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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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Ultimate Glitter

20 Jul

I’ve been looking for the ultimate Glitter nail polish for ages. One that would make nails look completely glittered up and not look like bits of glitter are scattered with white nail spaces visible. When I was in River Island the cashier had bright orange glitter nails, I asked about them and she said they were gel ones. I hate gel ones, they feel so heavy and weigh down my fingertips. As I was browsing River Island online, I added Glitter NYX Salon Nail Polish to basket on impulse and it happened to be ‘the one’. It’s a bronze colour, exactly what it looks like but doesn’t seem to have a name.

With just two coats of NYX Glitter Polish, it sprinkled and sparkled a very glittery and smooth finish without even needing a top coat like usual glitter nail polish due to the rough texture. This has absolutely no rough or uneven texture, absolutely smooth with each stroke.

I used Elf Polish ‘Innocent‘ as a base for this and Barry M’s 3 in spa 1 Base Coat Top Coat and Nail Hardener all in one as the top coat.

Wearing Elf’s Innocent (the little finger was a little experiment of what one single coat of the NYX Glitter Polish would look). I think this is a glam look that would take you from the end of summer throughout Autumn/Winter 2012 adding a bit of sparkle to the dull days to come.

Cute Ladybug Nails

7 Jul

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I wanted to try something more simple, cute and literally light, so when I noticed ladybugs on Alexa Chung’s twitter photo I had to try them out. Doing nail designs always weighs down my fingertips because of the amount of coats needed for the design but this is lighter and also more natural looking in a way since I haven’t done a coloured background. I have actually been trying to think of ways to keep my nail clear coated but still with some sort of design because I really like the shape and tips of my nails naturally. So this is perfect and what’s more, you don’ have to wait for a layer to dry until going to the next step (until the final step when applying top coat).

I did my ladybugs at an angle and almost at the tip of my nail to create the effect of them crawling. I know real ladybugs have black on the top of their heads but I didn’t want to be too fussy about it deatil, either way it’d still look ladybird/ladybug to me.

To keep it looking natural I decided to use a clear coat as the base, I used No7’s So Bright Nail Brightener which instantly brightens up your nails, making it look more lighter brighter and healthier.

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What else I used:

Barry M Matt WhiteRimmel London Lycra Pro Coral Romance and Barry M Black.  I particularly like Rimmel’s Coral Romance as a red, it’s so bright and orangy red (simply coral really).

You’ll notice the background effect when the ladybird clashes against it.

Step 1: Apply Nail Brightener or any other base, it could even be a coloured base.

Step 2: Use your nail paint brush to create an oval shape, don’t worry about it being absolutely perfect, it isn’t noticeable when you add the finishing touches. TIP: To make sure it isn’t all blobby go over it with a hair grip removing any excess nail paint but careful not to remove too much.

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Step 3: With a nail art brush (dip the brush into your chosen colour, black) draw in the antennas, again, you don’t have to worry about perfection, this was a surprisingly easy step.

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Step 4: Add the black dots (as many or as little as you like) with a hair grip end by dabbing the end into the nail paint bottle careful not to take up too much. Dot it onto your ladybirds. Note: Application is easier when you pull the hair grip apart as shown in many of my nail art posts.

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You may want to do smaller black dots as legs on their sides, but it doesn’t really matter a you can’t see their legs when you look down on an actual ladybug.

Step 5: Give your ladybug some eyes with the same method as you did the black dots.

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Step 6: Just go over with a clear top coat for protection. Or if you want to leave it this way like I sometimes do since I hate the weight it gives on my fingernails, you can do this since this nail design isn’t all blobby with lot’s of tricky steps.

Finally…

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A closer look…

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Coming up…

Swallow/Bird Print Nails!

and

How To Wear Coloured Jeans

Feeling Mellow GO YELLOW

15 May

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I had never thought to try out yellow nail paint of all colours. I simply never thought it would look good on me. season has been all about change and trying out new looks for me; I’ve been daring myself a lot. From dressing up, and looking at the most – what I would have called – “outrageous” outfits, I have learnt a lot about what I love about this seasons picks and about myself and my own image in terms of fashion.

It was when I was looking for a colour for the middle of my daisies in my Daisy Nail Art Tutorial when I thought, ‘hang on, I could use this as just a plain nail polish for my whole nail’ and that’s when the magic took effect! It looks amazing and I got compliments. I think it was just that stand-outishness of it that got people’s attention.

 

See Daisy Nail Art

Top 6 Pastel Paints from my Favourites!

13 May

Since I have too many favourite nail paints, I tried to narrow it down to 5, but even that didn’t work so I kept it to an odd number of 6.

 

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These are just the BarryM ones: from left, Berry I/C (Ice cream), Pink Flamingo, Mushroom, Peach Melba

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Collection 2000: from left, Fruit Salad, Lemon Soda

I’m not a big fan of Collection 2000 cosmetics but it happened when I was looking for a very light pastel yellow for my Daisy Nails tutorial, I finally found the perfect yellow shade, and then it led to me buying the Fruit Salad one too, it’s like a lighter shade of the BarryM Pink Flamingo.

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From thumb nail clockwise, Collection 2000 Fruit Salad, BarryM Peach Melba, Collection 2000 Lemon Soda, BarryM Pink FlamingoBerry I/C (Ice cream), BarryM Mushroom.

Have you seen? American Inspired Nail Art

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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