mouse inspired manicure on my friend Jessica. It was so simple and we both fell in love with it! I really love this twist on a classic look. I used Julep Camille, Disney Villains Cruella De Vil, NYC White French Tip, and Rimmel London 60 Seconds Hot Black To Go. Scroll through to see how I did it and for more pictures of the finished look!

Step 1- Apply 1-2 coats of your favorite glitter polish, preferably one with white or silver glitter in it and no other colors. I used 1 coat of Julep Camille, the mystery color in Julep Maven's Spring Mystery Box. I really love how this applied- it's a very thick formula but the glitter spreads evenly and dries quickly.

Step 2- Using A short, thin brush, carefully paint the red tip on, covering the natural nail. I used 2 coats of Disney Villains Cruella De Vil. (I thought it would be appropriate for a Disney look!)

Step 3- Using a small dotter, carefully dot on your white polish, evenly spaced on the red. I used NYC White French Tip.

Step 4- Using a medium sized dotter, carefully dot on a Mickey Mouse in the corner of the nail. We chose to put one on each ring finger.

And you're done! Here's a look at the finished product: 

Enjoy, and happy polishing!


Rapunzel Nail Art

Aloha everyone!

This fun design was inspired by the Disney film "Tangled"! I had been wanting to do something with that flower from the movie, and decided to incorporate it with the lanterns and Rapunzel's famous hair. To create this look, I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz and Bahamian Escape, OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It!, Pamplona Purple, You're Such a Budapest, and Oy- Another Polish Joke, Julep Hayden, and Revlon Siren. Scroll through to see how I did it!

Step 1: Start with two coats of your base colors. For the middle and ring fingers, I painted on an ombre look, which you can read a step-by-step how-to for here. I did two coats of the ombre so that the colors would melt together better and give a deeper pigmentation. From tip to base on the ombre nails I used OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It!, China Glaze Bahamian Escape, and OPI You're Such a Budapest on top of two coats of white polish as always.

Step 2: Using two different-sized small dotting tools, paint the lanterns on top of the ombre. I first dotted on China Glaze Lemon Fizz, and then dragged the dots up slightly to create the lantern look. They don't have to be perfect, but make sure your vary the sizes and paint on slightly more towards the base to make them look like they are floating towards the sky. After Lemon Fizz dries, use Revlon Siren and make small dots along the bottom of each lantern to give them that "glowing" look. 

Step 5: Using a thin design brush, lightly paint waved streaks in OPI Oy- Another Polish Joke on top of the yellow nails to suggest strands of blonde hair. (I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz as the base for this.) 

Now you're done with your fingers! Here's what they should look like: 

Now on to the flowers...

Step 6: Using a short, thin design brush, draw a small circle in the center of the nail and fill it in. You may have to use more than one coat for the polish to be opaque. After drawing the circle, make six small dots around it indicating where the ends of each petal should reach. (Here you see eight... the two on the sides shouldn't be there. Trial and error!) I used Lemon Fizz again.

Step 7: Now carefully draw the petals with your small design brush. There should be six large ones (that you use the dots for) and six small lines between them. They should all be curved slightly in the same direction. Here you see what it looked like after one coat, but I actually ended up using two. 

Step 8: Taking the same brush, outline the circle and separate the petals with Pamplona Purple to give it a more floral look. I used two coats. It's slightly messy, but this was my first try. :)

And that's it! Here's some more photos of the finished look: 

I think it's really cute. I hope you do too! Happy polishing!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Egg Nail Art

 Happy Easter, Y'all!

I did this design late on Saturday night in preparation for Easter! It looks like a cross between Easter eggs and tribal, which I wasn't expecting! I suppose it's because I opted for brighter neons instead of the usual pastel colors associated with Easter. But neons are more fun, and they're really on trend right now. I just HAD to have something crazy-bright on my nails this week. Cadbury egg not included. ;)

To create this look I used China Glaze Towel Boy Toy, Lemon Fizz, and Flip Flop Fantasy, and Revlon Siren and Sassy. Pictured above in my hand is Towel Boy Toy. Click through for a tutorial!

