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 want to share with you my black and white feather manicure. This is the first time I make such design just because I thought it would be too difficult to draw the feather detail free handedly. I have been so wrong! This nail art is gentle and sophisticated but at the same time easy to make. This feathery manicure can take some hand flinch or some imperfections because the feather detail is meant to look a little fluffy and airy, if this makes any sense :)

I know I promised a post dedicated to my Liebster award nomination and it will be here soon. I just need some more time to think it over so that I will be able to really contribute to this great initiative. Until then, the feather nails :)

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

Black and white feather nail art

First, paint your nails white.
Make sure to use a thick white shade to a sheer one. This will make the perfect canvas for some drawing.

How to add feathers to your nails?
For this feather nail art I used a regular stippling brush from a nail art polish. Aim for a slightly curved line rather than a straight stripe. Start adding short lines from top to bottom of this line, making the strokes slightly longer as you are getting close to the bottom. Do this for the two sides of your feather. At this point it may not look too much as a feather, but it will :) Now add some more strokes to both sides but this time try to make them with a different angle to the main line, slightly crossing your previously created lines. This will create a little depth and motion to your feather.

I think this nail design can easily make a great wedding day manicure.

Last, add a mat top coat.
We all know feathers are not gel-look-top-polish shiny so for this nail art tutorial I picked a mat top coat.

Products:
White: Essie Blanc
Black: Golden Rose nail art in black
Mat top coat: Flormar matifying top coat

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!.