Monthly Archives: May 2013

Blue and White Stripes

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Blue and White Stripes

This was done using sticky tape and it did require a bit of patience because you have to wait for each layer of polish to dry completely, so if you decide to try this out i recommend giving yourself plenty of time even watch a movie while you do it. You can use quick drying nail polishes to speed up the process.

So first apply a base coat, then your first colour (mine was a middle blue colour). Get two small pieces of tape and stick them down on another surface and then peel them off again before you stick them down on your nail. This will help to prevent any sticky stuff staying on your nails when you peel the tape off. Stick the tape in any way you want with the other piece next to it to make a stripe. Then paint your second colour (mine was white) over the tape and wait for it to dry completely before carefully peeling the tape back.

Repeat this until your nail is filled with as many stripes as you want. I added a silver glitter nail polish to one of the white stripes to add a little interest but you can’t really see that in the photo. And then of course finish with a top coat and then you’re done!

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Puzzle Pieces

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Puzzle Pieces

This is really easy to do and it looks great as well!! So to do this you’ll need 4 different coloured nail polishes, a black and a top coat nail polish, an thin paintbrush, scotch tape and a dotting tool. If you dont have a dotting tool you can improvise one out if a pin head stuck into a cork or rubber on the end of a pencil. You can also use the flat end of a tooth pick or anything else with a small circular end that you don’t mind putting nail polish all over.

Start by placing tape over the top half of your nails and paint one colour in one quarter of your nail then the second colour right next to it, this will form your bottom two puzzle pieces. Once these colours are dry remove the tape and carefully paint your other two colours into each quarter.

Next put some black nail polish on a plastic plate and use your paintbrush to paint thin lines over where each colour meets. The still using the black polish use the dotting tool to then place four little dots to create the outline of the puzzle pieces. Now use the dotting tool again to colour the puzzle connecter bits according to the colour of each of the sections. Add a top coat to seal the design and your done. Enjoy your puzzle pieced nails!!

Circle Patterned Nails

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Circle Patterned Nails

These are my Circle Patterned Nails. To do this I painted a base coat as normal, you can use any colour you like, I felt like purple!! You will need a straw for the next part to create the circles 😉 It’s neat little trick isn’t it!

So once the first colour is dry choose a second colour and put some on a plastic plate so you can dip the end of the straw into it. Make sure there is a lot of polish on the straw and that there is no bubble covering the opening of the straw. If there is just blow on the other end to pop it so that it doesn’t just create a large blob when you put it on your nail. Then firmly press the straw onto your nail and hold for a couple of seconds to let the polish transfer.

Repeat this again and again on your nails until you are happy with the design. To add to it I used some silver sparkly nail polish to line around some of the circles before adding a top coat to protect the design. A friend told me that the circles looked like coffee mug stains on a napkin which I really like the idea of. You could choose brown colours to make it look more like coffee and play around with the patterns of the circles and just be creative!

Two Toned Glittery Nails

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Two Toned Glittery Nails

The end result kind of looks like starry night sky, which is just a happy coincidence!! So to do this, believe it or not I used cling wrap. I know very strange thing to use on your nails, but i found this method while browsing pinterest (it has the best inspirations for everything! if you don’t use it, i highly recommend it) and I decided to try it out!

So first you need two tones of the same colour, i used a light shimmery blue and a navy blue that has glitter in it. Depending on the order you put the colours you could end up with different looks, I put the lighter colour on first.
After that first colour is completely dry, apply the second colour all over and while it’s still wet press a piece of cling wrap over it. This will take away the some of the colour so that your other colour shows through! It doesn’t even matter if your cling wrap gets all stuck together because the more crinkled up it is the more interesting the patterns are!

So to add a little something extra I decided to add some sparkles to my nails. First I used technicoloured small sized glitter in clear polish and the over that I just used silver glitter in different sizes.
This method is really good because you can use heaps of different colours, it doesn’t even have to be two tones of the same colour. You can use contrasting colour like blue and orange or purple and yellow to make them more interesting!! The possibilities are endless!