Inspired by outer space, these dark but shimmery nails have been making quite a splash in the blog world. After watching a couple tutorials, like these (one and two), I couldn’t wait another day to try them out myself. I’m a huge fan of manicures that look complicated and unique but are easy to achieve – this is one of them. For this manicure you’ll need quite a few different polishes: a black for the base, then you’ll apply a dark blue, followed by purple, followed by white – using a sponge to dab the colours on. Once those layers have dried, you’ll need a translucent and sparkly polish to layer on each nail, followed by a polish with large silver glitter pieces. I highly recommend watching one the tutorials above to see how this manicure is achieved before ruling it out for its complexity.
After two weeks of black and white manicures, I figured it was time to move onto to something a little more interesting. Using OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and You’re Such A Budapest, I created a double accent leopard print mani. The leopard print design looks intricate and complicated, but it is arguably one of the easiest to complete with just a few pointers. First, paint your nail a solid base colour. Once this is completely dry, paint random, uneven dots all over nail. Using a third colour – I used the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, draw “c” and “u” shapes around the dots you painted before. Fill in any blank spaces with dots and lines in the third colour. If you look closely you can see what I mean!
Sticking with the black and white theme this week – this manicure is a cross between elegant and trendy. To create this looks, start with a white base, I used essie marshmallow, and then paint the tips with a steady hand using an opaque black.
This weekend I treated myself to a few September fashion magazines. To my delight, beautiful nail art manicures were front and center in both issues, which left me no choice but to try one out. In Style featured a few do it yourself nail art instructionals using some of the best fall trends – so I happily obliged and gave one a try.The Dip-Dye Tips manicure featured both the negative space trend (as long as you use a nude base colour) and a deep blue ombre. You’ll need a makeup sponge, a pale or nude base colour , a deep blue and a top coat. I used Sephora by OPI Bare to Be Different as the neutral colour and OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw for the cobalt ombre effect. This manicure is fool proof as long as you follow a few easy steps.
Step 1: Prime your nail with a base coat – preferably a nail strengthener like OPI Nail Envy [product review here].
Step 2: Paint your nails completely using the nude/pink hue and allow it to dry completely.
Step 3: Using a makeup sponge, paint a layer of top coat on the tip and then follow with a layer of blue. Using the top coat first will dilute the colour which will give you the dip-dye look. Lightly dab the painted area on the sponge on your nail from the half way point to your tip, leave the cuticle area untouched. Allow your nails to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
Step 4: Using a fresh makeup sponge [or the other side], paint the edge with blue polish and tab on the tip area of your nail to saturate the colour.
Step 5: Once the blue lacquer is completely dry, follow with a quick dry top coat to seal the manicure. I used essie good to go for this [product review here]. I am extremely happy with how this manicure turned out – it is very unique and intricate looking.
Now that summer is in full force, my neon nail polish is making a come back – in a big way. This week I was having a hard time settling on a manicure idea, so I ended up doing a little bit of everything – and a LOT of neon. For this manicure I used essie marshmallow, Urban Outfitters bandeau and westside, Illamasqua devotee, and RImmel London black satin. You could really use any three neon colours though, the white and black are the only two essentials. I plan to try candy skulls again when I have a bit more time to add detail, I started this manicure too late last night to get really crazy with it.
This manicure looks seriously impressive – yet it is actually one of the easiest I have done to date. As long as you have the right tools [which are probably already in your kitchen] then all you need is a bit of patience and you’ll be sporting salon perfect nails!To achieve this look you’ll need:
a base coat
two coloured polishes
a top coat
First paint your nails with a base coat – as you usually would. Next layer on two coats one coloured polish. It is extremely important to allow this to dry completely. I even let mine set overnight before proceeding to the next step. For the base colour I used OPI I Saw.. You Saw.. We Saw.. Warsaw. Once you are sure that your nails are dry, cut 10 squares of Saran Wrap and scrunch them up a bit. Set them to the side as you will need to use them in a minute.
Using the second colour, paint a generous layer on one nail. I used essie eternal optimist. Take one piece of Saran Wrap and dab it on that nail to remove some of the top colour, allowing the base colour to show through. You can dab as much or as little as you like. Repeat this for each nail – one at a time. If you allow the top colour to dry too much before using the Saran Wrap you won’t achieve the same look. After you have “Saran Wrapped” all of your nails, finish with a top coat.
Now you could stop here and your nails would look fantastic – but I wanted to really jazz [who says that?] mine up. Here comes the bling! I bought mine jewels at Michaels, but you can easily find them [for a much better price] online. To add the rhinestones to your digits you will need a tooth pick and a bottle of top coat. Using the tooth pick, dot a small amount of top coat right where you want your jewel to be. I find bedazzling my nails is much easier when the polish underneath is dry – that way I don’t have to worry about smudging anything or leaving finger prints. Next you will place the jewel onto the wet dot of top coat – press it down gently but firm enough so it doesn’t move. Repeat this process for all of your nails [or wherever you want to add bling]. Allow the top coat dot to dry completely and then paint over the entire nail with top coat to seal the jewels onto your nails. I have been wearing this manicure for a week now and I haven’t lost a single jewel – not bad right?!
Happy nail painting!