When I saw the cover for the latest issue of Nail It! I instantly fell in love with the nail art (you can kind of see it in the background of the photos). The original design is by Ashley Craig, and the magazine includes several of her amazing rock-inspired nail art looks. I really wanted to recreate it but in a greenish/blue color scheme.
I began by applying a coat of Sparitual Emerald City, a semi-sheer teal polish. I wanted the nails to be less opaque in certain areas to give the impression of layers, like in Ashley’s original design. Using Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink, I then drew the curvy lines across the nails, trying to keep them “natural” looking. Finally, I added Hard Candy Emerald’s Eve, a super dense green and gold hex glitter in some of the sections. I love it! The original has bunches of Mylar as accents, but since I didn’t have that and didn’t want to use rhinestones, I just decided to leave it as is.
Love this color! 1-2 coats, no topcoat. There are some bare spots on the thumb because the polish dries quickly and the brush dragged some of it. It turned out best when I applied it in quick strokes.
I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do with my nails, so I was browsing for some nail art to recreate when I saw these esNAIL silver gradient nails. I love how smooth the gradient looks, and the glitter they used on the tips. I decided to do a gold version since I haven’t done a gold gradient in a while. I didn’t use a sponge as I blended the colors with the nail polish brushes. I used several different gold toned glitters, and they helped to blend as well. Finally I added some AB rhinestones (though they just look clear in the photos), yellow and orange rhinestones, and a few yellow caviar beads, which unfortunately fell off by the time I took the pictures :-/ I’m really happy with these overall though!
Fresh Paint Steampunk
Maybelline Bold Gold
Finger Paints Key To My Art
China Glaze 5 Golden Rings
Sinful Colors All About You
Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age
I have to say I’m disappointed in these nails. The design was great in my head, but it didn’t transfer well to reality. The base color is Wet ‘n’ Wild Under Your Spell, a deep shimmering red I was surprised to find is a bit sheer. It built up easily with a couple of coats, but it doesn’t give the same effect as in the bottle. The gold glitter on the tips and around the hearts is Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me Top Coat. To make the hearts, I waited for the base color to become tacky, then took a pointed Q-tip soaked in acetone to remove the polish leaving a heart shape. I filled in those areas with Milani Creme Brulee, a semi-sheer cream. Part of me likes how the hearts turned out, but the other part just doesn’t like how it all looks.
Valentine’s Day is still a couple weeks away, but I thought I’d get started on a few Valentine’s designs. I love how this one turned out, I think it looks super delicate. I began by applying a very thin coat of Sinful Colors Lively in Lilac, a semi sheer purple with pink glitter, on the index and middle finger as a base for the flowers. I outlined the roses with Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink, and filled them in with Sinful Colors Dancing Nails and Sinful Colors Vintage. To accent them, I made a few dots with Cosmetic Arts (an unnamed silver polish). I used the same silver and Dancing Nails to create the gradients on the thumb and ring fingers. I’m really proud of how they turned out. I didn’t use the sponge technique, but instead applied quick strokes with the nearly clean polish brushes. For the pinky, I used one coat of Dancing Nails, and dabbed two coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild Fastdry Atlantis on top.
I really like these nails! I had some trouble photographing them as my camera kept picking up blue tones instead of green. The nail polishes aren’t as blue as they look in the photos. I used two Sinful Colors polishes: Green With Ivy and Savage. Savage is a blue (a bit turquoise) that dries matte. It doesn’t look bad matte, but I think it stands out more with shine. I used a coat of that for the base color and it covered evenly and opaquely. I like this polish but I don’t use it often because it stains my nails terribly.
I bought Green With Ivy recently and this is my first time using it. It’s a mix of stick glitter and mini round glitter in a sheer teal base. I only used one coat for the nails and I was able to apply a decent amount of glitter. For this design I prefer it sparse, but you’d need a few more coats to make the glitter look as dense as in the bottle.
The green and gold accent studs add some interest to an otherwise simple look, though I don’t think they’ll stay on long because of their large size.
I don’t like this design too much – the polishes look much duller on my nails than they do in the bottles, though my nails look much better in person. The camera didn’t pick up too much of the holographic effect either. The two nail polishes I used are Sally Hansen Complete Open Mica Night and Sinful Colors Charmed. I used two coats of Charmed, a silvery lilac glitter for the base color since it’s pretty dense, and topped the nails off with one coat of Open Mica Night.
This photo is in indoor lighting so you can see the holographic effect better. I think with a few more coats of Open Mica Night it would look more like a proper gradient. I also plan to pair these up with darker colors next time so they ‘pop’ more.
I’m back! I gave my nails a much needed break after New Year’s and the craziness that was the 31 Day Challenge. I really wanted to do something pink, so I went with two coats of Sparitual Magnify, a Barbie pink, and topped an accent nail with some studs.
Happy New Year’s everyone!
I kind of rushed this design a bit so I could get it done before midnight or else I’d have to tag it 31DC2015! I’m happy with how the nails turned out though. They’re a bit simpler than the design they’re based on (this one by esNAIL), and I changed a couple of things. The stars in the original have sequins and some caviar beads, but I did without them on my own nails. I also switched up the sequins on the index nail for rhinestones, since I don’t have the ones they used in the design. In the photo it looks like I’m missing some rhinestones on the right, but it’s just the light making them clear. I’m not sure if they used foil on the original nail art to get the mirrored effect, but I thought some silver, holographic foil would be a nice choice. Unfortunately it crinkled with the top coat.
Under the rhinestones and foil I used a metallic silver from Cosmetic Arts (it’s unnamed). The red accent nail is Milani Paint the Town Red, the white is Ciaté Snow Virgin, and the black is Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink.
See you in 2015!!
I love how these nails turned out, though my right hand is a lot messier looking. I had a difficult time in general making the pointed tips for these, and I couldn’t figure out why. Just now I’ve realized that I did the design upside-down! I did these late last night, so who knows where my mind was. I followed this tutorial by NailObsessionn on YouTube for the technique to make the chevron shapes using only the polish brush, and no tools.
I love the color combination, and actually picked the colors out before choosing a tutorial because I wanted to use them together. Ciaté Hidden Gem is the mustard I used as the base color. I’ve been on the search for a good mustard polish for a long time, and while this one isn’t 100% the shade I imagined, it’s pretty close. It requires two coats. The middle greenish-brown is Sephora by OPI Happy Earth Day To Me. This one was a bit streaky, so it also needed two coats. The shimmering dark teal is Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again, one of my favorite teals. This polish applied super smoothly and only needed one coat. I also don’t have any top coat on these because I couldn’t find it at the time.