I was playing around with some polishes on the weekend and wanted to do something fairly bright, seeing as summer is practically over. 😦 I’m in denial and am trying to get used to the fact that I’m going to have to get used to more muted, darker shades soon for the course of fall and winter. I also wanted to use a couple of new shades that I haven’t tried out yet.
Club Prive is a baby blue (with an aqua tint) from L’Oreal and is a part of their permanent collection. It is sheer but milky and I found that it required about 3 coats to be perfectly opaque.
I used Club Prive as my base and then layered on a generous coat of Mermaid Tale, by Orly, from their Flash Glam FX Collection.
Mermaid Tale is a full on glitter polish with a clear base. It is made up of both small and medium sized glitters in a variety of green and blue shades.
I had a lot of fun with this manicure and am really looking forward to trying out “Mermaid Tale” in a Jelly Sandwich!
Tell me, are you still clinging on to summer colours? Or have you already made the transition into fall?
It had been far too long since I’d put any effort into how my nails looked. So I decided to go all out and do a nail marble, instead of just painting them a single boring colour.
Depending on how familiar you are with Nail Marbling, you might want to first visit my full picture tutorial “The Art of Nail Marbling“.
I wasn’t actually blown away by how this manicure turned out. I found it, just “okay”. I blame it on my being rusty! But I figured I’d still post about it and let you all take a peek anyway.
To start out, I used a white basecoat: Paper Mache by Fingerpaints. I did two coats and let dry.
Then I taped around each nail on one hand using scotch tape.
For my marbling colours, I went with a green, red and blue nail polish – all from China Glaze. (I’ve used these polishes multiple times for nail marbling and have never had any problems getting them to expand in the water.)
I decided I wanted a lot of white in this manicure, so I alternated each colour with a drop of white in between (again, using Paper Mache nail lacquer by Fingerpaints as my white). My bullseye pattern ended up looking like this:
Using a toothpick I created a design.
I love bright funky manicures and with the purchase of my new Konad Nail Plates, I couldn’t help but create something wild.
What you’ll need:
- Nail lacquers to use as your base. I chose to use three colours.
- A nail lacquer thick enough to use for your pattern. I am using Konad Special Polish in black.
- Your plate of choice. I’m using M57, a konad nail plate featuring mainly animal print designs.
- The stamp.
- The scraper.
- Nail Polish remover.
- A couple of cotton balls and q-tips.
- Paint your nails with your base colour(s). I started out by doing a stripe down the centre of my nail in Solar Flare by Nina Ultra Pro (a very neon fluorescent yellow). You don’t need to worry about how straight it is, because you will be going over the edges with your other shades.
- Then add another colour to the outside of each finger nail. (Again, not the biggest deal if your lines aren’t perfectly straight. Once you are completely done your manicure, the focus will be on the stripes, not how straight the lines are underneath.)
- And then of course, take your third colour and add it to the inside of each finger nail. At this point, your nails should be completely painted.
- Next step is the stamping of your zebra print/tiger stripes on top. For a full picture tutorial on nail stamping, please visit my post Konad Nail Stamping. Lay your plate on a piece of paper towel.
- Cover your design with your special Konad nail polish.
- Use your scraper to clear off all of the extra polish.
- Press your stamp onto the plate design.
- Roll the stamp onto your nail, transferring the design. If you have short nails like I do, the pattern will get all over your skin as well. (Don’t worry, it is easy to clean off afterwards using a q-tip and some nail polish remover.)
- Using a cotton ball with some nail polish remover on it, clean the plate, scraper and stamp before repeating for each nail. (This might seem tedious, but I promise, it only takes about 10 minutes to stamp all of your nails.)
- Once all of your nails are complete, clean up the skin surrounding your nails and apply a top coat. I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
This manicure is super bright and fun. And I love the endless combinations with something like this. You can change the colours underneath; how many you use, the direction you apply them…there is just so much you can do! What do you guys think of the finished look?
After my and Samira’s whirlwind visit, upon arriving home, I almost immediately got sick. Feeling not so hot resulted in a lot of couch time. I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV and not doing anything else at the same time. So I decided to put some time in and create a manicure I really loved. You might remember what happened, last time I was sick. I created a very lengthy scotch tape manicure using my new Hunger Games colours…and although I loved the idea, I wasn’t crazy about the colours together when I finished…
So this time, I made sure I would love the finished result. Best way to do that – GO BRIGHT!
First let’s look at the colours I used:
I started out by painting my nails different colours. You can see that I originally wasn’t planning on incorporating yellow into this manicure, but once I started making the blocks, I couldn’t resist.
Use a fast drying top coat on your neon manicure and give it a couple of minutes to set. (I have the best results using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)
From here, I simply started by creating one block on each finger until each finger had a contrasting block of colour.
Let’s take a look at creating blocks:
First, using clear scotch tape place a strip vertically on your nail. Clear tape will work the best because you can make sure it is sealed nice and tight to help avoid any bleeding.
Then, using another piece of tape, place one horizontally on the same nail.
Once your tape is on and you have a good seal, choose a contrasting colour and paint the exposed portion of the nail.
Once the exposed portion of the nail is filled in, you want to remove the tape before the polish is dry. (This way when you lift up the tape, it won’t pull up the polish with it.)
Your nail should like something like this when done your first block. Be sure to use your fast drying top coat again and move onto your next nail.
After you have a few nails complete, your manicure should look something like this:
I wanted to make sure my manicure had a “random” look, so I placed the blue block in different quadrants on each nail.
From this point, you simply repeat for each nail until you have four contrasting colour blocks on each finger nail.
I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in between each colour to help speed up the process, but it still takes a long time. Pop a movie in and you will be good to go! 😉
I have to say, that this is probably my most favourite manicure that I’ve ever done. I can’t remember loving my nails this much, ever. What is so cool about it too, is that you can really choose any colours you want. You could even incorporate the ombre nail trend into your nails by using all shades from one colour if you wanted. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look and if you see yourself giving it a try!
So with the record breaking beautiful weather we had been having this March, I was inspired to do a Spring Time Nail Marble. I went with bright colours this time to try to capture all the sunshine we’d been receiving here in Ottawa.
To start out, I used a basecoat to prevent the yellow from staining my nails. I then painted all my nails with two coats of Orly’s Hook Up Nail Polish.
***I chose to do a yellow base for this nail marble because I wanted the colours to show up very bright and vibrant. Giving them a bright yellow background to lay on top of, does just that. Please keep in mind that you will have to adjust your base depending on what colours you use. For example: purple on top of yellow might end up looking sort of brown. You can always use white to be safe, but it can also lighten the colours a bit and almost wash them out in a sense. When in doubt, experiment and find a combination that works for you!***
Once dry, I taped around my nails with scotch tape and was ready to start my nail marbling in the water. Here is a look at one of the designs:
The polishes used are:
Green – Paper Chasing by China Glaze
Blue – Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Polish in Pacific Blue
Yellow – Orly’s Hook Up (same as the base used above)
Here is a look at some of my nails before the removal of the scotch tape: