Thursday, 17 April 2014

Instagram Nail Art Accounts You Need to Follow #1: The Shorties

Instagram Nail Art Accounts You Need to Follow #1: The Shorties

Instagram has become one of my go-to destinations for nail art inspiration. About 95% of the accounts I follow on IG are nail accounts and I can lose myself for hours scrolling through my feed drooling over all of the amazing nail art. To honour the nail artists that work so hard to make Instagram a prettier place, every few weeks I'll be showcasing five of my favourite Instagram accounts to follow for beautiful nail art.

Since I sport short nails myself and have always been an advocate of nubbins, I thought there was no better place to start than with my favourite short-nailed sisters.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Pink Acid Wash Nail Art Inspired by Asos

ASOS Denim Jacket in Pink Mottled Wash -

A little while ago, I was flicking through this month's Asos magazine and I cam across this pink mottled jacket that was the perfect inspiration for some nail art. In all my excitement I got started on the nail art right away, not realising that the jacket wasn't even online yet! I wanted to wait for the jacket to appear on the website before posting the nail art so you could see my inspiration.

I achieved this look using saran wrap / cling film but I do it in a weird way! I splodged out my three colours on to a sheet of plastic, dabbed on a piece of crinkled cling film and transferred it to my nails.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Gradient Nail Art Tutorial Video and FAQ

Gradient Nail Art Video Tutorial

When I ventured back in to making videos recently, it seemed inevitable that I'd be making a gradient nail art video since my picture version was quite a success and many people have asked to see me do it in a video. This mani does take a while but most of that time is spent waiting for polish to dry. Once you get the hang of it, sponging on the gradient is easy!

While we're here, I also thought it would be a great opportunity to answer some of the questions I get asked most frequently about this technique. Over time I've learnt a lot more about the process and how to overcome a few of the difficulties that you might come across on your first couple of tries.

What polishes work best for gradients?
You can't go wrong with creme polishes that are quite runny. They don't have to be very opaque either, streaky polishes often work best for gradients.

How do you avoid bits coming off the sponge and sticking to your nail?
I don't think there's any way to avoid this. If you see little flecks of sponge breaking off and sticking to your nail, just pick up a new sponge and continue where you left off.
You can use tweezers to pick these flecks out of your mani but if they're only small, usually your top coat will hide them!

Should you wet the sponge first?
Personally I never use water but I know others that use a damp sponge with amazing results. Try both ways and see what works for you!

How do you clean the sponge after?
I don't bother trying to clean the sponges. I just throw them away and use a fresh one the next time.

Any other tips?
It's super important to wait for your polish to dry in between layers. If you try to sponge over wet polish, you'll just start picking up the polish that's already there and it'll be a gloopy mess. Watch a movie while you're doing it to avoid boredom!

If you try this mani yourself, don't forget to use #looknailasaurus on Instagram so I can see your results!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Negative Triangles with NYC Lavender Blossom

NYC Lavender Blossom

For the longest time, my nails were quite seriously stained (yellow) from years of abuse at the hands of nail polish, so I made an effort steer clear of negative space nails because the stains would show through and throw the whole thing off. Whenever I did attempt some negative space, I'd use a jelly nude as a base to give the illusion of normal coloured nails!

Recently I've had much less time to paint my nails so they've been completely naked a lot of the time except for a coat or two of my trusty OPI Nail Envy. This has given them a chance to recover and with just a little light buffing, my nails are a healthy hue again so I'm venturing in to negative space!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Faviana Prom Dress Nail Art Tutorial

For today's post I've teamed up with Faviana, to bring you a nail art tutorial inspired by one of their designer prom dresses. The website is chock full with a good mix of short and flirty, insanely glamorous and classical formal dresses and the one that inspired this nail art is somewhere in between all of them. I picked Faviana Style 7364 which is cheeky with a hint of glamour and completely perfect for any formal occasion.
With prom season coming up, I know a lot of you will be matching your nail art to your prom dress and you can keep it simple by painting your nails a perfectly complimentary or contrasting colour or go all out and take elements from the dress like I have!
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