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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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 😉

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

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

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: Pink Leopard

I was inspired to do this design by the nail art sticker pattern I tried out on my nails a few days ago. I had done leopard print nail designs before, but this was the first time I tried doing it in pink, and it turned out quite nice!

This technique can easily be used on hands as well as toe nails. The best part about it–it’s super easy to do as animal prints are nautrally random and messy, so you don’t have to be precise.

As for color, I used three shades of pink, but you can have fun with it and try out any three colors of your choice  😉

The items I used for the design are:

– base and top coat by OPI

– light pink (210 Just Married by Catrice)

– medim rosy pink (Get a Rose 4 Me by H&M)

– bright fuchsia pink (210 by Hema)

– small dotting tool

Begin with a layer of base coat on your nails. When that is dry, apply the medium pink color.

Next, take the light pink color and make several random dots on your nails. The dots can be of arbitrary shape and size, so have fun and don’t worry about making a mistake! It’s impossible to make mistakes with this design 😉

This may take a while to dry as the dots will be more blob-like when applied with the brush, so grab a book for 15 minutes 😉

Next, take a piece of scrap paper and dropa a bit of the bright-fuchsia color on it. Take the smallest dotting tool you have and start creating c-shaped arcs around the light pink spots. Make one or two arcs per dot. Also, place a few random dots between the spots, for a wilder effect.

Next, wait another 10-15 minutes before the design is completely dry (how’s that book going?), then add a top coat and you’re done!

The Pink Panther has a rival now 😉 XOXO

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