I’m really liking this challenge so far. I’ve had so much fun doing these winter inspired prompts. Continue reading
The third prompt for the Glam Nails Challenge is “sparkles.” Although a general prompt, I figured out what I wanted to do quickly. I knew I wanted a half moon design over a glittery black background. I added the rhinestones last minute, since my original idea was to draw white diamonds on the nails. I’m glad I added the rhinestones instead! Not only do they add the sparkle, but they make the design feel more complete. I love these nails and I’m super proud of how well the half moons turned out since I didn’t use any guides.
Sadly, the design didn’t last long on my nails. I’ve been trying UNT Ready for Takeoff Peel Off Base Coat, but I still haven’t mastered it. I either apply too little and I have trouble peeling it off, or (like in this case) I use too much and it pops off too easily. Still, these nails were great while they lasted.
Kleancolor Metallic Black
Sinful Colors Watch It Shine
Color Club Apollo Star
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer
For the Neon Snowflakes prompt, I decided to go with a neon background instead of making the snowflakes neon. Continue reading
After searching for a challenge to do, I finally found one I liked on Instagram: the Glam Nails Challenge for January. It’s filled with winter themed prompts, some I had planned on doing anyway, so I couldn’t wait to get started!
I was originally going to paint a North Pole village for the second prompt (I’m skipping the first since I’ve already done two New Year’s designs), but decided to focus on ice and snow mounds instead. Unfortunately that wasn’t so easy to execute. Icy landscapes tend to be a lot of blue and white, and without proper shading everything just looks indiscernible.
In my first attempt I started with a light blue background, added the snow in white, and attempted to shade with blue. But by the end, I could barely tell what it was. So I tried again, using a neutral colored background instead: Ciaté Iced Frappe. This gave the ice and snow more of a contrast. The rest of the design I did using acrylic polishes, mixing in more water in some areas to get a translucent icy effect.
I encourage anyone who’s interested to try this or another similar challenge out! The prompts are fun and they don’t require the daily commitment of challenges like the 31 Day Challenge. Here are the rest of the prompts:
With 2016 finally over, I’m taking a look back at all the designs I did this past year and choosing ten of my favorites! Continue reading
For this New Year’s I wanted something bright and different from the dark color scheme I usually do, so I went for blue and white. I think drag marbling is such a great alternative to water marbling because you get a similar effect in less time and without the trouble. This design reminds me of water and feels refreshing for welcoming the new year.
I began by applying two coats of Sparitual Full of Life though you can’t actually see it anymore since it’s under the dry marble. For the marbling, I dabbed the nails a couple times with each color: Ciaté Snow Virgin, Orly Teal Unreal, and Sparitual Blue Lagoon. The glitters I used on the accent nail are Cover Girl Disco Dazzle and OPI Lights of Emerald City. To draw the numbers I used Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in White and Blue.
A simple but elegant design for Kwanzaa representing the kinara. I actually made this more complicated than it needed to be since I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing when I started. So instead of applying the gold first then adding the candles on top, I actually applied the colors first, waited until they had dried, applied double pieces of striping tape and then added the gold last. Unnecessarily complicated, I know! But I love the end result regardless.
For the candles, I used Sparitual Radiant, a shimmery red, and Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, a black with silver shimmer. I used two different polishes for the green. I began with Sinful Colors San Francisco, a metallic green, but that was too sheer even after several coats. So I applied Ciaté La Dolce Vita, a darker green on top. But that was too dark for what I wanted, so then I added another layer of San Francisco over it to brighten the green. Finally, after securing the striping tape, I applied a thick layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Go For Gold. Next time I do a similar design, I’ll think it through before I start so I don’t wind up with a ton of layers!
Last year I did Hanukkah nail art for a holiday challenge, but that design was simpler than this one (you can check it out here). I really like the combination of blue and silver, and I especially love this blue in particular. I used two coats of Julep Pepper, a shimmery blue on all the nails except the accent. Before applying top coat, I pressed on pieces of silver foil. I bought this foil a while ago, and it’s great because it doesn’t require glue and both sides are usable. I also dabbed some of the blue on the edges of the foil to blend it in more. On the middle nail I cut striping tape to represent the menorah and fit as many pieces as I could on the nail.
For the accent nail, I used Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter, which is actually a scattered holographic silver. Then, using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Blue, I drew on the stars. I’m super happy with how the foil nails turned out and want to do something like that again soon with different colors.
Merry Christmas! These nails were kind of a rush job which is why they’re wrinkled in a few areas. I started with Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, a metallic white, on all of the nails except the accent. The stamping plate I used is Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L008. I love all the holiday designs on it and they’re so well done. The green I used is more on the turquoise side, Revlon Ocean, and the red is Essie Sweet & Delicious, both metallic polishes. When stamping, I applied both colors to the image for a gradient effect. For the accent nail, I applied the Revlon and Essie as the base colors, then topped it off with glitter: Sinful Colors Green Ocean, Sephora by OPI Be-Clause I Said So, and ELF Love Me.