Easter Week: Nail Tutorial x2

Hey guys and welcome to a little thing I’m calling ‘Easter Week’ here on my blog (original, isn’t it? if you can think of a cool name let me know!).

For post number one I’m bringing you two super easy and spring/Easter inspired nail tutorials! (and I do mean super easy)

 

I’m not sure why my hand looks so awkwardly contorted… but I just love this nail look with the henna tattoo I have. Its just so pretty and I wish it would last forever!

The first post is this super pretty pastel/floral negative space design! It looks difficult but its quite simple. I originally got the idea from something I saw on pintrest but when I went back to find the exact picture I couldn’t find it. I’m sure if you search for it you can see it. I painted my pinky, middle finger and thumb nail all with a separate pastel colour and on my ring and index fingernail I used different sized dotting tools (if you don’t have any, bobby pins and tooth picks work) to make a floral design (using the same pastel colours). I used a base coat on all nails but I used a clear polish on the ‘negative space’ floral nails to make them nice and shiny before going over with a top coat.

I really like how they turned out and I think this would work for all kinds of events / seasons if you just change up the colours a bit!

 

For the next one I wanted to keep it pretty neutral. I love grey for ‘spring’ nails (even though its Autumn here – Easter is associated with the spring time). I thought that grey is also like the shade of the ever famous Easter Bunny so why not pay homage to the fella that hippity hops chocolate to your door?! I went with the tips in a festive coral colour to bring some pizazz to the look. I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out but I’m really happy with them.

There you have it, post one of seven of Easter week! I hope you enjoyed it and if you recreate any of these, I’d love to see them so tag me on instagram so I can see your handy work!

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Nautical Nails – Nail Tutorial

So in my head, its always appropriate to wear whatever nail polish you want, DON’T LET THE SEASON DEFINE YOU.

I picked up some nail polish yesterday when I was trawling the shelves of my local Priceline (6 bottles – I have an addiction) and I fell in love with two shades in particular.

The polish I picked up was from two different brands / collections. I picked up the entire ‘Nauti Girl’ range from essence and two of the ‘Calypso Bay’ polishes from Face of Australia. (I already have four out of the collection, me and Newbytobeauty are obsessed with that range) When I have the entire range of the Calypso Bay polishes I’ll be doing a post, *spoilers* They’re amazing. I also really love the polish from the Nauti Girl line that I used in this look, nice going essence.

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So as you can see it’s pretty simple, and also… PRETTY!

THE STEPS:

  1. The things you will need: This look can be done with a bunch of different colour combinations, for this look I used an antique gold shade and a deep navy colour. You’re also going to need sticky tape for the ‘cut out/ stencil’ design.
  2. The navy colour is: 01 Ahoy, Boy! from the Essence ‘Nauti Girl’ collection and the gold is: 03 Pirates Booty from the Face of Australia ‘Calypso Bay’ collection.
  3. Paint your nails with the colour you want to have the cut out in. In this case I wanted navy nails with a gold cut out so, gold is the first colour to put down. *Don’t forget to put a base coat to protect your nails.*
  4. Once they’re dry, take a piece of sticky tape and cut it into squares (any shape with a straight right angle on it). Stick it to the back of your hand a few times to get rid of the stickyness of it so it doesn’t rip up the polish. Place the tape on the nail, the position is up to you, but make sure its straight (or not, whatever look you’re going for is fine)
  5. Paint over the nail with the top colour, in my case navy. Once the colour is opaque (this only took me one coat with this polish) peel off the tape – make sure you don’t let the polish dry because when you take the tape off, the polish might chip or peel off too!

So there you go. It is really that simple! Add a top coat and you’re good to go!

I hope you like this, and if you try it out let me know, I’d love to see some different colour combinations!

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Black and White Water Marble Nail Art Tutorial!

Nail Art Tutorial!

This is the first time I’ve ever attempted this technique and let me tell you straight away – it is 10 times easier than I thought it would be and didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would!

I’ve broken it down into 8 simple steps and I’ll be uploading a video of my process to my YouTube channel, so be sure to check that out. I hope you like this, I’ll be doing more nail tutorials using this technique in the future for sure!


Preparation: Fill a cup (mine is a plastic disposable drinking cup) with ROOM TEMPERATURE* water, or let it sit out until it is room temperature. On clean and dry nails, paint a base coat to protect your nails, once dry paint nails white so the pattern is more vivid.

Close up of step 2. Notice how all the edges are anchored.

Step One: With your selected nail polishes, drip one colour in the centre of the cup and allow it to spread out (don’t be afraid if the colour fades dramatically or if it doesn’t reach the rim of the cup) with your next colour drop colour in the centre of the previous colour, doing this until satisfied – You’ve now created the ‘bullseye’ affect.

Step Two: Taking a toothpick or skewer drag the outside edged and connect them to the edge of the cup – this technique is called ‘anchoring’ it sticks the polish to the cup so it doesn’t move about so much when you’re swirling the polish around.

Step Three: Swirl and make your pattern with the toothpick or skewer. Don’t press too hard into the polish. Gently drag the stick through the polish to make the desired pattern. I wasn’t going for any real look, I was just having fun.

Step Four: Once you’ve got your pattern how you want it, decide where you’ll place your fingers, if need be turn the cup carefully to get a better angle.

Step Five: With a cotton tip in one hand at the ready, carefully submerge your fingers making sure your nails touch the polish first. Don’t remove them right away just keep them in the water.

Step Six: With the cotton tip, swirl it around the remaining polish in the cup, wiping it all up and making sure the water is then clear from residue. This is so when you take our your fingers, the residue won’t stick to the nails and ruin the pattern. Only once the water is free from excess polish should you remove your fingers.

 Step Seven: Use nail polish remover to clean up the polish on the skin. For a quicker clean up process, place sticky tape on the finger, framing the nail, so all you have to do is remove the tape and the skin is clean and only requires a little nail polish remover.
 Step Eight: Once fingers are clean and polish is dry, secure with a clear top coat and you’re done!

It really is very simple and I hope you try this out. If you do be sure to let me see your recreations by tagging me in it on Instagram or posting it to my Facebook Page.

* The reason it needs to be room temperature is because if the water is too cold, the polish will set too quick. It will not work either if the water is too hot.

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