I’ve been on a holographic binge lately, so for these nails I had to try something new! I would say 99% of the time, my own nails are done with regular polish. While I love all the benefits of gel, I change my nails so often that I just don’t need to keep them on for a couple of weeks. But with that said, many clients of mine do wear gel so I need to keep my gel art game in tip top shape!
A few months ago, Skyline Beauty Supply had a flash deal on the Young Nails Mission Control gel art set so I bought it to try. You can’t really do complex nail art with just any gel…unless you want to flash cure every 10 seconds. The gel that comes in a bottle is thinner, meant to self level a little bit to look smooth on the nail, so when you paint details it’ll spread out. That’s where art gel comes in! Many brands have some variation of this (Presto, OPI, etc.), and it is literally life changing when doing nail art. For these nails I didn’t need to cure until I switched colors…how crazy is that?
So in my adventures testing out this product, I wanted to do the most complicated design I could come up with. If you’ve never checked out @ihavethisthingwithfloors, you really should. It’s a great source of inspiration for nail art (like this picture here)!
I first painted 2 coats of Presto Gel #113, a medium grey. I went through a phase where I preferred using potted gels, and bought a whole bunch. While they are great for a salon setting, they are so difficult to use when mobile! I have to set them down to paint. Luckily Nail Labo carries every color in a jar or bottle. A jar is great for nail art though! Definitely has its pros and cons.
For the design I used Fizz and Overdrive. You can always tell a polish or gel’s quality by their black and white, while they’re such simple colors they can be hard to get right! For art these are my most often used colors, so I was thrilled when these were completely opaque.
Once I finished the 2 art nails, I got lazy and thought…let’s just do an accent nail! I filmed a video of the process, and it somehow became one of my most viewed videos on instagram. Nail art transfer foil has been around for a few years now, but instead of using it with the foil glue, when you apply it with gel it looks way more amazing. Check out my video below for a basic overview, but I do plan on making a tutorial of it!
Once all nails were finished, I applied a gel top coat and called it a day! I’m going on day 2 of these nails, but I’m already itching to take them off and do some more nail art…ha!
Happy 2018! December was crazy busy for me, so I’ve definitely missed doing nails. I wanted to get back into it with a fun look, and these new shades Sally Hansen sent to me were calling for a funky design!
I started off with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Va-Va Violet and Watermelon Wizzas my base colors. These shades are advertised as only needing one coat, and to my surprise they were completely opaque! They are thicker than most nail polishes, but since I only had used one coat it wasn’t a problem for me.
Once my base was dry (give or take a few minutes) I used a white polish (Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace…my current go to!) to dot on the cheetah print. While a leopard print – there’s a difference!!! – is more common, cheetah print is much easier. You can be lazy with it, the more abstract and random the dots are the better! I did these with a paint brush, but a toothpick would work just as well.
Once the cheetah print was finished, I went back in with yellow polish (Artistic Colour Revolution Sun’s Out, Bun’s Out) for the zebra stripes. This takes a bit more precision, but I like to start with a wavy line and then go back and make one side a bit thicker, then smooth out the stripe. Alternate the thicker ends and you have yourself a zebra stripe!
Today, Pantone announced their pick for the 2018 color of the year – Ultra Violet! By now I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media but I just had to do some nails inspired by the color. You can read more about their color choice here, but ultimately its inspired by what lies ahead, the future, mystery, etc…so their imagery has this futuristic galaxy design. Obviously, it was an easy choice for my nails today!
Galaxy nails have been around for years (like I remember doing this 6 years ago when I started), so I was excited to try this different monochromatic take on it! Typically, galaxy nails have a black background but for these I switched it up and used China Glaze Mix and Mingle. Then, I sponged on varying shades of the same color and finished it up with some white dots for stars, and a glitter topper.
If you’re looking for some Ultra Violet shades…here are some I’d recommend:
I always love trying out new brands, so I was excited to receive a package from Kester Black with some gorgeous colors. Kester Black is cruelty free, vegan, water permeable, organic…the list goes on and on! While they aren’t currently stocked in the United States, their polishes are widely available for order online.
I started out with a base color of Quartz – I was first drawn to this one because its like a nude, but way more interesting. It has more of a taupe color to it with a hint of purple! For the accent nail, I used Fairy Floss for the op-art design.
I love a classic half moon mani, but I also love switching it up! I’ve been on a slight hiatus from nails, getting married keeps you busy! Luckily things have all calmed down now and I’m excited to have more free time for my art.
Sometimes if I want to paint my nails but I don’t know what to do, I’ll start painting my nails with a base color and hopefully something comes to me. I was drawn to this shimmery shade from my collection, Young Nails Caption “Keep Cool Under Pressure“. It is meant to be layered over other colors, but something about it on its own is so gorgeous. I then pulled a pink shade to match, and then I added in the black and white checkers to switch it up.
It’s my favorite time of year! I absolutely love when all the fall polish collections start coming out…something about the dark rich colors makes me so excited for colder weather. China Glaze sent me their fall collection, Street Regal, to check out and I love it! It has a great mix of dark typical fall colors (reds, nudes, plums) but also has some unusual colors like the ones shown here!
I started with a base of Street Style Princess (grey) and Truth is Gold (gold). Once that dried I did a dry brush technique using Just a Little Embellishment (turquoise), Born to Rule (blue), and gold. If you aren’t familiar with this technique…it’s just as its sounds! You wipe off most of the polish on your brush, and lightly drag it across the nail. I chose to do it in different directions, but it looks really cool all over the nail too! I then used nail glue to adhere the studs.
Once it was complete, I used a top coat over the entire nail (studs included) to seal everything in. Typically when using embellishments I prefer to use gel so they stay put, but I found that using nail glue and top coat to seal keeps them on as long as your nail polish stays on!
Who else loves fall nail polish colors? Let me know which collections you’re looking forward to in the comments!
For last week’s #FlashbackFriday I recreated some nails from a few years ago…it’s crazy what some practice can do! I think overall these nails aren’t too bad, but seeing all the different nail lengths and shapes drive me crazy. So if you aren’t feeling happy with how your nails look, just keep practicing…it’ll get better I promise!
China Glaze just came out with their latest collection, My Little Pony, that I’m featuring today. They sent me the cutest PR package with all the My Little Pony shades, so I was eager to play with the fun colors! In the box they pre-swatched everything which made it easy for me to pick which shades to feature.
As you can see, there are all kinds of finishes (creme, shimmer, metallic, iridescent, glitter..and even a matte!). For this particular design I stuck with cremes as they are the best for detailed nail art! I used Cutie Mark the Spot (green) and One Polished Pony (turquoise) for the base colors, and added in a bit of Kill ‘Em With Kindness for the yellow details.