31DC2017 Inspired by a Pattern – Mermaid Scales Nails

This nail art is one of my favorites from the designs I’ve done for this year’s challenge. I love the combination of turquoise and gold and I’m really happy with how the scales turned out. I used nail vinyls, sponging a few different shades of teal and green on top to achieve a shiny, metallic look.

OPI That’s Hula-rious!
Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, The Royal Me, Savage
Maybelline Gold’s Night Out
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Revlon Ocean
Sparitual Yes, I Can

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31DC2017 Geometric – Stenciled Triangles Nails

Geometric is one of my favorite prompts and I’ve done a lot of geometric designs in the past. Normally I freehand them, but for a change I decided to use stencils with a triangle pattern. It turned out a bit messy because instead of sponging the white over the stencil I applied it with a brush and some of the polish got under the stencil. I don’t mind it too much because it gives it a distressed look. I made the rainbow background intentionally messy, using only the brush to make the strokes and blending them a little. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, though next time I think I’ll stick to a sponge when using stencils.

Pure Ice Super Star
OPI Color Paints Indigo Motif, Primarily Yellow, Landscape Artist, Magenta Muse

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31DC2017 Flowers – Yellow & Blue Floral Nails

I didn’t want to have to take a break during the challenge this year, but my nail that was on the verge of breaking finally broke off. I couldn’t paint it so I had to wait a few days for it to grow back at least a little bit. In the meantime I prepared some of the designs for the other prompts on my right hand nails, though I’ll still have to do triple the work to actually finish in time. I’m determined to do it though, since I want to do a bunch of Halloween designs this year and not have the 31 day challenge only half completed.

Anyway, for the floral prompt I went for a yellow on blue color scheme with simple four-petal flowers and silver leaves. If I’m being honest, I don’t love it and the shortness of the middle nail doesn’t help, but I kept messing up on my right hand so I just did it on this one. If I had taken more time it would have turned out better, but I just wanted to get this design posted so I could move on to the other ones which I like more.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue
Sinful Colors Pull Over
Hurricane Nail Art Silver

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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!

Yellow Dot Nail Art

I’ve been really feeling the color yellow lately, so I did some simple bright polka dot nails. The lighter yellow is ORLY Lemonade and the darker yellow is Sinful Colors Pull Over. I wasn’t sure how opaque the ORLY would be, so I first applied a coat of white, but it only took me two coats. I don’t have the best luck with pastel yellows so I was pleasantly surprised with this one!

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Stamped Rose Nail Art

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Finally, here’s the last post for the Glam Nails Challenge! This design ended up being a headache and a half to do, and the above photo is from my third try. The prompt is ‘favorite color,’ so I debated between red and purple, but since I figured I’d be doing several red-toned designs now that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I went with purple.

Originally I did this same design as a decal using a stamping mat and different polishes. Everything was working out fine until I colored in the leaves and roses, at which point the colors would overshadow the outline, and it all looked like blobs instead of flowers. I tried with several different polishes until I grew so tired of it, that I just stamped on the image the regular way, then used a thin brush to quickly color them in. I don’t think it came out terrible, but I’m not happy with it either. The image is from the Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L014 plate, one with Valentine’s Day designs.

Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier
Kleancolor Metallic Green
Kleancolor Metallic Fuschia
Color Club 24 Below

Halloween 2016 – Vampire Pattern Nails

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I wanted to post these earlier, but it’s been so gloomy outside that none of my photos were turning out well. Finally I caved in and took them indoors. I’m loving these nails, though it took some work to get the end result. Originally I did this same design with a red glittery background, and while I loved how the glitter looked, the designs were barely noticeable. So I redid it using Ciaté Mistress, a bright tomato red. Unfortunately, it’s not very opaque, and after four thin coats I could still see my nail. I was able to cover the sheerer areas with the black at least. To draw the vampire pattern and blood, I used Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black. For the vampire I was inspired by a Born Pretty stamping plate. I actually ordered a few new plates with Halloween designs, but I don’t think I’ll get them before Halloween sadly.

31DC2016 Inspired by a Tutorial – Herringbone Print

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I was inspired to do this design after watching HannahRoxNails’ Herringbone Print tutorial on YouTube. Her nail art designs are amazing, many of them super intricate, and always with clean lines. Since I only wanted the Herringbone print on two of the nails, I did the other two in a simpler style, dragging the wiped polish brushes across the nail for a fade effect.

Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather
Color Club 24 Below
Art Club Nail Art Fine Gold
Sephora by OPI The Golden Age
Sally Hansen Black Out

31DC2016 Inspired by a Pattern – Floral Scarf

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After loving a previous scarf-inspired design I did for this prompt (you can see it here), I decided to do another one this year.  Continue reading