I really enjoyed today’s prompt of winter paradise. I had already planned out what I wanted to do and made some minor adjustments to the design when I actually got to work on my nails. This nighttime scene was surprisingly easy and quick to do. I began by applying Sinful Colors Most Sinful, a deep blue, on all the nails. For the mountains I mixed the blue with white polish (Pure Ice Super Star) and painted large triangles in the middle of the nail. After painting in the snow and dotting the stars and moon, I added the pine trees with Sinful Colors Nail Art Take Me To Heaven, a dark green, and KISS Nail Art Bikini Green, the lighter green. As a final touch, I included the little figures and the deer using Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens.
I’m kind of surprised I haven’t done any penguin related nail art in the past since they’re so cute and easy to do. I began by applying one layer of Kleancolor Metallic Black, an opaque black that applies so smoothly, I love it! Towards the edges it could have used a second coat, but I didn’t bother since I was going to cover them anyway with Pure Ice Super Star, the white. I used some leftover sticker guides I had for the chevron tips, and they remind me a little of abstract ice or snowy mountains, which definitely fits the penguin theme. Finally, for the yellow accents I used Hurricane Nail Art Yellow.
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.
I’m really liking this challenge so far. I’ve had so much fun doing these winter inspired prompts. Continue reading
For the Neon Snowflakes prompt, I decided to go with a neon background instead of making the snowflakes neon. Continue reading
After searching for a challenge to do, I finally found one I liked on Instagram: the Glam Nails Challenge for January. It’s filled with winter themed prompts, some I had planned on doing anyway, so I couldn’t wait to get started!
I was originally going to paint a North Pole village for the second prompt (I’m skipping the first since I’ve already done two New Year’s designs), but decided to focus on ice and snow mounds instead. Unfortunately that wasn’t so easy to execute. Icy landscapes tend to be a lot of blue and white, and without proper shading everything just looks indiscernible.
In my first attempt I started with a light blue background, added the snow in white, and attempted to shade with blue. But by the end, I could barely tell what it was. So I tried again, using a neutral colored background instead: Ciaté Iced Frappe. This gave the ice and snow more of a contrast. The rest of the design I did using acrylic polishes, mixing in more water in some areas to get a translucent icy effect.
I encourage anyone who’s interested to try this or another similar challenge out! The prompts are fun and they don’t require the daily commitment of challenges like the 31 Day Challenge. Here are the rest of the prompts:
Merry Christmas! These nails were kind of a rush job which is why they’re wrinkled in a few areas. I started with Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl, a metallic white, on all of the nails except the accent. The stamping plate I used is Born Pretty Celebration BPX-L008. I love all the holiday designs on it and they’re so well done. The green I used is more on the turquoise side, Revlon Ocean, and the red is Essie Sweet & Delicious, both metallic polishes. When stamping, I applied both colors to the image for a gradient effect. For the accent nail, I applied the Revlon and Essie as the base colors, then topped it off with glitter: Sinful Colors Green Ocean, Sephora by OPI Be-Clause I Said So, and ELF Love Me.
Simple stamped snowflakes over CND Vinylux Patina Buckle, a dusty red duochrome. I absolutely love this nail polish! Duochromes are some of my favorites but most of the ones I’ve bought are too sheer. This one was nearly opaque on the first coat. The stamping plate I used for the snowflakes is Born Pretty’s Celebration BPX-L008. For stamping, I used Sally Hansen White On. I’ve had it for a while now, so it’s pretty thick and great for stamping.
Finally back from my break! I was planning on posting sooner, but some things came up and I didn’t have a chance. Anyway, ever since I bought the sweater stamping plate (BP-L018) from Born Pretty, I’ve been really wanting to wear some sweater patterned nails! Continue reading
I don’t know about this nail art, it looked way better in my head. I thought making different Christmas trees would be a good idea if I gave them all the same color scheme, but it’s just a mess. The middle nail was supposed to be a rhinestone tree not an explosion, by the way. I do kind of like the ring finger nail. I used tape to make a triangle, then sponged a blue to green gradient over it. After removing the tape, I applied striping tape around the edges and to make the trunk. The gradient is not very obvious in the photo, but it looks better in person.
Ciaté Knee Highs
Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor
Maybelline Color Show Blue Blowout
Sparitual Crystal Eyes
Sparitual Blue Lagoon
Kleancolor Bikini Green