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 – 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

Glam Nails Challenge Jan – Mittens Nail Art

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I’m really liking this challenge so far. I’ve had so much fun doing these winter inspired prompts. Continue reading

Halloween 2016 – Spider Web Nails

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This is the last Halloween design I’m posting! I had planned to do one more, but I’ve run out of time. Continue reading

Purple Glitter Nails

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Sorry for not posting in a while, but I wasn’t happy with my last nail design, so I decided to skip it. I also haven’t had many ideas for nail art lately. I might start a challenge soon since they’re always really fun to do. Anyway, this nail art is simple, but it looks so pretty in person.

For my base color, I used Orly Close Your Eyes, a beautiful red-toned purple. I applied two coats of this polish and was surprised by the opacity and pigmentation. I’m not sure why, but I expected it to be sheerer for some reason. I wish I hadn’t covered it up as much as I did because it’s such a great color.

I used a couple glitter polishes for the design. It was originally supposed to be a gradient, but I was in a rush so I didn’t do a great job of blending. The polishes I used are Sinful Colors Star Studded and Milani Jewel FX Lavender.

Purple and Gray Striped Nails

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Some time ago I did a striped design using different finishes for each color and I really liked it, so I decided to do something similar. Continue reading

31DC2015 Inspired by a Tutorial – Simply Nailogical’s Reciprocal Gradient

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I love these nails so much! These are inspired by Simply Nailogical’s Rainbow Reciprocal Scaled Gradient. Although her design is ten times more amazing (and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already!), I’m really proud of how my nails turned out. I was a bit lazy and only did two out of the four gradients, and only in purple – though if I had just done an accent nail I probably would have ventured to do all the gradients, but since I had to remove these the next day, I simplified it. I used Fresh Paint Passion Fruit for the light purple and Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier for the dark purple. The darker polish went on opaque, but the light purple gave me a bit of trouble, because it didn’t sponge as opaque as it normally applies. My gradient also didn’t turn out as smooth as I wanted, but it still looks great. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day!

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31DC2015 Inspired by a Color – Bite the Bullet

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I’ve been really busy this past week so I wasn’t able to post anything, but I have kept on doing the challenge so I’m about halfway through this last section! I originally did a completely different design for this prompt based on spun sugar, but I didn’t like it at all so I changed it to this. As always, I went by a nail polish name, and not a general color. This time it’s Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast Bite the Bullet. I love this purple because I think it looks great on all skintones and is just so pretty. My interpretation of the polish name is as literal as it gets, and I think it came out really cool! I used Sephora by OPI Personal Shopper for the lips and Color Club 24 Below for the bullet.

31DC2015 Violet – Amethyst Gems

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I don’t like this mani too much. I wanted to paint gems up close, but they came out too messy. I do love all the purples I used though:

Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier
Sinful Colors Fig
Sinful Colors Dream On
Kiss Nail Art Soft Purple