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Showing posts with label Tutorial. Show all posts

Leopard print nail art on an eyeshadow base - tutorial

Monday, August 11, 2014

I have a fun tutorial for you today. Leopard print nail art over an eyeshadow base. I wanted something a little different and I got it.
Leopard Print Nail Art
Leopard Print Nail Art
This eyeshadow base can be used as the canvas for so many different nail art looks. Let's take a look at what was used to create this look.

An e.l.f. eyeshadow palette. This EyesLipsFace palette has a wide variety of colors and is inexpensive.

I also used Zoya Tixie, purple and black metallic acrylic paint, gloss acrylic paint, nail foil glue and various nail art tools.



Now let's look at the steps. 

Start off with a base coat to protect and prep your nails. Then apply a silver base coat. I used Zoya Trixie. The silver is the perfect color for the eyeshadow we will be using in a minute. 


Then apply a thin coat of nail foil glue. Nail foil glue is a thin white glue that will remain tacky when it's dry.


Let it dry until it is clear. This just takes a few minutes.


Take a soft brush and apply a thin layer of eyeshadow over the tacky nail glue. Applying several different colors gives it a great marbled look. I used brown, tan, pink, and purple. Don't apply it too thick or when you finish and add your top coat it can cause cracks to form in the colors. If that happens, just wait a few minutes and apply another coat of top coat. 





Now it's time for the spots. I mixed metallic purple and black paint until I got the shade I wanted. 





Using a nail art brush, add spots. I never make mine the same shape. You don't want perfect circles - just basically splotches. 



Now use black paint (or polish) and add definition around the spots. You don't want to be too light handed - don't be afraid to make thicker lines to make it dramatic. Add random small dots with a dotting tool. 



Add top coat and you have a shimmery, classy leopard print manicure!


Leopard Print Nail Art

Would you try this look? It's a simple way to get a unique manicure.


Valentine's nail art with tutorial

Thursday, February 6, 2014

This last has been a busy week. So many giveaways and wonderful happenings. But I wanted to take a minute and share some nail art with you. I have a cute little Valentines Day mani and a tutorial for you.

Let's take a look. And yes, I love Tweety Bird!

Valentine's Day Nail Art
Valentine's Day Nail Art

Valentine's Day Nail Art
Valentine's Day Nail Art


Valentine's Day Nail Art
Valentine's Day Nail Art

Valentine's Day Nail Art Tutorial
Valentine's Day Nail Art Tutorial

I started with a base coat of Zoya Purity. It's a great white polish that works wonderfully for nail art. Then, using a striping brush and blue acrylic paint I added diagonal stripes.

I used a dotting tool and Zoya Purity to add white dots on the lines to break it up into small broken lines.

Then use a dotting tool to add dots for the top part of the hearts. I alternated purple and pink between the diagonal lines.

Use a nail art brush to connect the hearts. Just paint a stripe down from each outside part of the dot and bring them together into a point at the bottom. It's actually pretty easy when you break it down into steps!

What are you going to be wearing on your nails for Valentine's Day?

These products were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors and mobile devices can show colors differently.

Holographic butterfly nail art and tutorial

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sometimes something inspires you. I saw the most amazing idea on YouTube and I just had to try it. It's cutout shapes using a paper punch. You know - the kind you can get in the scrapbook section of your hobby store.

I saw this video of marbled fish shaped cutouts for nail art and I was hooked.

So I set off for Michaels and scored a few punches. They were on sale for 40 percent off so I got them for about $2 each. I saw a lot that I wanted to try but the cutout shape would have been too large.

I decided to go with butterflies. 

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art
 
Now let me share with you how I did it. I used a margarine tub lid and brushed clear nail polish in about a 1 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch rectangle. You want the clear polish to be a little larger than the area you will paint the colors. Then I applied Colors by llarowe Good Fortune in a rectangle. After this (and you want to move relatively quickly.) I applied drops of Colors by llarowe Yo, Cupid, Take a Hike, Tank Tops & Flip Flops, Little Red Corvette and Black Gold, Texas Tea.


Then I used a toothpick to swirl the polish. No particular pattern - just a few vertical and then horizontal swirls. 
 

Then I let it dry. The video says to let it dry for an hour. I don't think that's long enough. So I ran some errands and did some chores and came back in a few hours. It was completely dry and came off the margarine lid very easily. I started pulling it off with tweezers and then just used my fingers to remove it from the lid. 


Here's the dried polish pulled off of the lid. It stayed together and didn't stretch at all.


Then I got the punch that I had picked out. I was kind of worried because it has some fine detail. I wasn't sure it would punch cleanly through the polish. But it did!


Here are the butterflies I punched out. There were more. Word to the wise - make sure you keep them out of any wind. And keep it out of the reach of snorting bulldogs. My dog went to check them out and blew half of them across the room.


The I started the assembly. I used Zoya Purity for a base color. Then I applied a coat of Colors by llarowe Coconut. I wanted white and the jelly formula of Coconut over Purity gave me the finish I wanted. Then I applied a clear coat to my nails. Don't use a fast dry top coat. While the top coat was still wet I used a pair of tweezers and applied the cut out butterflies to my nails and pressed down the corners. 


