Guest post: Easy Spring flower design

The lovely Emma invited me to do a guest post for her blog, which I was happy to do! Emma’s blog is full of reviews, hauls, fashion and beauty tips, etc., and Emma is a really sweet girl with a young, feminine sense of style so make sure to check out her blog 🙂

This design is very easy to do without special tools–all you need is 3 of your favorite colors and a toothpick!

If you want to learn to create it, click here for the step-by-step instructions! XOXO

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Pumpkin eclaires

For this design I was inspired by the lovely reds and yellows on the trees outside. It’s super-quick, easy to do, and it doesn’t require any special tools. The technique is similar to the Yoghurt Swirls design.

The items I used are:

– base and top coat by OPI

– yellow (010 Don’t Feed the Birds by Catcie) and red-orange (341 by My MNY) nail varnish

– dark brown nail-art striper (by Orkide)

– golden glitter (002 Effect Nails by Etos)

– a toothpick

 

After your base coat has dried,  apply one coat of the yellow varnish to your nails. Next, get the red-orange, yellow, and dark brown varnishes ready by unscrewing the caps and leaving the brushes sitting loosely in the jars. Also have a toothpick ready.

To create the design, quickly aply a fresh coat of yellow to one side of your nail and a thick coat of the red-orange nailpolish to the other side. Use the brown art striper to create a thick gooey line down the middle. Don’t worry if some of the nailpolish runs off the nail, you can clean it up later.


Next, quickly take a toothpick and with a zigzag motion create the pattern, starting at the base of your nail and working towards the tip. You should end up with something like this:

Repeat on the rest of your nails. This design is bound to end up a bit messy, so don’t worry if your design isn’t perfect, it will just add to the random artsy effect and will look great in the end 🙂

Once the design is dry, apply a generous coat of golden glitter. This will hide any imperfections and make it look like you put in a lot of time and effort into your design 😉

Apply a top coat and you’re done 😀 Good luck XOXO

Tutorial: Yoghurt swirls

This design is super-easy and literally took me just 5 minutes to complete.  All you need for it is a base and top coat, two contrasting colors of your choice (I chose my new plum color and opaque white), and a toothpick.

Begin by applying a base coat, followed by one coat of the plum color to your nails. Then, get both of your colors ready: unscrew the lids so that the brushes sit loosely in the jars. Also, have a toothpick ready. You will need to work quickly.

With several quick strokes, cover half of your nail with the white nailpolish. Then, cover the other half with a fresh coat of the plum nailpolish.

Next, quickly take a toothpic and make a swirl on your nail. Continue making circles until you are satisfied with the design.

Repeat this on the rest of your fingers:

You should end up with something like this:

Wait for the design to dry before applying a top coat. For fun, I added a glitter top coat to this design.

You’re done! Just be careful noone tries to eat your yummy nails 😉 XOXO

 

Halloween tutorial! Sexy spiderwebs ;)

Halloween is coming soon, and this year instead of zombies and gouls I think we should be bringing out the sexy beasts in us 😉 so I’ll be doing a series of fun and feminine Halloween-themed designs.

The first one was inspidered by my pet spiders who visit me every fall and set up shop around my kitchen window hunting for some fat juicy flies. Spiderwebs are quite elaborate and beautiful and are therefore perfect inspiration for a spooky yet feminine design.

Here are the items I used:

– base and top coat by OPI

– a deep wine color nailpolish (100 Wine-tastic by Catrice)

– a silver nail art striper

– several white rhinestones

Begin by applying a base coat to your nails. Then, paint several coats of the deep wine colour (you can also use black).

Now it’s time to draw the spiderwebs. You can either chose to do this on individual fingers or on all of them; I chose do do it on my ring finger and thumb.

Begin by chosing a point where you want the center of your web to be. For my ring finger, I chose the center of my nail. Draw several rays outward from that point.

Next, draw the little lines between the rays, try to make them more curved inwards than straight. This will make your design seem more elaborate and feminine.

Repeat the same process on the other nail(s) you wish to paint. You can chose different points on your nails where to start the spiderweb from. For my thumb, I chose the left inner corner.

Once your spiderwebs are complete, add a white rhinestone to the center of each spiderweb.

On my left hand, I chose to only paint the ring finger:

Finally, wait for the design to completely dry, then apply several layers of top coat and you’re done! Now you’re ready to catch your next prey 😉 XOXO

More pics of the design:

Tutorial: Safari french tip

Recently I posted some pics of a design I did ages ago that I thought was very office-appropriate due to the neutral colors used, but at the same time fun and super-easy to do. I acutally got the idea for this design from kairedelysart on youtube, switched up the colors a bit and the safari french tip was born! Why safari french tip? When my boyfriend saw the design for the first time, he said it looks like the hoofs of some exotic animal :p well, i suppose so…

Here were the items i used to create the design:

– base coat and top coat by OPI

– taupe nail polish (200 From Dust to Dawn by Catrice)

– white nail polish (103 by Seventeen Cosmetics)

– dark brown nail art pen (30 by Orkide)

– large dotting tool

 

After applying a base coat, apply two coats of the taupe polish

Next, create a french tip with a black or a dark brown nail art pen.

 

 

This is a great design to practice your french tip skills, as the tip doesn’t have to be perfect! We’ll be covering it up later with white dots 🙂 I acually messed up my tip on my right thumb, but it’s ok 🙂

Next, we’ll be creating the dots. Take a scrap sheet of paper, dab a small amount of the white nailpolish on it, and get your largest dotting tool ready.

The tool I used here was acually sold as a paper-embossing tool in the hobby section at my local euro store, and it was like a euro for four different sizes. Super-bargain, considering dotting tools cost around 2 euros each at the nail art counters!

To make a symmetrical “hoof”, dip the dotting tool into the nailpolish and place one large dot in the middle of your nail, on the french tip line.

Next, place two smaller dots on both sides of the larger dot, along the tip line.

Finally, add two even smaller dots at the edges of the nail.

Repeat this process on the rest of your nails:

Wait 10-15 minutes for the design to dry, then appy a top coat and you’re done! 😀

Here are more pics of the design:

 

This design would also look awesome with other colors–if you try any out, let me know how it worked out for you! XOXO

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