Monthly Archives: August 2013

Spongy!

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Spongy!

So you might have guess from the title of this post that I used a makeup sponge to do these nails! I was in the mood for lots of colour and so I used 4 colours: red, blue, green and purple for this. First to make the colour brighter I painted my nails white. Then directly onto a makeup sponge I dabbed my 4 colours closely together and applied this to my nails topping up the polish every second nail. And this is what it turned out like. I really like the way it turned out especially on the nails that got blended more, it kinda reminds me of tie-dye tops and stuff.

Line Design

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Line Design

This term at Uni I’m working with lino printing, which is where you carve out a design into the lino, roll ink onto it and then print it. In the background of the picture is one of the linos that I have carved. So this is what inspired the technique I used to do these nails. I painted my nails lavender first and then waited for it to dry completely. Then with a toothpick ready I painted a nail with an aqua green colour and while still wet I used the tooth pick to scrape off the polish to reveal the lavender, like carving into lino. I just did some random lines for each nail and I think it turned out really well!

I’m Seeing Spots!

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I'm Seeing Spots!

So this week I wanted to do spots but I didn’t have a dotting tool so I fashioned myself one using a sewing pin with a smallish pin head stuck into the rubber on the end of a pencil! So simple, uses things you probably already have and it works a treat! So now that I’ve explained that I think the rest is self explanatory; just paint your nails whatever colour you want and then when dry add in your spots and finish with a clear top coat. I decided to have a bit a a feature nail on my middle finger and swapped the colours around just for a point of interest.

Blue Gradient

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Blue Gradient

These are really simple and easy to do. You just need two different colours, I prefer to use shades of the same colour so that it blends well, but some people like to use totally different colours. I just paint the darker colour polish on first and then when dry I dab the lighter colour over the tip with a sponge. Then a top coat and your done! It’s super quick and looks fabulous!

A Map on my Nails!

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A Map on my Nails!

You probably can’t tell but the map I cut up for this was of Europe, because that’s where I went on holidays for three weeks! To do this used the same method I used for the crossword nails I did previously. You need a map to cut up into small squares that will fir over your nails, rubbing alcohol and white nail nail polish.
First paint your nails white, then when dry soak your nail in rubbing alcohol for 5-10 seconds, then press a piece of map with the print facing the nail down firmly over your nail. Hold it for another 5-10 seconds then slowly peel it back. Then put a top coat over it and repeat for the rest of your nails!