Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Tutorial - Sponged

This tutorial is a lot of fun, because each time you do it, it will turn out looking different than the last time (and it reminds me of a water-colour painting).  Just pick your colours, and it can be a perfect compliment for any outfit, in any season, for any occasion.

1)  What you will need.  A white base (Pure Ice's "Super star!"), 4 colours of your choice (I used Pure Ice's "Jail Bait", and "Wild Thing", Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear's "Coral Reef", and Sally Girl's Epic"),  a piece of cardboard to use as a scratch pad, and a makeup sponge.

Paint a solid white base.

Place a drop of nail polish onto your scratch pad.  Proceed to dip your makeup sponge into the nail polish.  The sponge is sort of like your paint brush.

Using a dabbing motion, dab the sponge with the polish onto one corner of your nail.

Using a clean end of the makeup sponge, repeat, with the three remaining colours.

Smooth out the surface with a clear topcoat.


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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Frantic For French Tips

No big post today, just a compilation of a few colour experiments I've done as of late.  Apparently I've been going through a bit of a French tips phase.  Enjoy!

Base:  Revlon's "Charismatic" (610), Tips: Step 2 of Revlon Expressionist "Pinkasso".

Base:  Revlon's "Elegant" (380), Tips:  Step 2 of Revlon Expressionist "Silhouette".

Base:  Revlon's Valentine (730), Tips:  Witchcraft's black striper.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Tutorial - Faded Dots

Finished product
1)  What you will need:  Dotting tool, tape, 2 solid colours - I used Sinful Colors "Vacation Time", and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Mint Sorbet".
2)  Paint the lighter colour to make a solid base.
3)  Once completely dry, place a piece of tape diagonally across the nail, covering the side with the cuticle.

4)  Paint the second colour over the revealed part of the nail.

5)  Remove tape promptly, to reveal a clean line.

6)  Using a piece of cardboard, place a drop of your second colour, and dip the small end of your dotting tool in it.
7)  Create multiple, equally spaced, dots on the side with the first colour, still slightly connecting it to the second colour.
8)  Create dots on the first colour (green), as if the dots on the line have left a trail.
9)  Repeat step 7, with the first colour, on the opposite side.
10)  Repeat step 8, with the first colour, on the opposite side.  Smooth out with a clear topcoat.

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