I finished off with a few dots of Colors by llarowe Yo, Cupid, Take a Hike and then applied a top coat of Seche Vite.

I love this look!

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Holographic butterfly nail art
Holographic butterfly nail art

Are you going to try this method? It is super easy! I'm definitely going to try and find some different shaped punches.

Some of these polishes were sent to me for an honest review. Some were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may show colors differently.

Peppermint candy nail art tutorial

Monday, December 2, 2013

Where did the last year go? It's that time of year again - holiday nail art! Today I have a cute little peppermint candy nail art post for you. I had done this one previously and decided to do it as a tutorial. It really is easy.

Those red and white swirled candies have been a holiday tradition as long as I can remember. Some of the colors from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 screamed peppermint to me. So that's what I did.

Here is the one I did a month ago. My nails were longer and the red stripes swirled a little more, but the concept is the same.



And this is the nail art I did for the tutorial.

Peppermint Candy Nail Art
Peppermint Candy Nail Art

I started off with a base color of OPI Ski Slope Sweetie. I love this shimmery white with gold tones.


Then I added a dot of OPI In My Santa Suit to the center of each nail. This adds a centerpoint for each candy swirl.


Then using In My Santa Suit again, I made stripes radiating out from the center. I should have "swirled" these a little more I think. Just make sure that the gaps between each line equal an even number. You can make as many of these as you want.


Then I filled in every other gap with the same red polish.


I outlined the red with OPI "This Gown Needs a Crown." I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite and there you have it!


Peppermint Candy Nail Art
Peppermint Candy Nail Art
Such a fun little mani!

The polishes in this post were either purchased by me or sent as a gift. All opinions are my own. Please note computer monitors may vary in color display.  

Spider and web Halloween nail art tutorial

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I love holiday nail art. Halloween is no different and it allows for so much creativity. I wanted something glitzy - yet in the spirit of Halloween it had to have a little bit of creepiness to it.

So how about a holographic spider web on your nails? 

I want to show you step by step how I did this and then you have the option to change it up if you want. 

I used Color Club Rad Nomad for a base color. It is a deep, dark gray shade that works quite as a canvas for this nail art.

Step one: apply the base color.
Step one: apply the base color.
Then using a striping brush and Color Club Harp On It I added diagonal lines from the corner of my nail. Harp On It is an amazing silver holographic polish.

Step two: add diagonal lines from corner of the nail.
Step two: add diagonal lines from corner of the nail.
Then I continued with Harp on it and painted the radiating lines of the spiderweb. I almost left it just like this I liked it so much!
Step three - paint connecting lines.
Step three - paint connecting lines.
Then I used a dotting tool and dotted a large dot for the spider's body and a smaller one for the head. I used Color Club Cosmic Fate. You can see that I actually started by using the black holographic Color Club polish Beyond. But there just wasn't enough contrast for it to show well. So I dotted over it with Cosmic Fate.
 
Step four - make a large dot for the spider's body and a smaller one for the head.
Step four - make a large dot for the spider's body and a smaller one for the head.
Then I added the legs. Okay, I admit my spider looks a little squished. But I have to say that is exactly how I like any spider that is around me to be - squished. I am not a fan of spiders!

Step five - paint the legs
Step five - paint the legs
 I added a top coat of Seche Vite and I had a sparkling spiderweb on my nails!

Halloween Nail Art - Spider and web
Halloween Nail Art - Spider and web
I love the way the holographic web shines. 

What's going to be on your nails for Halloween? Are you going to include a holographic element?

The polishes in this post were purchased by me.

Nail art using eye shadows tutorial - subtle floral look

Sunday, September 15, 2013

All of us have those makeup drawers and cabinets that are overflowing with half-empty (or is it half-full) palettes of eye shadows. Why not use them for nail art?

I have seen this on the Internet and decided to try my hand at it. I love the subtle marbled look it gives the nail. Although I think the next time I do this nail art I will try it with darker flowers.






It's really easy! I am going to show you how I got this look.

I started off with a base color of Milani Almond Bliss.


I grabbed one of my eye shadow palettes that has been used and abused. I guess I liked the misty green and gray shades in this palette the most. I also grabbed a cheap art brush. This isn't a nail art brush. It's too fluffy but it works great for this. I think this brush is one of those pack of ten brushes that I got at the dollar store.


I applied a top coat, not a fast dry top coat, and then dabbed on the eye shadow. Don't brush it on - just tap the eye shadow in the areas you want it. I applied different colors on the nail. It will look rough at the beginning. Don't worry about that and just keep going.


When the top coat is dry use the brush to apply long strokes to smooth the color. Then use your finger to run down each nail and smooth it even more. 


I used acrylic paint to add white flowers and then I added details to each flower with gold acrylic paint.


The finished look is an antiqued look. I think the final outcome will depend on the colors you use. I can't wait to play with bright colored eye shadow. 

Nail art using eye shadow
Nail art using eye shadow

Nail art using eye shadow
Nail art using eye shadow

Nail art using eye shadow
Nail art using eye shadow
Will this be something you would try? What colors would you use?

 

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