The weather here in Ottawa has certainly cooled off and autumn seems to be in full swing. I definitely felt it was time to paint my nails with some more earthy, season appropriate shades.
I opted for Foie Gras Nail Polish by China Glaze (from their Hunger Games collection) as well as Don’t Mess with O.P.I. (from their Texas collection). Both shades are creams with no shimmer or glitter.
Of course, if you want to replicate this and don’t have access to these two limited edition shades, just find yourself any two earth tone shades that contrast enough to create a fun look for fall.
Begin by using a base coat on all nails, this will help prevent your nail polishes from leaving any sort of stain on your nails. I used Seche Vite’s Clear Base Coat.
Once dry, I started out by painting half of my nails green and the other half brown, alternating for each finger. (Totally unecessary, but it was fun leaving them for a day like this)
Then, the next day you want to take some clear tape (whatever you have around the house will work fine) and create whatever patterns you would like on your nails. (If you don’t want to wait a day in between, use a fast drying top coat to help set the base polish, because if it isn’t 100% dry, the tape will pull it up and ruin your manicure!)
The tape helps you create perfectly straight lines for dual toned manicures. No mess!
What do your nails look like this fall?
As you can see, Sunday was a perfect day in Ottawa to stay in, watch a movie and paint your nails!
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!
I’ve been sick for 4 days and the doctor tells me that my virus is contagious and that I’ve still got another 2 or 3 days to enjoy this. Yay….
There are only so many movies a person can watch before they go insane cooped up in their apartment. So although I don’t feel up for much, I figured I could at least do my nails and that it would hopefully break up the monotomy of endless movie watching.
A few days ago I mentioned that I picked up a few colours from the Capitol Colours (Hunger Games) Collection that just came out from China Glaze. So I thought rather than just doing boring swatches of the 3 shades I got, that I could have a little fun with them. Using scotch tape, I was able to incorporate all three colours into one manicure. Thank you to “Chloe’s Nails” for the inspiration, I came across a post of hers and just had to try it. Check out her blog when you have a chance, she is super talented, has tried everything and has something there for everybody who loves nails!
Foie Gras – a dark brownish plum shade
Fast Track – a light tan with gold flecks
Hook and Line – a metallic concrete silver
Start out by painting your nails in a solid colour of your choice. I started with Foie Gras.
It is very important that your nails are completely dry before moving onto the next step otherwise the tape will pull up your base colour. Once dry you can just start taping off angles and colouring in sections with the other shades of nail polish.
One thing I noticed with the finished product is that this would work much better with 3 nail polishes that contrast more than these did (the gold and silver are too similar for my tastes). Or, if you wanted to use shades like this, than keep the dark shade in the middle all the time rather than randomizing each nail.
I’ll definitely try this again with different shades another time. (I am thinking neon colours for summer) But be warned, it does take a long time given that you need your polish to be completely dry before applying the tape each time. So try and choose polishes that have better coverage and require less coats, this way you won’t have to wait so long in between taping. Fast drying top coats will also help speed this up for you. This is definitely not a quick manicure, but if you are wanting to pass time while watching a movie, go ahead and have some fun with it!
Thanks for reading,
Another nail trend that I have fallen in love with is the ombre nail trend where you pick nail polishes of one colour, but varying shades. The goal is to be able to create a look that fades from light to dark or dark to light.
I found that in my collection, I had the best range in blue, at least for shades that seemed to do an okay job of flowing together. They aren’t perfect by any means, but they certainly get the point across for the purposes of this post.
To create this nail look I used the following nail polishes:
Thumb – Electrick! by Del Sol (for those of you familiar with Del Sol nail polishes, you know they change colour in the sun, this one in particular would go a light pastel green…good thing I don’t plan to go outside in the snow)
Index Finger – Sexy in the City by China Glaze (gorgeous metallic colour with green and teal undertones in certain lights)
Middle Finger – Frostbite by China Glaze (absolutely stunning rich bright blue)
Ring Finger – Art You Blue? by Fingerpaints (mystical blueish-silver)
Pinky – Up All Night by China Glaze (very dark midnight blue – NOT black)
You can certainly stop here if you like. But if your colours don’t flow as perfectly as you like, you can try adding a coat of glitter on top to really pull them together and create a bit more of a unified look while still keeping the unique ombre affect. I loved the bright colours on their own, especially for the coming Spring, but there is something fun and wintery about adding the coat of glitter. I really think it makes it look a little more season appropriate.
What do you guys think – better before or after the coat of Winter Wonderland by Orly?
Looking forward to hearing what you guys think!
Thanks for reading!