Saturday, 17 May 2014

Zigzag glitter nails

Above shows the three nail varnishes I've used to create my zigzag glitter nails. 

Starting with Ciate Sugar plum I applied one layer to my nails leaving the finger nail next to my little finger without any.

Then I applied a second coat of sugar plum and waited awhile for the nails to dry and then continued to put a third coat. 

Then using ciate confetti nail varnish I applied this to the remaining fingernail.

Above shows the nail varnish Ciate Confetti which I used on one single nail. 

Above shows what the nail varnish looks after one layer.

You will need to keep re applying the confetti nail varnish as it is quite thin and i like to have a thick glitter effect.

Above shows the fingernail with two coats of glitter and I wasn't happy about how it looked so continued to apply the nail varnish until I had my desired nail.

Above now shows my nails with the final coat of glitter nail varnish, this took a while to do as I needed to make sure the glitter was even and consistent. 

I then applied my sticker zigzags to my nail pressing them down to make sure none of the varnish bleeds onto other parts of the nail. 

Using white Barry M paint I then painted over the top of the nail stickers. Make sure to use a thin coat.

Once painted I took the stickers off the nail instantly! This will prevent them getting stuck and a none messy look.

Above shows that the nails aren't perfect and it is messy. But after a good nail varnish remover and cotton bud you can touch them up. If the nails have bled and aren't perfect, go over the nails using your ordinary nail varnish brush. 

And that's it!!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

French Manicure

I wanted to do a French manicure on my nails for a whole and could never get the white nail varnish perfectly curved or to look even remotely good!

I read a nail tip in a magazine, the magazine said to create the perfect French manicure... Use hole reinforcer's! 

Start by filing your nail, I tend to file mine square to make them look false and perfect, but you can file them round if you want a more natural look.

Stick the hole reinforcer's just slightly below where the top of the nail has grown past the skin. Don't worry if when you paint it goes wrong you can touch it up using a clear varnish and a cotton bud with nail varnish remover applied to it.

Once the hole reinforcer's are on, paint the top part of the nail white, wait a few seconds then peel off. Do not leave for too long because the hole reinforcer will get stuck and create a jagged edge.

I've used BarryM white nail paint to create the French tip and then Ciate Underwear as the clear coat to make the nail shine but still look natural at the same time. The hole reinforcers can be bought from most stationary shops, I'd recommend WhSmith! But eBay sell them too! 

Above shows the final look! This is a really easy way to create the French manicure and looks really classy, this look would work well for weddings or for general wear. 

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Sparkle rhinestone nails!

Today I received my rhinestone that I'd ordered from eBay! But they're quite fiddly to put on your own hands so I've only put one on my nails to start with! Rhinestones here!

I'm going to use the colours Revlon Girly and Ciate Underwear (but as top coat, because I think it gives the nail a natural shine.) 

Above shows the first coat, it takes a good few coats for it to look good. As you can see it doesn't look too good at the moment, so I'll probably put another 3 layers on top.

Above now shows the nails with an extra 3 coats, I've left one nail blank because I want to use my hole reinforcer's to create a French manicure style on just one of the nails. 

Above shows the hole reinforcer's with one layer of nail varnish on top, again because I've used glittery nail varnish and it's quite watery, I need to add another 3 more layers!

I've layered the nails 3-4 times now and I'm happy with the glittery pale effect! And now it's just time to place one of the diamantés in the centre of the nail just below the French manicure!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Triangle sparkle nails

I've just received my eBay order of some nail art brushes and I'm loving them already and needed to try them out straight away. 

The set comes with 15 brushes and was worth the £2.50!! And they're pink too!
I've chosen to use the thin long brush, this will work best as I want to create a triangle that covers half the nail in the corner. 

I've decided to use my favourite colour from Ciate, pepperminty! And also the 24 hour wear holographic by Gosh! I've taken the photo with the flash on so that you can see properly the holographic effect! 

Starting half way down from the nail I gradually brought the brush stroke up to the centre top of the nail and filled the rest in using the same brush. I did this twice to make sure the colour was bold and brightly coloured.

I then added the Gosh holographic slightly to the side of the green triangle! This works really well, I then finished the nails off with revlon 770 heavenly. 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Ombre nails

I wanted to try out the latest craze - ombre nails out for myself, I think this looks really good and if you make a mistake you can always cover it up using a glittery nail varnish!

I've chosen to use 3 shades of pink! These shades are ciate, Barry M and w7, it's important to pick 3 colours that are slightly similar in colour! 

To start with I painted the nail white and then applied a second layer of white Barry M.
Then once dried I applied my three shades of pink to a sponge. 
Make sure each shade is even and you do the shades in the right order! Starting with the darkest pink and finishing with the lightest. 

Sponge onto the nails, it's ok to make a mess! You can use a cotton bud to get rid of the messy edges. 

Apply a second layer of the sponge to your nails and then clean up around the edges, once fairly neat, then apply a coat of glitter nail varnish to make the colours blend and hide any mistakes!