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Vintage Rose Print Nails

6 Jul

ImageIt’s been all over Pinterest and YouTube, the Vintage Rose Print Nails, which look really intricate but is surprisingly so easy to do. To mix it up I added a polka dotted peach for my forefinger and a mint background for my ring finger.

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I USED:

You can really choose any background colour you like, so long as it’s pastel and isn’t red or pink (the colour of the roses).

– My trusty hair grip (pulled apart)

– Clear Base Coat

– Barry M Peach Melba (base colour for my forefinger)

– Elf’s Mint Cream (base colour for my ring finger)

– Barry M Matt White (base colour for the rest of my fingers and the polka dots)

– Rimmel Lycra Pro Coral Romance (rose colour for white backgrounds)

– Barry M Pink Flamingo (optional extra: rose colour for darker background MINT)

– Barry M Fuchsia  (optional extra: rose colour for darker background MINT)

– Barry M Spring Green (for the leaves)

1. Apply base coat then paint nails in your chosen pastel backgrounds.

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2. After the background colours have dried dab your hair grip (toothpick or nail art brush) into the paint.

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3. Carefully dab small blobs of nail polish onto your nails. That one section of blobs is one rose, do more than two roses on each nail if your nails are longer. It doesn’t matter if you’re messy, in fact, the messier the better!Image

4. While letting your peach blobs to dry you could polka dot your forefinger. I thought the forefinger being a different pattern means something different to doing your ring finger as the odd one which is so common.Image

5. When that’s dry I used Rimmel Pro Coral Romance to frame the peach blobs.

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6. Do similar wobbly coral lines inside the roses and finish it off with a centre dot.

7. Do the same rose technique on the mint nail instead choose darker colours for the rose. I chose a mix of Barry M Fuchsia and Pink Flamingo.

9. After all the roses are dried, it’s time for the leaves which really finish them off. Similarly with the roses do wobbly lines simply by dotting them on. Again it really doesn’t matter how messy you are. 

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10. ALL DONE! Apply a top coat to smooth the bumpy lumpy blobs and you’re done, with pretty vintage rose nails.

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Reminder of what I used and for what in pictures…

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Drowning Hearts This Valentine’s Day

25 Jan

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So Valentine’s Day is fast approaching with only 6 days till the end of January, I started thinking about my nails for the day.

I call these nails ‘drowning hearts’ as they really look like they’re drowning, perfect for those of you who are not really enthusiastic about a day of hearts and flowers. This was a really easy nail art design, I was inspired to do it after seeing one on Pinterest, and of course I pinned it straight away. If you like my posts you’ll probably be pinterested in my pins too!

I used:

  • Base Coat (Any)
  • Elf – Innocent (Perfect neutral base colour, of course, you can use any base/background you wish)
  • Rimmel Lycra Pro – Coral Romance (Its brush is useful for heart design accuracy)
  • Hair grip/Bobby pin/Kirby grip (My favourite nail tool as starred in one of my favourite posts)

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1. Start off with your base coat.

2. Paint on your base/background colour (Elf – Innocent).

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3. Using your hair grip end dot on your heart shape on each nail. Don’t worry about it being perfect, when it comes it filling it in all will be perfect!

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4. Fill this in using a good nail polish brush, preferably a nail art brush for accuracy, I am using my Rimmel Pro nail polish brush. I like to use tools that are accessible to everyone. I don’t always use my actual nail art pens when I don’t have to, to make it possible for everyone to do this nail design without having to go all out and buy nail tools.

Dont Blob it on Do Brush it on

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5. Do the same with all your nails! They

Keep in mind your baby nail, it is going to need a smaller heart.

And Finally Seal the Deal with a Top coat

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I think this is perfect for everyday and even for Valentine’s enthusiasts who, I hope, won’t be put off by the title. Hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I did painting my nails. See you in my next post, Ready for the Run!

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]

 

 

All content and images © Malia Choudhury 2012 unless otherwise stated.

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