Hello nail art lovers!

When I am in the mood of a cute and girly nail design I usually opt for polka dots. They are fast and easy to make and they always make me smile when I look at my nails. Combined with pastel colors, they are just perfection for the blooming spring around (don’t be too hard for me for exploiting my pastel shades so much, they are so adorable).

So this will be a super straightforward nail art tutorial for how to get mix and match polka dots nails art with pastel colors. I just want to say these nails were super difficult to photograph due to the close color shades and in person your eyes will have much more contrast than the camera has shown.

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

Pastels and polka dots nails

First, paint some of your nails pastel pink and some of them pastel lilac color
For this nail design I chose Models Own Strawberry Tart for all fingers and Models Own Grape Juice for my ring fingers. You can choose any shades of your liking but to get this designs effect I suggest the colors be rather close hues.

Add polka dots to all nails
To make your nails even cuter, add polka dots. Use pink for your lilac nails and lilac for your pink ones. I think polka dots lo0k best when they are not too close to each other so I applied three to four dots per row. You can you a regular bobby pin of you do not have one of those special dotting tools. I used a regular pin’s head.

At this point your girly nail design is done so you may choose to leave it that way. If you decide to opt for a top coat have in mind that a top coat will make the colors merge a bit more and thus make them look less contrasting. I am telling just in case you chose colors which are too close to each other and my end up looking too much alike.

To add up, I think this manicure will look great with Models Own Blueberry Muffin and Models Own Apple pie. They are still pastel shades of the Models Own Fruit Pastel collection and are close enough to give you a similar effect.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello nail art lovers!

My pastel  fever  is getting stronger and now I want all pastel beauties on my nails at the same time. I want to share with you my pastel candy nails with gold studs and how I made them. This design is very fast, very easy and also very cute, it made me smile every time I looked at my nails so it is a true mood booster :)

Pastel candy nails with gold studs

Pastel candy nails with gold studs

 

Pastel candy nails with gold studs

Pastel candy nails with gold studs

Pastel candy nails with gold studs

Pastel candy nails with gold studs

First, paint your nails in 5 different pastel colors.
Choose a different color for all nails. Use white on one of the fingers and colors you absolutely adore for the others. Tip! If some of your colors are brighter than a pastel should be, add a coat of sheer white on top. This will tone off the color and make it paler and softer. For my nails I did this for the coral and mint shades.

Then, embellish nails with dots and gold studs.
Add black dots to your white nails to make this nail design look even cuter and girly. Stick a gold stud to all nails. Tip! Make sure to use flat gold studs as they stick more easily to nail polish and wear longer. If your studs are flat, they will not even need a top coat to hold them in place and just pressing onto wet color will be perfectly enough for them to attach.

I was not happy with how all of my black dots turned out. Tip! If you want to conceal any of the black dots, put your stud on it so that it will embellish nail and conceal the flaws in the nail design.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Have you ever had that morning, when you wake up and you realize that your beautiful nail design is ruined? There is this chipped bit here, the faded detail there, the cracked nail tips… a nightmare! I will give you my top 3 tips how to save your nail art and skip the falling apart phase!

TIP 1 How to save chipped tips If you have dark nail color on, just add some nail polish on the chipped area. This will give your color a day more with very little effort. Don’t worry, amendments with black, dark blue, bordeaux and most dark colors actually are barely noticeable.

TIP 2 How to save a faded nail It is common for nail color to fade a little if you have been wearing it for more than three days. In this situation I use crackle nail polish to cover the whole nail or just to add a small detail. When the polish cracks you can still see the color below and you can be sure this little amendment won’t mess too much with your design. Tip! Add a free hand graffiti nail polish heart to hide a faded part and give your nails that extra something.

TIP 3 How to hide a ruined nail Sometimes the best thing to do to save a ruined nail is reapply color. Just remove the old polish and replace it with the new coat only on fingers that desperately need it. This is a great trick if you do not have enough time to do your nails all over. Tip! I like to put a contrasting color to alter the design.

I will show you how I rescued my Monochrome nails design and gave it an extra day of life. On a chores day I chipped the nail polish on both my index fingers. Also, the mat effect on my middle fingers faded because I use a mat top coat which obviously couldn’t take all the washing :) So for my index fingers I replaced the designs with a plain pink color. For my faded mat middle fingers I went for a free handed crackle heart in black and pink. And then, to make the look complete, I added the same pink graffiti nail polish to one of my thumbs. And voila! A brand new design makes your manicure beautiful again!

