Hello nail art lovers!

I had great fun with the post of today! ModCloth invited me to take part in a nail art challenge where dress designs are interpreted into nail art and if I get selected by their media team my design will be showcased on the ModCloth blog. I loved the idea and rushed to choose between over 3000 summer dresses on their website and found this chick polka dot beauty :) My nail design follows, stay with me to see how I made it.

The Chic Dress in Polka Dots

I love the dress, I think it is super cute and capturing its design in nail art was simple and fun!

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail design

Chic polka dots nail art

Chic polka dots nail art design

Chic polka dots nail art

First, paint your nails white
Get your white base done and dry. You might take a look at my How to make white polish work tutorial for the best result.

Then, add polka dots
Using different color to match the Chic dress in polka dots design, add polka dots to your white base. For my design I used the round head of a pin, cleaning it between color on a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover.

Last, add your favorite top coat
Finish off with top coat to smooth your design and also help dots from fading too soon. Your dots have only one layer of color and are also different nail polish formulas (unless you used the same nail polish brand for all of them). I had a layer of my favorite Essie Good to Go to help drying and increase shine.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

I am a huge fan of water marble nails, I love how intricate and unique the designs using water marble technique turn out and I absolutely hate the fact that this nail art never worked for me. I have read a lot, seen videos of people doing it and ended out wiping off each and every messy and honestly speaking ugly design on my nails. Sometimes I wonder why do I keep trying this thing over and over again…

This post is dedicated to a water marble nail design which I finally liked enough to wear and share :) I will tell you my tips how to make the water marble nail art technique work and I hope it will do as it did for me.

White and gold water marble nails

White and gold water marble nails

White and gold water marble nail design

White and gold water marble nails

White and gold water marble nail art

White and gold water marble nails

TIP1: Use 2 colors
After giving multi color water marble nails a try a few times and never liked the result I finally came to the conclusion that less may be more and tried a design with only two colors. In my photos I alternated opaque white and gold shades until they created a good base to dip your fingers in :)

TIP2: Use warm water
Warm water helps your chosen colors to spread in the cup you are using and make them easier to layer.

TIP3: Dip to a 45 degree angle
I found out that dipping your fingers to an angle across the water surface gives the best result and saves you from wrinkles and bubbles.

TIP4: Do two nails at a time
Dipping two nails together into your water marble design is faster. Also, you can get interesting patterns which complement each other due to the fact that they were picked out of the same base pattern.

TIP5: Use oil to protect your skin
I have seen many bloggers recommend to use tape around your nail which you can remove later and reduce the amount of clean up after each dip into your water marble design. I found this technique time consuming and too messy so I tried oil. Rubbing whatever oil you have in handy into your cuticles and finger will prevent nail polish from sticking to these areas and make the clean up process much easier and quicker.

So these are my ideas to make the water marble nails work.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

If I was asked to pick one single nail color for being most versatile, I would definitely say white. White nail polish is great for summer and winter, it makes the perfect canvas for a number of nail art techniques and designs and to add up, it is super trendy for 2014. Unfortunately, it is popular for being difficult to work with. Those of you who have been through the white polish experience know the usual formula is rather thick, tends to streak, dries slowly and for all of the above is very easy to get on your nerves. Stay with me for my tips how to make white nail polish work.

How to make white nail polish work

How to make white nail polish work

How to make white nail polish work

How to make white nail polish work

TIP 1: Invest in a good formula
If you are going to pick a white nail polish, you have good chances to skip some of its flaws with getting it from a good brand. I know white seems too plain a color to invest in time for reading reviews and money for getting a high end one but trust me, this may change your attitude to white forever. Most of the major brands have a variety of white formulas so know what you need, do a little reading and enjoy the difference :)

TIP2: Do not skip the base coat
Taking a few extra minutes to apply your base coat will help even color application a lot. Streaking should not be such a problem if your nail has been evened out and prepped for color application.

TIP 3: Work with thin coats
White polishes are on the thicker side and usually streak. I know you may want to speed things up and give your nails a couple of nice thick coats in your hope to avoid streaking and get beautiful coverage faster. Unfortunately, this approach will most probably leave you with a never drying bubbly thick mess on your nails and you will eventually have to start everything over. So less is more in this scenario. After you have applied your base coat, start adding thin layers of nail polish until you get the coverage you need.

TIP 4: Thin if you have to
If you feel your white color is too thick to control well, then I suggest you add a few drops of nail polish thinner to the formula. Start with adding little because you can always add more later but you cannot take any away.

TIP5: Wait for layers to dry
It is very important to wait for each layer to dry completely before you add more color. As white is usually used as a base color for various nail art techniques, you are most likely to add something on your last white layer so it should be dry. If not, you are risking smudges and bubbles and you know this will ruin your manicure.

My white nail polish routine
With practice I have learnt what works best for me and have been following the same nail polish application steps when it comes to white. So my routine is: a base, a thin white layer, a second thin white layer, a fast drying top coat. The white I am currently using and getting out of is Essie Blanc and my fast dry top coat is Essie Good to Go. Check my thought on Essie Good to Go top coat if it sparks your interest.

