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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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Daisy Nails with Elf’s Mint Cream

27 May

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To go VERY pastel I decided to combine my most loved spring colour; the mint green with my yellow and white in one nail art design to create FLORAL NAILS! The floral trend doesn’t have to stop at your dresses or shorts, you can dress up your nails too!

Elf’s Mint Cream provides the perfect background and base for this flower design, it does all the work with an all over pastel finish. I’m loving my daisies, so I can’t stop doing daisy nails all the time!

To achieve these nails, you will need:

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I used: Barry M 3 in 1 Clear, Elf Mint Cream, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda, Barry M Matt White

and

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…a hair grip pulled apart which I used to create the petal dots.

Step 1: Apply base coat

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Step 2: After base coat has dried, apply Elf’s Mint Cream

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Step 3: After the mint green is dry, dab your hair grip end into you yellow nail polish (Collection 2000 Lemon Soda)

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Instead of directly putting the hair grip into the bottle I took a bit from the brush, that way I can see and control how much I take, you only need a little.

Step 4: Carefully dab small dots (I would recommend three spaced out yellow dots to make room for the white petals, it all depends on the size of your nails too)

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Step 5: Time for the almost-finished-and-I’m-so-excited part.

Do the same with the white petals but I would suggest first letting the yellow to dry otherwise they can run into each other. Do 5 – 6 dots. I stuck with 5, and maybe just 2 on your little finger.

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And the end result!

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This post is an entry to the Elf Friday Favourites Competition. If you want to enter the elf competition to be in with a chance of winning e.l.f Nail Polish in Innocent and their Cuticle Nail oil, simply click on the button below. Have fun and Good Luck!

Me, my e.l.f and I

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?

Create: Floral Daisy Nails!

20 Apr

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I was feeling creative and thought I should do something exciting with my nails rather than a plain spring pastel colour for an outfit. See how it looks good with my top? Since this spring is not just floral but floral-on-floral I thought it would be a great idea to wear this floral top with floral nails. I am a bit reluctant to wear floral-on-floral with clothes (and maybe I should be a bit daring and go for it) so instead I thought of the most subtle way of doing it. Less is more!

So I painted daisies on my nails! I didn’t know what background to do so I tested it with three different colours.

You will need:

A hair grip. I used this in making the daisies.

Pretty Colours! It is absolutely up to you what colours to use but I used:

A Base coat Barry M 3 in 1 Clean (Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener All In One)

Brown Barry M, Mushroon

Purple Barry M, Berry I/C 

White Barry M, Matt White

Blue Barry M, Cobalt Blue

Yellow Collection 2000, Lemon Soda (I didn’t like Barry M’s yellow, this one in Collection 2000 was more pastel)

The Floral Top, River Island (Of course you won’t be needing this but just in case you want to know!)

Step 1:  Apply basecoat on all nails. A MUST! I cannot express the importance of basecoat before ANY colour light or dark, you don’t want realise you have dyed your nails bright pink or green when you’ve removed the nail polish.

Step 2: After the basecoat has dried, apply your chosen background colour.

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Here I got carried away with putting the first two daisies on straight away.

Step 3: After your background colour had dried apply the yellow dots by dipping the hair grip into the nail paint and dabbing it onto your nails. Remember to space them apart to leave space for the white petals and not to take up too much nail paint.

And it should look like this.

Step 4: Apply the white petals on and as with the yellow middle, dip the hair grip into the nail paint and dab on the petals carefully.

Doing these nails did take me a couple of tries, but its well worth it in the end.

Step 5: Once the daisies have dried apply a top coat to make the daisies look flat. This is also to stop everyday smudging, chipping or scratching. As you can see I’ve added white dots around the flowers, it made it look less bare and more floraly (if that’s a word).

I’m going to try this out with the blue background on all nails and see how it looks.

Coming soon…

American inspired nail art!

 

[Image from google images]

 

 

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