31DC2017 Stripes – Distressed Blue Nails

For today’s stripes prompt, I did some distressed inspired blue-green nails. These were pretty easy to do and they didn’t take long. I painted stripes using shades of blue and green and went over them with sheer colors to further mix them. I love this nail art and might do it again in the future with a warm color scheme.

Salon Perfect Bermuda Baby
Sinful Colors High Strung
Sparitual Emerald City
OPI Do You Have This Color in Stockholm?
OPI Purple Perspective

Previous years’ nail art:

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31DC2017 Blue – Leopard Print Nails

I’m a day late, but here are the nails for the blue prompt! I wasn’t sure what to do, so I went with leopard print which I haven’t done in a while. I’m really happy with how it looks and I love the holographic touches. I took the photos outside, but it wasn’t that sunny so the holo isn’t as obvious.

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain
Sinful Colors Navy I Do
Art Club Nail Art Iridescent Glitter
Sally Hansen Nail Art Purple

Previous years’ nail art:

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Blue Arc Nails

Just some quick nail art I did! This was simple and only took me a few minutes to do. I really like the combination of the blue, rose gold, and light green.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue
KISS Nail Art Bikini Green
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

Abstract Waves Nail Art

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
ORLY Snowcone
Sparitual Full of Life
Pure Ice Super Star

Pool Party Nail Art

I was really excited when I saw the pool party prompt on the challenge since I hadn’t done anything like it before. It was also a great opportunity for me to practice painting water. At first I was just drawing long, curved white lines for the reflections, but that wasn’t looking right. So, I googled some photos of water and noticed the reflections were made up of smaller sections. I made the white lines shorter and connected them. I also did several layers for a more translucent water effect. The blue I used, Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money, is not particularly sheer, but with a light coat it left the lines partly visible.

For the lemonade and the floats I used a white nail art liner and the accent colors listed below:

Salon Perfect Traffic Cone
Salon Perfect Let’s Not Coral
Salon Perfect Flamingo Flair
Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

I’m really happy with how the water looks and the nail art in general. I want to keep practicing the reflections, but this one’s definitely one of my favorite designs so far for this challenge.

Neon Oranges Nail Art

I decided to do a summer-inspired challenge this month similar to the one I participated in back in January: Glam Nails Challenge June. I’m a little behind but I’ll try to get them done in time. The prompts are fun and definitely very summery.

I went with a simple design for the oranges prompt, choosing a sky blue and neon orange. I’m not in love with it since I don’t think the oranges turned out that well, but I do like how bright it looks and the contrasting colors. Before adding the orange, I painted the circles in white so the colors would pop more.

Salon Perfect Traffic Cone
CND Vinylux Aqua-intance

Here are the prompts and dates for the rest of the challenge if you want to take part!

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Metallic Blue Ribbon Accent Nails

Pretty simple and quick nails. I really wanted to wear Kleancolor Metallic Aqua and added a couple  more touches to give it some pop. I really love the polishes from Kleancolor’s metallic collection – the shades are super vivid and look great on the nails. On top of the blue I added two coats of Milani Jewel Fx Fuchsia. The glitter’s not that dense, but that’s the look I was going for, so I didn’t layer on the polish too much or sponge it on. For a final touch, I added gold ribbon studs I bought on ebay. They’re very cute and I love them as a focal point for the design.

Neon Blue Nail Art

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.

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Winter Wonderland Nail Art

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I really enjoyed today’s prompt of winter paradise. I had already planned out what I wanted to do and made some minor adjustments to the design when I actually got to work on my nails. This nighttime scene was surprisingly easy and quick to do. I began by applying Sinful Colors Most Sinful, a deep blue, on all the nails. For the mountains I mixed the blue with white polish (Pure Ice Super Star) and painted large triangles in the middle of the nail. After painting in the snow and dotting the stars and moon, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, a dark green, and KISS Nail Art Bikini Green, the lighter green. As a final touch, I included the little figures and the deer using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens.

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – North Pole Nails

northpolenails

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:

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