Day 63

Day 63: Last day of the instagram nail art challenge–theme pastels

pastel aztec nail artHere is another nail art that I have been putting off as well. Sometimes I’m not very patient, but the series finale of The Walking Dead was on so I sat down and painted my nails while I studied as well (life of a student).

The colors I used for the three base colors were:

pink: essie Fiji

green: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Purple: Sinful Colors Candy coated

The accent white is the good ol’ trusty OPI Alpine snow.

The aztec design itself that I created has no rhyme or reason. It’s more about doodling on your nail. I don’t know how much I enjoy this aztec design so I might try this again. I used two tools: a dotting tool & a small brush. This manicure just takes a little more time and a steady hand more than anything.

Happy polishing & happy easter everyone!

Day 62

Day 62: Nail art March Challenge–floral

vintage rose nail artPictorial time.

I have been putting this manicure on the back burner for a while, just because it seemed really challenging for me. In fact, this is way way easier than it looks. As always I do have to apologize for the quality of pictures. I really have to do something with the lighting in this house…

1. Paint your base color. For this manicure I wanted to do something a little off beat. I always see mint green and light pinks, so I chose gray. Gray is actually one of my favorite colors–shades…whatever. This is actually more of a misty blue gray by Orly called Boho Bonnet.

2. This part requires no nail art tools at all. I just simply took the brush out off the bottle of this pretty butter London color–Scoundrel and dabbed small dots around the nail. They don’t have to be perfect since roses aren’t perfectly round anyways, the bumpier the more characteristic. Do try to avoid getting gobs of nail polish on your nail. This is just to help hasten the whole process–the more the polish, the longer the drying time.

3. With a short thin brush I used essie Bond with Whomever to get the highlights of the rose petals. There was no method to this part either. Just dip your small brush in a drop of paint and make random strokes within your flower dot. By making strokes in different directions it gives your roses a little more of a natural look.

4. With the same brush, dip into a nice leafy green color. For my roses I used essie Mojito Madness. This is the fun part because this is where the manicure comes to life. You can really paint leaves wherever you like to fill in the blank spaces and it gives your flowers a nice little pop.

I couldn’t just leave my accent finger blank so I painted stripes using the two purples I used to paint my roses.

I encourage everyone to try this flirty girly manicure. It’s easier than it looks, trust me!

Happy polishing!