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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Catrice Urban Baroque-inspired nail design

This nail design was inspired by the Catrice Urban Baroque limited edition collection. It aims to combine Baroque elegance with a dirty, vintage feel.

Here are the items I used to create it:

– base coat by OPI

– a pale pink nail varnish (C02 Rock Baroque from the Urban Baroque LE collection by Catrice)

– a black nail varnish and tip painter (both from the Essence I Love Berlin LE collection)

– a matte top coat (by Essence)

– a medium and a small dotting tool.

Begin by applying a base coat. Once that is dry, apply several layers of the pale pink until the color is opaque.

With the black tip painter, create a french tip on your pinky, middle and index fingers.

Next, dab a bit of the black nailpolish on a scrap sheet of paper and create the baroque-inspired vase shape on your ring finger and thumb. To show you how I created the design, here is a step-by-step closeup on a sheet of paper:

1. With the medium dotting tool create five dots in a triangle-shape, closer to the tip of your nail.

2. With the small dotting tool or a toothpick, drag the nailpolish from the dots downwards to a point below the center of the triangle. From the top dot, drag an additional line upwards.

3. With the medium dotting tool, create a large wide “dot” just below the point where the dot-lines meet.

4. Drag two C-shaped curls from the dot, downwards. Create two short lines under the wide C-shape.

5. Add a few small dots around the vase design.

While the designs on your ring fingers and thumbs are drying, add three small black dots at the base of each of the french tip nails.

Wait at least 40 minutes until all of the layers have completely dried. Then apply a matte top coat to your nails. This will give the design that dirty vintage feel.

If you’re not satisfied with the “matte-ness” of the top coat, you can always add an extra layer to enhance the effect. Once that is dry, you’re done! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰ XO

Beige black french tip

This is a very simple and understated design, great for the office or conferences. The black french tip is a classic but a bit boring, so I spiced it up a bit. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Begin with ya neutral base color (I’m using 150 by My MNY, a milk chocolate-beige color)

 

With a black nail art striper (I’m using Essence), create a French tip on your nails.

Next, prepare a small dotting tool, a scrap sheet of paper, and a simple black nailpolish.

Dab a bit of the black polish onto the scrap sheet of paper, then using the dotting tool, create a line of small dots just under the french tip.

Now just add a top coat and you’re done! XO

Snowflake french tip

Hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas!

This Christmas I finally met my boyfriend’s family, so for the occasion I decided to do something simple and chic with my nails ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a firm believer that the classical french tip manicure is perfect for any occasion, and you can always add a bit of flavor to it with a simple design ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the items I used:

– base by Inglot (out of Nail Envy—noooOoooOOooO!)

– translucent milky color by MNY

– silver and white nail art stripers by Essence

– top coat by OPI

Firstly, create a simple french tip using the translucent white polishย  and white nail art painter.

Next, create a snowflake design on your ring finger and thumb. You can be creative, but the simples way to make snowflakes is to draw a 6-point cross and then elaborate a bit on each of the branches. I made one large snowflake and several tiny ones on each of the fingers.

Now, add a bit of detail with the silver nail art striper: outline the main branches, without touching the smaller ones. This will add a bit of depth and sparkle to your design.

Now just wait for the design to completely dry, then add a top coat and you’re done! Enjoy the beauty and elegance of Winter before it melts ๐Ÿ˜‰ XOXO

Slytherin Pride!

Anybody else as excited as I am about the first part of the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows movie coming out soon? To celebrate, I’ll be doing a Hogwarts house-themed series of tutorials ๐Ÿ™‚

A while ago, I did the sorting hat quiz on the Harry Potter website, and I got Slytherin as my house (twice!) Not bad, considering Salazar Slytherin’s favorite virtue was ambition ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Plus, being selected to Slytherin makes me feel extra-badass since all the villans are from there :p)

So to honor my Hogwarts House, the first tutorial will be for Slytherin! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the items I used:

Slytherin’s colors are green and silver, so I used a green (250 I Sea You by Catrice) as my base color, and a sliver nail art striper (03 silver surfer by Essence) for the details. Additionaly, I used a base and top coat (OPI) and silver rhinestones.

Begin by applying a base coat. Then paint your nails with the green.

Then, create a silver french tip on all nails except your ring finger.

Draw a thin silver line under the tip on each nail, parallel to the tip.

Now it’s time to create the serpent-like S on the ring finger. I worked from the Slytherin logo above, which I had borrowed from a site I found through google (don’t remember the name of the site).

For extra bling, add some rhinestones to your S. I went a bit crazy and covered the whole S with silver rhinestones, but you can also try to do just the eyes on the snake.

Apply a generous top coat (gotta keep those rhinestones in place!) and you’re done!

Now I’m ready to cheer for my quiddich team and win over Draco Malfoy’s heart! ๐Ÿ˜‰ XOXO

disclaimer: I don’t own any Harry Potter characters, I just use them for inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ XOXO

Mmmmmmm blood….

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I acually messed up my tip on my right thumb, but it’s ok ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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