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American Flag Nails: New Technique!

10 Sep

 

 

Remember the american flag nails I attempted for the first time? It was a bit of a gamble to promise to blog about something I have never tried and wasn’t absolutely certain it would work out. But I did it, and here’s me doing it again!

Click the image to see my old post.

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Except with a different technique! I am adding this to the ‘MODERATE’ on difficulty as this is so much more easier and quicker and mess-free than my first one.

You will need:

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– Nail Art Polish in Red and Blue (or a nail art pen in red and blue, or nail art brush)

– BarryM Matt White

– BarryM 3 in 1 Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One

Step 1: Apply base coat.

Step 2: After the base coat has dried apply white nail polish.

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(This isn’t the blue I will be using this time. This was the old blue I used on my first post about these nails, but if you like, this is Barry M’s Cobalt Blue).

 

 

The difference: (Left) New polish, (Right) Old polish.

 

Step 3: After the white polish has dried use a red nail art pen or nail art brush to draw vertical red lines.

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Step 4: After the red lines are dried, draw on a rectangular box to the left of the flag with a blue nail art pen or brush. (If this is your left hand then it should be against the end of your nail, and if it is your right hand, it should be against the tip of your fingernails. (Left hand only is illustrated in the image below).

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Step 5: As you can see in the image above, I have filled one in, after drawing the rectangles, fill them in.

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After this, when your nails have dried, gloss over with a top coat. I used my usual BarryM 3 in 1 Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One.

If you want to check out my old technique simply click here.

Have you just tried this out? Let me know which of my techniques suited you.

 

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Feeling Patriotic! British Flag Nails!

6 Jun

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During the Jubilee weekend I thought of doing flag nails! To change it up a bit, I painted my ring finger all blue (although it did take an internal debate to decide whether I should choose red or blue). As it is hard to apply nail polish with your left hand (if you’re right-handed) I thought I’d just use block colours for my right hand and it still looks great!

To create this I used nail art brushes, Barry M 3 in 1 Base Coat Top Coat and Hail HardenerCobalt Blue, Bright Red and Matt White. (Photos up soon)

Step 1: Apply basecoat.

Step 2: Apply the white. (Using the white as the base instead of blue brightens up the red and blue bits of the flag).

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Step 3: Carefully line in the red cross with a thin nail art brush, make sure to do thin lines, especially for shorter or smaller fingernails.

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Don’t worry about letting the line cross over to your skin, it works better when you feel like you have one less thing to worry about.

Step 4: Draw on another cross with diagonal lines crossing over the other crosses. You can do a block colour on your ring finger if you like or have all your nails with the flag.

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Step 5: The tedious bit. Draw on small triangle lines and then fill them in, remember to not cover the entire space as you need the white parts to show as the white lines of the flag.

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Step 6: Do this with all nails, and again, don’t worry about it being all messy, a cotton bud with a little nail polish remover can fix that. Then go over the nails with a top coat which will keep the flags from smudging.

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Step 7: Finally, the block nails. Don’t forget base coat!

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Go American Inspired!

8 May

As promised, I bring you American inspired nail art!

You will need:

All BarryM

3 in 1 Clear & Matt White

Bright Red & Cobalt Blue

(You don’t have to use the colours I use, the american flag has been incorporated into so many different things in so many different shades)

You will also need to cut masking tape into teeny tiny little strips the same measurement and thickness to each other, like this…

I apologies for not having a separate photo but I think this photo pretty much demonstrates the size (I recommend  3-4 mm).

Step 1: Apply basecoat, let it dry

Step 2: Apply the white nail polish

(I really don’t like this white and regret buying it, it’s all blobby, I recommend any other trusted brand.)

Step 3: Stick on the masking tape, make sure to apply it so that you don’t trap any air and that it is firmly stuck to your nails. (I tried to remove the masking tape when my nails felt like they were dry but when I removed the masking tap it peeled off all my white nail polish!) I would suggest waiting 25 minutes before putting on the masking tape.

Step 3: Very carefully apply the red nail polish but make sure to only have a light amount on the brush.

As you can probably see, I went with a very BIG chunk of masking tape on the end, but it was ok for this as it was the red stripe on the end. After doing this wait for the paint to settle before removing the masking tape (you don’t need to wait for it to completely dry, but do wait for it to settle as it would cause your red to run if you don’t.)

Step 4:

 Place two new strips of masking tape like so.

Continue with this for the rest of your nails…

…it can look very nautical.

Step 5: After all the red has dried…

All you have to do is accurately and on the correct spot (to the left of every nail) apply the blue. If you don’t believe you will be able to do this accurately, don’t worry, a little bit of a wobbly line won’t be noticed, but if you really think you need some help, try using making tape for this too, to create the perfect rectangle. Remember, since all your nails ar a different size, cut individual sizes out for this part particularly. It doesn’t particularly matter with the strips bit if you’re a perfectionist then by all means perfect!

And that is all!

Let me know of what you think of my method and if you have tried it and been successful with it.

Have you seen? Floral Print Nails?

Or my previous post on Delicate Jewellery?

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