31DC2017 Inspired by a Tutorial – Pink Tie Dye Nails

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
ORLY Lemonade

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31DC2017 Supernatural – Ghost Nails

I’m starting my Halloween designs early with these ghost nails for the supernatural prompt! They’re not scary at all, but kind of cute, and the best part is that they were super quick to do. Once the black base had dried, I painted on blobs of white with the brush, then dotted in the eyes and mouth.

Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sally Hansen White On

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Flag – Slytherin Banner Nails

As usual, it took me a while before I figured out what I wanted to do for the inspired by a flag prompt. I think I would definitely prefer if this prompt was more general — after doing it a few years it just feels repetitive. But anyway, this year I decided to go the fantasy route and based my nails on the Slytherin banners from Harry Potter. I had to do Slytherin of course since that’s my house!

In my search I found a variety of different designs, so I just took the general look of them which usually featured green stripes and a snake. I like how even though they’re matte, the metallic snake still stands out.

Sinful Colors Envy
Revlon Eclectic
Art Club Nail Art Rose Gold Shimmer

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31DC2017 Inspired by a Book – Corduroy Nails

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman was my favorite picture book growing up (and still is). I remember actually reading it in a laundromat for the first time which was super appropriate too. Since I love the Corduroy books, I did the inspired by a book prompt based on him, and I love how it turned out! I think the overalls look so cute and I definitely had to include the pocket! Writing out the title with my left hand was harder, but I managed by dotting out the letters. After a few designs I’m not that satisfied with, I’m very glad I put more time and care into this one.

Revlon Parfumerie China Flower
Sinful Colors Nirvana
Kleancolor Bikini Green
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven
Wet n Wild On a Trip
Revlon Flirt

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31DC2017 Galaxy – Pastel Skies Nails

A few years back I did another pastel design for the galaxy prompt, but I ended up not liking it. I’m much happier with how this one turned out and I think it’s mainly because of the matte top coat. I just love how purples and pinks look when they’re matte. I was also more deliberate with my sponging, trying to create nebulae and stars instead of just randomly dabbing. I’m proud of my previous two galaxy designs I did for the challenge, but I’m glad I decided to tackle a pastel version again.

CND Aqua-instance
Orly Pink Waterfall
Revlon Charming
Zoya Hudson

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31DC2017 Yellow – Matte Rainbows Nails

I love how this nail art turned out! I’ve been really liking the matte look recently. For this design, I painted on the clouds just using the polish brush, then added the rainbow with the different nail art liners. I wanted to keep it simple, so on the purple nails I just put pearls.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow
Revlon Charming
Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink, Soft Purple, Soft Blue
Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven

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Back To School Nail Art + 31DC2017

I love how these school themed nails turned out! I wasn’t planning on doing back to school nail art, but then my sister gave me some nail deco she wasn’t using anymore, including cute apples like the one in the photo, which inspired me. I used a matte top coat on all the nails and I love how it makes the chalkboards look more realistic.

Sparitual Body
Sparitual Blue Lagoon
Revlon Sassy
Sinful Colors Clementine
Kiss Nail Art Soft Pink
Hurricane Nail Art Silver

On another note, tomorrow is the first day of 2017’s 31 Day Nail Art Challenge! Last year I completed most of the challenge in September, only going over a couple days. I think I’ll take it slower this year though (not too slow!). As a reminder, below are the usual prompts. The image is from More Nail Polish,  who is leading the challenge this year!

Tie Dye Nail Art

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!

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Icicles Nail Art

iciclenails

I’m so late with this post, but here it is! This design was for the icicles prompt! I love how the twigs turned out, since I was worried they wouldn’t be thin enough, but I was very careful with the brush. I haven’t used any top coat on these nails since I wanted to keep the background matte versus the shiny silver of the ice. The gray is Icing Matte Gargoyle and for the silver I used Hurricane Nail Art Silver.

Themed Thursday December – Gingerbread Nail Art

gingerbreadnailart

I love gingerbread cookies and making gingerbread houses. (A couple years ago I also did a gingerbread and peppermint candy design if you want to check it out here!) So I definitely had to incorporate both into my design!

I’m really happy with how the gingerbread man pattern turned out on my thumb, and I think a design using just that pattern would be so cute. I don’t have many brown polishes so I chose the dark brown I usually do, Sinful Colors Nirvana. The beige is Sinful Colors Espionage, a polish that applies well and is opaque in two coats. For the outlines of the houses and decor I used acrylic paints. Originally I was going to use a regular shiny top coat, but I decided to go for matte since it reminded me more of cookies.