Do you have more secrets to apply white nail polish and get the most of it?
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

Hello nail art lovers!

Today I want to share with you a DIY wedding nail art with water decals. I think water decals are great for brides for many reasons:

♥ they are easy to use and you can make your own wedding nails design
♥ you have a great selection of prints to choose from
♥ water decals look good on short nails
♥ water decals are flattering on any nail shape
♥ they make a statement

Wedding nails roses bouquet

Wedding nails roses bouquet

I truly believe you cannot go wrong with water decals for your bridal nail design. Look at these beautiful roses on a bridal white background.

This wedding nails design has nothing more to it than the water decals technique. Check out my tutorial on how to use water decals for nail art to get how they work. Tip! It is very important to paint your nails in a color closest to your water decals print background. For this design I used my Essie Blanc and I think it fits perfectly the water decal and the white wedding day magic :)

Thanks for reading, I hope this idea will inspire your manicure for your big day!

Hello nail art lovers!

You know I love animal print nails for they make a great accent in a nail art design. I have shown you all kinds of animals including a zebra, a tiger, a snake and even a butterfly and today I want to show you an easy leopard print manicure. Read on for a tutorial how to make these animal nails.

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

First, paint some of your nails a peach shade and some of them white.
I wanted to tone down the wild animal effect so I chose a delicate peach for my main color. You will use your white nails for the leopard print so chose them based on where you want that accent to be. I usually choose my ring finger and thumb, I did the same for this manicure, too.

Add the leopard detail.
I love doing leopard nails because the leopard print is rather random and is very difficult to get it wrong. All you need is some random peach polish blobs on your white. These are your while cat spots.

After you have them in place, get some black on a stripping brush and make little lines around the blobs. Tip! Do not cover the whole area around the spots with black, you are aiming for a furry effect rather than a circle. To make your animal skin look more realistic, as any peach leopard should look, add tiny strokes and dots of black in between your leopard spots. This will fill the design and make it look more complete.

I am adding a close up of the leopard nail art to show you how random and a little messy it really is. I am doing this to show you do not have to worry if it is not perfect when you look it from 2 mm distance, it will look great from a normal distance. Tip! Stop telling yourself you won’t try it because you cannot draw, this is not a drawing but few random blobs of color with the cutest effect :)

Peach leopard print nail art

Peach leopard print nail art

Last, add some top coat.
I have said this before, but it won’t hurt if I say it again, so pardon me for sounding like a broken record… Such nail designs with several colors added one after another usually turn patchy. To smooth out the design use a fat clear top coat which will conceal the bumps and lumps. If you want to play a little and go for a more realistic animal skin, you can give your peachy leopard the matte treatment :)

Tip! You can recreate this design using whichever two colors you love. The trick that holds it together is to use one of the base colors for making the blobs for your leopard. If you decide to play with this leopard nail art I’d love to see how it turned out!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello lovelies!

Today I want to show you these sugary nails which I think would make the perfect DIY bridal manicure. Sweet sugar is not only in this airy white color but also in its beautiful texture.

Sugar white easy wedding nails

Sugar white easy wedding nails

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix 200

Sally Hansen Sugar Fix 200

I recently got my Sally Hansen polishes from their Sugar Coat collection and hurried to put on the white one called Sugar Fix 200. It dried to the most lovely 3D texture! I still cannot stop looking at my nails and it has been almost a week now, lol.

All this time I was thinking that Sally Hansen Sugar Fix 200 will make the perfect DIY wedding manicure. It is easy to apply by yourself, I have 3 coats on my nails for this lovely sugar white bridal manicure and this is all you need. Tip! You do not need a top coat for these sugar nails. It is likely to smooth out the texture too much and you definitely want to show it off. It is also very durable, I have been wearing it for almost a week now and it still has no chips so it will be ideal for that long and special wedding day. It is very affordable. And still, it is not your plain white, it is sweet sugar on your wedding nails and has that extra something to add to your bridal manicure!

I will review Sally Hansen Sugar Coat collection in an upcoming post although you may have guessed my positive thoughts on it already :) I hope this idea inspired your easy and sweet wedding nails!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

Hello nail art lovers!

Welcome to the 2014 nail trends series! This is the first post from this sequel thread and we will talk about two key trends for spring summer 2014 as seen on fashion week runway shows: natural nails and white nails.

Natural nails trend
Delicate natural shades are one of the key nail trends for spring 2014. Nails are beige, skin toned, sometimes completely naked with just a top coat to add a little healthy glow. This trend seemed uninteresting to me at first but I must admit it has some generous positives. Natural look is perfect for the office, works for short nails and is great to complement a bolder fashion look.

White and off-white nails trend
White is the star of spring summer 2014 nails. No matter if you like your nails short and round or long and pointy, white will definitely work for you. If you get bored from simple white, you may go for any off-white shade as it was also seen a lot at fashion week runways.

Here is a sneak peek at my next nail trends post: half moon.
half moon sneak peek

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

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

 

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