Hello nail beauty lovers!

I am happy to share with you this mat blue crystal manicure. It is a rather different Christmas nail design inspired by dark blue and silver Christmas decoration.

To create it you will need a few crystals in addition to nail polish. Tip! You can get such sparkly stones in your local haberdashery or crafts supply store. They usually stock various shapes and colors you can use for your manicure projects as easy as special nail art supplies.

Blue and silver Christmas nails

Blue and silver Christmas nails

Blue and silver Christmas nails

Blue and silver Christmas nails

Blue and silver Christmas nails

Blue and silver Christmas nails

First, paint your nails dark blue, leaving your ring and middle fingers clear.
I chose a dark blue shade as I believe it beautifully complements silver color. Other fingers will be colored in different shades to add intrigue to this nail art :)

Then, paint your ring fingers white and your middle fingers silver.
For my middle fingers I chose a liquid sand formula. I love how it adds extra texture to this design making it look like stylish Christmas decoration. You may choose to use a silver glitter, a holograph, a metallic shade or any silver color you love, I think it will look great with these options too.

Then, add a mat top coat to all nails, except liquid sand ones.
Mattifying your nails will tone your nail design down a bit which is perfectly OK, as you will be adding some crystals and you do not want to overdo the sparkle. Tip! Plus, crystals will adhere better and will stay longer on a mat surface.

Last, add a line of crystals to your ring fingers
I used two different sizes of crystals to match my nail length. You can play with stones a little before you adhere them just to make sure they fit your nails. Tip! I do not use some special glue to stick details to my nails. Instead, I use a tiny drop of clear top coat and pres the crystal down. Hold for few seconds to make sure the clear polish has dried. This technique works great with all kinds of details and does not require specific supplies to do your nail art.

Products:
Dark blue: Essence Colour&Go collection, Hard to Resist, number 76
White: Essie Blanc
Silver: Rimmel London Space Dust collection, Shooting Star
Mat top coat: Flormar Perfect Nail Matifying top coat
Glue: Rimmel London 3D Plumping top coat
crystals

Inspiration:

Beautiful blue and silver Christmas decoration

Beautiful blue and silver Christmas decoration

Beautiful blue and silver Christmas decoration

Beautiful blue and silver Christmas decoration

Beautiful blue and silver Christmas decoration

Beautiful blue and silver Christmas decoration

 
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

As promised in my Glam it up! with Zendaya post, I will share with you how I recreated this beautiful monochrome nail design. I did not give up my nails shape for the sake of this tutorial but still like the result. This manicure is easier to do than it may seen, so read on.

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

Zendaya Replay nails

First, paint your left hand nails black and right one’s white.
This is a monochrome design and black and white are the base colors it is built upon.

Then, use a makeup sponge to create a gradient effect.
Left hand ring and index fingers should have white gradient tip. Right hand ring and index fingers will have the opposite gradient effect, their tips should be black. I used a regular makeup sponge to create the gradient. This is my favorite gradient nails tutorial:

Ombre sponge nails by Sheknows

Ombre sponge nails by Sheknows

Add the Replay sign on middle fingers.
This was the hardest part to me because of the circle shape, but I came up with an idea. Tip! Use a needle to dot out the replay sign. Gently push the needle into your base color, it will leave tiny marks you can use for a guiding line. Then trace this line with a striping brush using the opposite color – black for white nails and vice versa.

Add the word ‘replay’ to your thumbs.
If you are good with both your hands and you can write with them, add RE to your left thumb and PLAY to your right one in opposing colors. Personally, I am right handed and I cannot write with my left hand. Tip! I decided not to ruin the design at the last step and added the ► sign to my right thumb, it is basically a black triangle :) Call it cheating but I think this design looks fabulous even that way!

Last, add a top coat
Finish off with a gel look top coat. It will seal the design and smooth out the rougher areas, especially gradient. It will also make your work last so that you can show it off.

“Replay” is Zendaya’s second single which hit the charts on July 16th 2013, taking its highest position of number 3 hit in US Hot Dance Club Songs. Her manicure for the video shoot was created by ES nail LA, the studio Zendaya trusts for her nails.

Products:
Black: Essie Licorice
White: Essie Blanc
Top coat: Rimmel 3D plumping top coat
Striping brush

Inspiration:

Zendaya Replay nails on disneydreaming.com

Zendaya Replay nails on disneydreaming.com

 
Thanks for reading and see you soon!.

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 everyone!

Welcome to my Concept nails art column which is dedicated to inspirational, if not too wearable, nail designs. My first post is about Gothic nails. Dark, mysterious and artful, these designs challenge imagination. Dark colors and contrasting colors, especially black, classic red, deep burgundy are key colors for Gothic nails. Depending on the message they are designed to carry, you may see some gold sparkling in between bleeding roses and sculls. Concept Gothic nails are usually embellished with metallic elements, chains and lace. Check out these spectacular designs and join me in congratulating their creators.

Amazing gothic nails by Kelz Joannides at kelzjoannides.deviantart.com

Amazing gothic nails by Kelz Joannides at kelzjoannides.deviantart.com

Embellished ruby gothic nails by Necrosarium at necrosarium.deviantart.com

Embellished ruby gothic nails by Necrosarium at necrosarium.deviantart.com

Cameo and cross gothic nails by kirakiranails

Cameo and cross Gothic nails by kirakiranails

Wearable Gothic nails ideas These gorgeous design are so very impressive that would require a really special occasion to show them off. However, Gothic nails are not at all a causa perduta if you want to admire them in day light and at public places :) Look at the toned down ideas for Gothic inspired nails below!

Red and black gradient lace nails by dailysomething.com

Red and black gradient lace nails by dailysomething.com

Beautiful gradient stamp nails + tutorial at jahreszeitenhaus.blogspot.com

Beautiful gradient stamp nails + tutorial at jahreszeitenhaus.blogspot.com

Sharp black and gold Gothic nails by Material Girl at Pinterest

Sharp black and gold Gothic nails by Material Girl at Pinterest

Inspiration:

Amazing chained Gothic nails at topfortylist.com

Amazing chained Gothic nails at topfortylist.com

Thanks for reading!.