Step 1: Paint on an opaque base and let it dry. For every color, I used two coats, except for Towel Boy Toy, which despite being an AMAZING color and probably my favorite shade of blue, the formula is thin like most neons in its class. I used three coats for that shade.

Step 2: Using a thin striping brush, paint two stripes. One is 1/3 distance from the base, the other 1/3 distance from the tip.

Step 3: Using a different color and a large dotter, make a large dot in the center of the bottom third of the nail.

Step 4: Using the same large dotter and a different color, make two more dots on either side of the center dot.

Step 5: Take a small designing brush and paint a zig zag in the middle of the two lines with a different color.

Step 6: Using the same color you used for the middle large dot at the base, take a small dotter and make a line of dots along the top line you created in step 2.

Step 7: Using a medium dotter, line the tip of the nail with overlapping dots, using the same color as the zig zag.

And that's it! Here's some more photos of the finished look! 





With Flash

Have fun trying out this look! I meant it for Easter, but it really works for all of spring and summer! Good luck, and happy polishing! :)


Two-Tone Easy Tribal Nail Art

Wingapo, friends!

Tribal nails are a really huge nail art trend right now, and I've been wanting to try this look for FOREVER but I always seem to get distracted by some other look! Luckily, my friend Noelle came over on Friday and requested a two-toned tribal look. I'm so excited at how this turned out! The color combination is really cool- I used OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons and China Glaze For Audrey.

It took almost two hours to do (probably because I've never done anything like this before) but the end result was really cool and cute. I used a long, thin striping brush, a short detailing brush, and the world's tiniest dotter to create this look. Everything is purely freehand- no tape, no guide, no nothing, which I think adds to the tribal-feel. You can tell that the lines aren't perfect, and with this kind of design you really don't want everything totally even and straight!

 I'm not going to write out a tutorial because really this tribal look is all about just kind of following your heart a bit and doing what feels right- there's no tried and true technique! Just lots of time and letting yourself run free. Scroll through to see more pictures and of each individual nail!






Thanks for reading, and happy polishing!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hawaiian Sunset Nail Art

Aloha y'all!

This has got to be one of my favorites EVER. It's just pops right off the nail and looks so different. I'm really pleased with how this turned out, and it didn't take too long, either! To create this look, I used  NYC French White Tip, OPI It's All Greek To Me, China Glaze Sexy Lady, Revlon Siren, China Glaze Lemon Fizz, and Rimmel London 60 Seconds Hot Black To Go.

Step 1: Paint your nails with an opaque coat of white polish. I used two coats of NYC French White Tip, which I do not recommend. This polish, while cheap, does get quite lumpy. I don't like spending lots of money on plain white or black nail polish though, and this one did the job just fine. Putting down white polish before moving on to ombre helps the colors pop better. Since you're essentially sponging on the polish, it's a thinner layer- without the white you're going to get a very transparent version of this look. 

Step 2: Ombre! This technique is actually way easier than it looks. Basically, just take a makeup sponge and cut it down to the rough size of your nail and paint the colors you want to use onto the sponge in the order that you'd like them to melt together on your nails, like so: 

Then, just take the painted sponge and carefully apply the paint to your nail. Use light dabbing actions to ensure a "melted" and even coat of polish. From tip to base, I used It's All Greek To Me, Sexy Lady, Siren, and Lemon Fizz. I originally just did one coat, but I wanted it to be slightly brighter so I applied a second coat. Just make sure that you're lining up the colors properly when applying the second coat or else you'll end up with one or two colors overtaking the whole nail. Below you can see how it looked with one coat and then two coats:

Step 3: After your ombre colors have dried, take a medium-length striper and paint the stalks of the palm trees. Use a curved motion to give the trees some motion, and don't overcrowd the nails with too many stalks. 

Step 4: Take a small detailing brush and paint on the branches! Usually five or six looks best. 

And that's it! Just use a q-tip to clean up your edges with some nail polish remover- ombre is MESSY after you sponge it on, and then complete with a clear top coat. Here's some more pictures of the finished look: 

Happy polishing!



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