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

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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

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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.

Themed Thursday December – Christmas Lights Nail Art

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This was a quick design to do and I think it turned out pretty well apart from a few messy spots here and there. I didn’t want to go too colorful with this one, and instead opted for an icy color scheme. The background polish is Ciaté Chinchilla, a blue-gray. I really like the look of the white lights, but it would be so easy to add color if you wanted to.

31DC2015 Gradient – French Tip Pink Gradient

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I haven’t done a gradient in this block style before, and I think it came out really nice. I decided to go for a matte top coat and surprisingly it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.

Sinful Colors Pink Forever
Sephora by OPI The Way Tutu His Heart
Sephora by OPI What Aura Gonna Wear?
Sparitual Magnify
Wet n Wild Shine Tickled Pink

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I’m way behind on the challenge now but I’ll try to post more quickly. I want time for some Halloween manis this year, so I’d like to be done with the challenge before then. We’ll see . . .

31DC2014 Inspired by a Flag: World Flags

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I figured out what I wanted to do for “Flag” day last month, so I was excited when I finally got to do it. Originally, I had planned on doing much smaller flags, and more of them, but ultimately I settled on a medium size so I could do more detail. They’re still a bit messy, but I love how they turned out, and from far away they almost look like nail stickers. I was going to do a shiny top coat, but went with matte to change it up.

Ciaté Snow Virgin
Sinful Colors Nail Art Simple But Fun (green), Be My Valentine (red), Sunset (orange), No More (blue)
Hurricane Nail Art Yellow
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink
Revlon Matte Top Coat

Only 3 more to go before I finally finish the challenge!

31DC2014 Inspired by a Movie: Winnie-the-Pooh

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I’m trying to get back into the swing of the 31 Day Challenge, and hopefully finish it before the year actually ends!

I LOVE how this nail art turned out, and since the design is pretty simple, it didn’t take me long at all. As you can probably tell, it’s based on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, though I also drew inspiration from Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne, which I love even more than the movies.

I used black acrylic paint for the outlines and white acrylic paint for some corrections, but the base is Ciaté Snow Virgin, a very bright white. I wanted to give it the feel of being on a page, so I kept my colors to a minimum, using Sparitual Intention, a pretty, sparkly red, for Pooh’s shirt. I gave the balloon a watercolor effect by mixing some polish thinner into Sephora by OPI Natural Environ-mint to sheer it out. I decided to go matte with top coat, using Revlon Matte Top Coat.

esNAIL Inspired: Matte Navy Colorblock and Bows

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These nails are inspired by an esNAIL design. I lost the link to the exact nail art, but this one is similar. The navy is OPI Russian Navy – matte and the sheer pink is Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast Sugar Coat.

31 Day Challenge 2013: Stripes

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I think this is my favorite nail art I’ve done for the 31 Day Challenge so far. I love the colors and the combination of texture, matte, and shiny finishes. I used tape to make clean lines.

Sparitual Body (matte)
Ciate cream soda
Milani Tainted in Red (texture)

31 Day Challenge 2013: Metallic

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I would’ve posted these sooner, but I’ve had a cold for a couple of weeks now and haven’t felt like painting my nails too much. Now that I’m better though, I’m really excited to continue the challenge! I was a bit unsure of what to do for metallic nails, but I knew I wanted to use my foils. So, I decided to do a gradient with a matte black. The matte black I used is Sparitual Body. It applies evenly, but doesn’t stay completely matte for long. After about a day, it had more of a satin finish.

I ended up not top coating, because I didn’t want to dull the shine in the foil. Unfortunately, it only took a day for the foil to rub off since it had no top coat. I think the main problem wasn’t the water or soap, but hand sanitizer. Immediately after using it, I noticed most of the foil was gone. I think it might have been the alcohol, but I’m not sure. The shine from the foil isn’t too obvious in the photo, but it had already rubbed off before I thought to take a better one.