Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat nail art tutorial 2!

Hi peeps! Since according to this post, you all absolutely loved these two tutorials, I made a new Cat in the Hat* nail art design!

This one was inspired by this picture of the Cat with a blue background:

Here are the items I used:

– base coat by OPI, top coat by Seche vite

– sky blue polish (Denim Dreams by H&M)

– red polish (036 by Inglot)

– opaque white polish (by Seventeen)

– red, white, and black nail art stripers

– a medium and a very small dotting tool or toothpick

Once your base coat has dried, apply the sky blue color to your nails.

Next, create quite a thick french tip on all fingers but your ring finger:

Next, with the red nail art striper, create two thin red stripes over the white tip: one at the base of the strip, the second one in the middle. This will represen the cat’s hat 🙂

Get your red and white nailpolishes, along with your dotting tools and a scrap sheet of paper, ready.

Dab a bit of the white nailpolish on the scrap sheet of paper, and with the medium dotting tool, roughtly create the outline of the Cat in the Hat on your ring finger.

Next, dab a bit of the red polish onto the paper and with the smaller dotting tool, create the red hat stripes and the bow.

Finally, with the black nailpolish and the smallest dotting tool you have, fill in the black parts of the cat’s body and draw his facial features.

Since you applied so many layers of nailpolish, wait a long while (I would recommend an hour) until your design is completely dry before applying your top coat.

You’re done! Have fun with your nail design XXOX

*Disclaimer: I don’t own the cat in the hat image posted above; I borrowed it to use for inspiration 😉

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Valentine’s Day tutorial: Hearts on a string

Hey guys and gals! Today I’m posting a tutorial I originally did for Valentine’s day, but never got around posting it on time cause I was busy with schoolwork… better late than never, eh?

It was inspired by the gigantic heart-shaped lolipops that are sold everywhere around V-day, though my boyfriend (who has Frisian roots) thought hat I had based it on the Frisian flag… ah, romance and patriotism! (Btw, no disrespect, but isn’t that the cutest flag ever?)

Here are the items I used for this design:

– base (OPI) and top coat (Seche Vite)

– white polish (Seventeen)

– sparkly dark blue (547 Blue Monday by GOSH)

– bright red (12 deman by Essence from the Let’s Go Girls collection)

– white nail art striper (Inglot)

– a toothpick

– a large and a medium dotting tool

Once your base coat has dried, apply the dark blue to your nails:

With the white nail art striper, draw a single vertical line on each nail, slightly off-center.

Dab a bit of the white nailpolish on a piece of scrap paper/plasitc. Pick up a bit of color with the dotting tool and create three pairs of dots, close to (but not touching) the line.

Wait 20-40 seconds for the nailpolish to become tacky, then using the toothpick drag the nailpolish from the centers of the dots towards the line, so that they meet at a point below the dots, forming a heart.

Next, take the red nailpolish and dab a bit onto the scrap paper. With the smaller dotting tool, place dots in the midle of the white circles and adjust the shape accordingly, until the red covers the white and forms a neat heart shape. Repeat this on all of your fingers.

Finally, apply a top coat to seal and protect your design. Time to get all romantic! (Or if you’re Frisian–patriotic ;)) XOXO

SNowflAKES on a plane!!

I am in the U.S. right now, visiting my parents for the Winter holidays. On my way here (a 8-hour flight from Amsterdam) I killed some time with this snoflake design, created with a raspberry-red polish as a base and a white nail art striper (french tip painter by Essence) to create the snowflakes.

The beauty of this design is, you can create as many snowflakes as you like and really get creative with the shape/size etc.

One tip though: nail designs and turbulence do not go well together 😉 XOXO

Gryffindor!

Howdy, Muggles, Witches and Wizards! Here is the design to display your Gryffindor pride 🙂

Here are the items I used:

– base and top coat by OPI

– a black-red polish (734 by L’Oréal Resist and Shine Titanum)

– a sparkling red polish (24 by Etos Long Lasting nailpolish)

– golden and dark brown/black nail art stripers

– a piece of a foundation sponge

Begin by applying the dark red color to your nails after your base coat has dried.

Next, dab a bit of the sparkly-red polish on a piece of scrap paper and with the technique I described in my Mermaid toes tutorial, sponge on a layer of the polish all over the nail.

Sponge on a second coat, keeping towards the center of the nail. Then, add a third coat, only along the very center, from base to tip. This technique will create a beautiful gradient effect, giving your nails a more dramatic emphasis.

Now take a golden nail art striper and draw a thick V-shaped line, pointing toward the outer edge of your nail, on all your fingers except the ring finger.

Draw a second, thinner line parallel to the first V-shape.

For the ring finger design, I was inspired by the Gryffindor coat of arms (picture above).

With the golden nail art striper, draw a thin cross with the centerpoint in the middle of your nail, so that it divides your nail into four quarters. Fill in two opposite quarters with the gold color.

With the dark brown nail art striper, draw an uppercase G on your nail. Outline the G with gold in the red quarters, to make it stand out more.

Next, add a top coat and you’re done! Now you’re ready to hunt for horcruxes 😉

Next up is Ravenclaw! XOXO

 

Mini-haul and Review: L’Oréal Resist and Shine Titanium polish

Just one nailpolish in this haul–L’Oreal’s Resist and Shine Titanium polish in the color 734 Black Red. Normally these are around 10 euros but this one was on sale so I couldn’t resist 🙂

I’m impressed by the quality–the color applies smoothly and evenly and is very pigmented, though I must say it’s not true to the color–it appears way more black on the nails than it does in the jar.

Here is what it looks like after one coat (with a flash):

The brush is quite wide, wich makes application easier and smoother.

Because the polish is so pigmented, a little goes a long way, and it also dries more quickly due to the less layers needed.

There’s a small flaw in the packaging: the square cap came off when I tried to open the tube. Of course this is a minor detail and perhaps the reason this particular batch was on sale 🙂

Overall, I give this polish an 8/10 (-2 for the not-true-to-tube color).

This is definitely a color I will be using often (in fact, I used it in my Gryffindor nail design, which is up next so stay tuned ;)) XOXO

Halloween tutorial: Vampy Vampire

This will be my last Halloween tutorial for this year.

For the Vampire design, I tried to think of what nail art a sexy vampire would actually want to wear on her nails, and this is the first design that came to my mind. It’s a sort of reverse-french tip, in a bloody color.

Here are the items I used:

– base and top coat by OPI

– sheer white polish (140 by My MNY)

– red nail art striper

– deep red nail polish (230 Brocade Red by Catrice)

After applying a base coat, apply your sheer white polish. This will lighten and even out your nail surface.

Once that is dry, take the red nail striper and draw an arc at the base of your nail. You can either follow the natural shape of your lunula or make a larger arc, like I did. If you don’t have a red nail art striper, you could also use the french tip guide stickers for this.

Then, take the red polish and cover the bottom half of your nail. You will probably get some nailpolish on the sides of your nail at this point. Don’t worry about it, you can clean it up easily later.

Repeat on the rest of your nails. If necessary, apply a second coat.

Cean the skin surrounding your fingernails with a correction pen or a q-tip dipped into some nail polish remover, and apply a shiny top coat. It will give your nails that seductive shine.

Good luck hunting for victims! Happy Halloween 😉 XOXO

Mmmmmmm blood….

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

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