Monochrome nails with pink accent

Monochrome nails with pink accent

Here are some pictures to compare the original nail art to the manicure after it was saved :) My manicure after rescue plan

Monochrome nails

Monochrome nails

Thanks for reading, I hope these ideas will work for you too!.

Hello everyone!

I am so happy to share a monochrome manicure I recently created.

What is monochrome?
As per Wikipedia description, monochrome is, in short, art in one color or shades of one color. Our nail design is black and white. Well, it features some grey and maybe should be called grayscale, but enough with technical detail and let’s move on to nail art!

monochrome fashion

Monochrome fashion trend and a great article at Terriface terriface01.blogspot.com/2013/07/this-season-trend-monochrome.html

Monochrome was a leading fashion trend for spring/summer 2013 season and is most likely to be leading in 2014 fashion charts too. Black and white designs are easy to color match and you can be sure they go perfectly together and also complement almost any outfit. For my design I chose variety of patterns and finishes to create this scrapbook like look which is very typical for monochrome nails. The difficulty level of monochrome nail art depends solely on your choice. You may go very simple with just alternating color and finish, you may choose one pattern and repeat it in both colors for some or all nails or you may choose something a bit more complex. Personally, I wanted a very fast design and this is how I ended up with my monochrome nails.

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

Monochrome nail art design

DSC_5280First, paint some of your nails white and some of them black
Personally, I painted two fingers in grey because I needed a quick manicure. I chose a liquid sand polish for its textured finish.

Then, leave some fingers in original color and with no design
It is up to you which and how many nails to leave black and white. As these colors carry the whole design out, it is perfectly OK to show them off.

Last, paint with white over black and vice versa
I went lazy for my design so I chose the 3 patterns I recreate most easily – dots, zebra and stripes.
Dots: I’ve shared I do my dots with a wood cuticle pusher stick, using its tip. You can use any tool you prefer – a pin, a bobby pin, a dotting tool. My favorite step by step polka dots tutorial using a pin head is in my comic book nail art post.
Zebra: My favorite zebra step by step tutorial is in my color block zebra post. Stripes: I do free handed stripes. Thick stripes are easier than thin ones as you do not have to worry for every little hand tremble. If you do not feel steady handed, you may try to outline your stripes with tape as in this stripes with tape tutorial by Jezebel. Personally, I do not like the tape result better than the one I get with my hand.
Everything else I left to finishes and nail polish effects. I used a mat top coat on a white and a black finger to and black crackle nail polish over white to create graffiti effect. As mentioned, I used grey liquid sand for my textured nails. And that’s it :)

Products used:
Black: Essie Licorice
White: Essie Blanc
Grey: Rimmel Space dust Shooting star
Mat: Flormar matifying top coat
Crackle: Perfect Graffiti collection, black

Thanks for reading, I hope you and enjoyed!.

Hello dear nail addicts!

If you share my love for vintage comic books then keep reading to see how to create this gorgeous pop art nails.

Click on images to view better details!

Comic book nail how to

Comic book nail art

Pop art nail design

Pop art nail design

First, paint some of your nails raspberry red and some of them yellow.
It does not matter which finger will be what color as the beauty of this nail art is in its complexity, not in the single nail.

Step by step polka dots tutorial by stylecaster.com

Step by step polka dots tutorial by stylecaster.com

Second, dot it!
Add black and yellow dots to the red nails and white dots to your yellow ones. To make the dots I used a toothpick but you can choose your tool as per your preference – for sure a pin, a cuticle pusher tip or a dotting tool will do the trick. This is a great tutorial for making dots with a pin head:

Then, add the cartoon.
Simply blob some white onto the nails you have chosen for the cartooned part. Do not worry if your white has rough edges or if it covers any of the dots you made before. It is perfectly OK as you will use some black to outline the edges of the white and add a short phrase that comic books are famous for. I left POW for you ;)

Last, finish off with a clear top coat
Top coat will seal your design and smooth out nail surface which may have turned a little bumpy with so many dots and blobs. Honestly, I did not put any top coat on because my black color seems to smudge…

Products used:
Raspberry: Bourjois 10 days nail polish collection, number 11
Yellow: S.HE stylezone, number 297
Black: Golden Rose Painting brush collection, number 106
White: Miss Sporty Et Voila – nail tip whitener

Inspiration:

I hope you enjoyed!

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