Here are some 80s inspired nails for the second prompt! I really like this type of pattern and I think it can be done so many different ways too. I used four nail polishes for the base colors: Salon Perfect Purple POP!, a neon purple, with LA Colors Just Radiant, a shimmery purple layered on top; Milani Power Periwinkle, the blue; and Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?, a hot pink. For the designs I used a variety of Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens.
I love this nail art, but it definitely took some trial and error. I used two polishes: ILNP Mega (S), a linear silver holo, and Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish. I couldn’t get the holo to show up much even with outside lighting, but in person it’s definitely holographic.
I first used a peel-off base coat which was a mistake, but it totally slipped my mind until it was time to peel off the vinyls. Once I switched base coats, the mirror polish became the problem since it requires a special base coat. Once the base coat dried it kept sticking to the edges of the vinyls so by the time I applied the mirror polish itself it would pull up when removing the vinyls. I solved this by sponging on the base coat instead of just using the brush. This is a subtle design, but it looks really cool especially up close.
I’m really loving these nails, I think they look so festive! They were quick to do and I didn’t use any special tools. On Cyber Monday I purchased this year’s Julep #Coveted set of mini nail polishes (I’ll have swatches and a review of that up soon), so I used several of those in this design.
For the pink glitter nails I used Julep Azalea, a pink holographic glitter with a yellow/gold sheen. I didn’t use sponging for the glitter since it was pretty dense, but I did apply three coats which made it nearly opaque.
For the striped nails I used Julep Fran, a bright red, and a rose gold nameless polish from Academy of Colour. I like the red, but it takes several coats to achieve full opacity. I did two coats on these nails and there were some areas that still looked semi-sheer. What I should have done was use the red as a base, then paint the stripes with the rose gold, but instead I did all the stripes separately which ended up being more work.
Finally, for the Christmas tree nail (my favorite), I began by applying two coats of Julep Yixi, a pretty mint shimmer for the background. Using Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil I then painted a curvy line down the nail to resemble the tree shape. To give it more dimension, I painted a thinner line over it with Julep Jolene, a greenish-gold metallic. I added the star by dabbing Julep Marisol, an orange shimmer, on the top of the tree.
Recently, I did a tie dye design based on a tutorial by Nailistas (you can check out mine here). I love how it turned out so much that I decided to try it again for this prompt, but using a color scheme closer to the one she used in the tutorial. This is such a fun and easy nail art to do that doesn’t require you to be so neat. It’s just a matter of applying several layers of polish, then using a Q-tip to remove the top layers. If you’re interested in trying it out, be sure to check out her tutorial!
Ciaté Cupcake Queen
Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil
Sinful Colors High Strung
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Halfway through this nail art I realized it’s really similar to the wave nail art I did last year (here). I even used some of the same polishes! The waves on that design are narrower though, and I wanted more of a marble look here.
Sorry for the photo quality not being that great, but I was trying to get these done as fast as possible for the challenge. It’s not June anymore at this point, but at least I only have one more nail art to post, and that will be up soon! June was pretty hectic for me and some personal issues came up, but this challenge served as a nice distraction. So even though I kind of tumbled through it I’m glad I took part!
Sinful Colors Navy I Do
Sparitual Full of Life
Pure Ice Super Star
These are definitely my favorite so far from the challenge! I hadn’t done tie dye nail art before now, so this took me some practice. This design is actually my second try, because my first, blue and white swirls, didn’t look like tie dye at all. I took some photos and might post it eventually, but it’s not very good.
Because I didn’t know how to do tie dye nails, I looked up some tutorials. I ended up following this one by Nailistas. Although the nail art itself looks complicated, it’s actually easy to do. Basically, you start with a white base, then apply top coat. Once dried, you apply 3-4 thin layers of different colors, letting them dry in between. Then you take a Q-tip soaked in nail polish remover and lightly rub over the nail so the colors will show through. I applied a matte top coat like in the tutorial, because I really loved how it looked.
Apart from the white, I used three nail polishes: CND Vinylux Be Demure, a light pink, Salon Perfect Purple POP!, and OPI AmazON…AmazOFF, a dark teal. I’m so happy with how these nails turned out and the color combination I used. I want to try more tie dye nails in the future!
The third prompt of the Glam Nails June Challenge is neon. It’s such a general theme that I wasn’t sure what to do at first. Originally I tried colorful neon stripes, but I wasn’t satisfied with it so I started over. I pared down the amount of polishes I was using from five to just three: Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow, Salon Perfect Pink-y Swear, and Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby, a sky blue. For the accent glitter, I used Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold.
To get the look of the abstract rainbow, I applied each of the three polishes in quick strokes using the brushes over a white base. I then added more layers until I was happy with how the colors mixed. In person they’re very bright and slightly darker.
I wanted to do a neon blue design for a while, but I couldn’t find any neon blue that I liked. Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby is a bright turquoise with subtle blue shimmer. I applied it over a white base, and it took about 3 coats for full opacity. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it’s pretty close.
I used a zebra pattern stencil for the accent nail, and applied Kleancolor Sangria Burst, a neon orange, and Kleancolor Bikini Green. I tried mixing the colors in the middle for a gradient effect, but the green just isn’t dark enough to stand out against the blue properly. For the middle and thumb nails, I used Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish for the diagonal accent design. Now, for it to actually work, I had to first apply the base/top coat that comes with it over the blue before using the mirror polish on top of that.
The two silver glitters are: Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter and Kiss Nail Art Rock Star.
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!