Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have for you a textured wedding nail design, it is white and gold + easy to make using striping tape. Stay with me for some words on how I made it.

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

Textured white and gold wedding nails with striping tape

First, paint your nails white
For this manicure I painted my white base the night before I added the textured gold to this nail design. This is because you need to be 100% certain that your base is dry when you are using striping tape or you risk some smudges a flaws.

Then, randomly add some striping tape
I attached several striping tape pieces to my nails aiming to make parallel lines. I think white and gold will work great for a wedding day in various shapes so go with your imagination if you are not keen on the geometric precision parallel lines will leave you with.

Last, add a full coat of your opaque gold color
OPI Honey Ryder worked great for this wedding nail art idea. It is a one coater and gives this beautiful textured final look which makes this nail design unique. I added a single layer and immediately removed the striping tape without waiting for the formula to set. I find it is much easier to achieve a clean line when you are fast with this procedure.

To keep the textured look, do not add any top coat and simply wait for your bridal nail design to dry.

Thanks for having a look at my textured white and gold wedding nails tutorial, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I have for you the easiest  monochrome striped nail art ever! To get this design simply paint your nails white and when your base is absolutely dry, add a few stripes to get the geometric nails effect. Finish off with top coat to seal the design together and prevent the striping tape from peeling off.

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Black and white nail art with striping tape

Black and white nail art with striping tape

Black and white nail art with striping tape

Black and white nail art with striping tape

Black and white nail art with striping tape

I used my usual Essie Blanc to get the white base flawless. I painted the base color the day before I added the stripes because this way striping tape designs are 100% smudge proof.

That was my easy monochrome nail art idea, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous Katy Perry manicure and I absolutely loved it!

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry tiger nails from Instagram (via Covergirl)

Katy Perry nails are always gorgeous and this gradient pink tiger manicure proves it again. Stay with me to see the tutorial and tips how to recreated this roarin’ look on your nails.

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

Katy Perry inspired tiger manicure

First, paint your nails pink.
This manicure needs a vibrant deep pink shade for a base. You can see that Katy Perry nails are not a true red shade but sort of a deep pink with a red undertone color. I figured Covergirl Outlast nail polish in Reliable Red would fit the design.

Then, add a soft pink gradient.
To add the soft pink color to my nails I used the good old makeup sponge. I have featured the sponging technique in some of my previous posts. You can take a look at my Galaxy nails and Galaxy nails tips for nail designs, tutorials and tips featuring the sponging technique.

For this tiger nail design you need to add some pale pink color to a makeup sponge and transfer the nail polish onto the sides of your nails. I used Covergirl Outlast Constant Candy which turned a little whiter than I planned, but I still love the result. You aim to cover one side of your nail and make sure to leave some of it clear so that the deep pink shade will be visible. At this point we are not aiming at a perfect gradient because tiger stripes will steal the show from the base anyways :)

Then, add tiger stripes.
Tiger stripes are easy to add free handedly with a striping brush. I used the brush which comes with a black nail art color and is specifically designed for adding detail but you can use a DIY striping brush as in my free manicure products post. Tip! Make tiger stripes thicker at the beginning and thinner at the end. This will help mimic the animal skin better and will avoid your tiger look too much like a zebra :)

Last, add a fat top coat.
The sponging technique as well as the tiger detail may make this nail art look a little patchy. Use a fat gel look top coat to blend the design together and smooth away any bumps and lumps that may have appeared.

Voila! You got that wild Katy Perry tiger manicure!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to share with you how to make this pink zebra nail design. This is a bizarre pastel pink animal with mat skin, white stripes and a hint of gold :) Read on for a step-by-step tutorial.

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

Pink white and gold zebra nails tutorial

 

First, paint your nails soft pink.
I was in a mood for a baby pink these days. You can chose any favorite pink you have but I believe this design will look as romantic and soft as it is now if you use a paler shade.

Second, add zebra stripes.
Again, to get this gentle zebra look I chose to make white stripes instead of black ones. I draw zebra stripes freehandedly but have featured this zebra print how to in my earlier tutorial, in case you will need a guide. I used a stripping brush I made by trimming and old clear coat brush. I have already given you this idea in my 5 DIY nail products you can get for free.

Then, add a mat top coat.
It is a good idea to add the mat top coat before the gold zebra stripes because gold colors usually have some glitter in it and you do not want to steal away their sparkle by covering it with a mat formula.

Last, add gold detail.
My gold color comes with a stripping brush so I used it to add the stripes. You need just a few touches here and there as this step is meant to add a gold hint to your strange animal skin rather than overwhelm it with glitter.

Products:
Pink: Golden Rose Rich Color collection, number 52
White: Essie Blanc
Gold: Golden Rose Nail Art collection, number 113
Mat top: Flormar Matifying touch

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!.

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the fourth post from the S/S 2014 nail trends thread. Today we will admire two nail trends for the upcoming 2014 as seen on fashion week runway shows: stripes and jewels.

Stripes nail trend
We will have a lot of stripes for spring summer 2014 season. You may go for a single line or multiple stripes, it does not matter which, it will be 100% fashionable. You can have even more fun mixing the nail trends and decorate your nails with metallic lines.

Jewels on nails trend
I must admit I have always been a fan of rhinestones on nails as jewel decoration literally transforms nails from nails to Wow! nails. It may seem a little impractical to have three dimensional jewels on but the look of your manicure will be totally worth it! On fashion week runway shows jewels appear in combination with natural base colors and have the maximum impact.

Here is a sneak peek at my next nail trends post: playful nails.

Nail trends 2014: playful nails

Nail trends 2014: playful nails

Inspiration:
All images for this thread are found at either of my favorite online magazines: elleuk.com, harpersbazaar.com and nailsmag.com.

See you again for next trends portion!.

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!.