Glam Nails Challenge June 2018 – Paisley Nail Art

The second prompt of this month’s challenge is paisley. I personally don’t like how paisley patterns look all that much, so I went with a simple design. I still wanted to keep it a bit colorful, so I used a variety of polishes for the background and lighter shades for the paisleys themselves.

Revlon Plum Seduction, Sassy
Sinful Colors Lavender
Kiss Nail Art Soft Blue
Sparitual Shoot For The Stars

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Glam Nails Challenge June 2018 – Cactus Nail Art

I always get the urge to do some nail challenges during the summer months! I’m a little bit late, but here’s the first prompt for this month’s Glam Nails Challenge: cactus (or cacti in this case)! I just did a cute little pattern I thought of right after seeing the prompt. The base shade, Ciaté Pretty in Putty, gave me so much trouble though. It might have been because it was a mini, but it was so streaky and thick I won’t be using it again.

The rest of the polishes I used in this design are:

Sinful Colors Envy
Revlon Sassy
Color Club Trick of the Trade

Here are the rest of the prompts for June’s challenge created by @nbnailart on Instagram. If you’re thinking of giving it a try, you should! You don’t have to stick to it 100% — just have fun with it!

 

Nail Polish Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

I think these turned out so cute! These nail polish nails are for the freehand prompt of the Liga Nailista Challenge. I could have done something a little more complex, but I got the idea to do this pattern and just went with it! I used my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens over Ciaté Chinchilla, a gray-blue. As you can see from the index nail, I started drawing them more randomly then changed my mind and decided on more of a fixed pattern, which I prefer.

As a side note, I would definitely recommend the Sally Hansen pens if you have a harder time using nail art brushes. The pens are much easier to use, but they’re a bit pricey so I’d wait for a sale. I’ve bought all of the colors and the only one I would not recommend is the Pearl White since it never shows up properly. I get the most use out of the White and Black ones in general.

80s Pattern Nails – Liga Nailista Challenge

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.

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

Previous years’ nail art:

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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

Previous years’ nail art:

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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

Previous years’ nail art:

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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

stampedrosenails

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