In an attempt to start the new year with some classy nail art, I did these tuxedo nails last night.
I used Seventeen’s Lasting Fix Nail Polish in White as a base, and then swept Barry M’s Nail Paint in Black to make a v-shape at the end of my nails.  I then used a black nail art pen to touch up the v and to draw a bowtie near the cuticle.  Finally, I dabbed some black nail varnish onto a post-it note and used one of my dotting tools to create buttons.
Overall, the design was easy until I finished it with a clear top coat.  This photo was taken before I added the top coat, which I waited twelve hours/overnight to apply because I knew the black would smudge.  Unfortunately, even after this waiting period, it still smudged, so if you want to do this design and are worried about smudging it, I would recommend carefully dabbing the clear coat over the white parts of the nail before the black parts.

In an attempt to start the new year with some classy nail art, I did these tuxedo nails last night.

I used Seventeen’s Lasting Fix Nail Polish in White as a base, and then swept Barry M’s Nail Paint in Black to make a v-shape at the end of my nails.  I then used a black nail art pen to touch up the v and to draw a bowtie near the cuticle.  Finally, I dabbed some black nail varnish onto a post-it note and used one of my dotting tools to create buttons.

Overall, the design was easy until I finished it with a clear top coat.  This photo was taken before I added the top coat, which I waited twelve hours/overnight to apply because I knew the black would smudge.  Unfortunately, even after this waiting period, it still smudged, so if you want to do this design and are worried about smudging it, I would recommend carefully dabbing the clear coat over the white parts of the nail before the black parts.

So… uh… a very belated “Merry Christmas” to everyone!

I did these nails for my sister and I on Christmas Eve, but I had some issues with with uploading this post until now - still, better late than never!

The top nails were done on my sister’s nails; I painted a few coats of a nude nail polish (Sleek’s Nail Polish in Bare - not sure if the company still makes this colour though) as a base, before dabbing some red (Barry M’s Nail Paint in Red) at the cuticle.  I then used a white nail art pen to create the trim for the hat and the beard, before finally finishing it off with a two black dots (Barry M’s Nail Paint in Black) for eyes and a pink dot (Barry M’s Nail Paint in Strawberry Ice Cream) for the nose with my dotting tools.  Don’t forget the top coat!

The bottom picture shows my nails; I used a brownish maroon for the base (it was a Maybelline sample for which I’ve lost the label) before using a white nail art pen to “ice” the tips of my nails.  When that was done, I used a green nail polish (Collection 2000’s Hot Looks in Ninja) to create leaves for holly sprigs and two red dots (Barry M’s Nail Paint in Red) for the berries.  Again, don’t forget the top coat!

Apologies again for the late posting - all posting issues have been resolved now, so expect to hear more from me now!  

I’ve been meaning to post a new nail art design on here for a while now, but the last couple of times I’ve tried painting my nails, they haven’t exactly come out the way I envisioned them to.  These however, did…
Inspired by the fact that I haven’t used my dotting tools in a while, I used them to make these.  I did a clear base coat followed by two coats of a basic white, before dabbing a little of each colour onto a post-it note and using a medium sized dotting tool to apply a line of dots onto the nail in every colour.  Once it was dry, I used a few coats of the clear nail varnish again to seal in the design.  Below is a list of the colours I used.
Barry M’s “All In One Clear Nail Paint”
Barry M’s Nail Paint in “Bright Red”
Sinful Colours in “Let’s Meet/Yellow”  (I used a combination of the red and yellow to get orange, as I’d run out.)
Collection 2000’s Hot Looks in “Ninja/Green”
Barry M’s Nail Paint in “Cyan Blue”
As mentioned above, I used a dotting tool to get the dots onto my nails.  They’re available very cheaply on sites like eBay and Amazon; you’ll be able to get a selection of sizes for a few pounds/dollars.  You can also make one by following my guide here.

I’ve been meaning to post a new nail art design on here for a while now, but the last couple of times I’ve tried painting my nails, they haven’t exactly come out the way I envisioned them to.  These however, did…

Inspired by the fact that I haven’t used my dotting tools in a while, I used them to make these.  I did a clear base coat followed by two coats of a basic white, before dabbing a little of each colour onto a post-it note and using a medium sized dotting tool to apply a line of dots onto the nail in every colour.  Once it was dry, I used a few coats of the clear nail varnish again to seal in the design.  Below is a list of the colours I used.

  • Barry M’s “All In One Clear Nail Paint”
  • Barry M’s Nail Paint in “Bright Red”
  • Sinful Colours in “Let’s Meet/Yellow”  (I used a combination of the red and yellow to get orange, as I’d run out.)
  • Collection 2000’s Hot Looks in “Ninja/Green”
  • Barry M’s Nail Paint in “Cyan Blue”

As mentioned above, I used a dotting tool to get the dots onto my nails.  They’re available very cheaply on sites like eBay and Amazon; you’ll be able to get a selection of sizes for a few pounds/dollars.  You can also make one by following my guide here.

You’ve seen my tutorial for Castiel nails (here) and you’ve seen my take on Dalek nails (here), but I think it’s time complete the Superwholock trilogy, don’t you?

In celebration of the Sherlock preview - which I watched last night on the edge of my seat - I’m going to (attempt) Sherlock inspired nails.  Unfortunately, I’m all out of ideas, so I need you guys to help me.  My ask box is open, so if you have an idea on what I could do to paint Sherlock nails, then please leave me a message, anon or not.

When doing nail art, waiting for your nails to dry so you can do the next step can be the most boring thing in the world.  But necessary, as if you start too early, you’ll ruin the whole thing - trust me, I speak from experience.  So to hopefully shorten the amount of time it can take that last coat to dry, I’ve compiled a list of things that you can do you make your nails dry faster.  Here we go…

  1. Use a hairdryer on the cold setting to help your nails dry quicker.  The cool air will help the nail varnish to harden faster; just keep the hairdryer hovered over each nail for about thirty seconds.  Alternatively…
  2. … use a fan.  The cold air will work in the same way as the hairdryer for cool, quick nails.
  3. Hold your finger nails under a cold tap/faucet for a few seconds; the cold running water will aid in the drying process.  Once you’re done, leave your hands and nails to dry naturally.  DO NOT RUB THEM WITH A TOWEL AS THE NAIL VARNISH WILL ONLY SMUDGE.  Or if you’re really impatient, combine this method with the hairdryer method to end up with dry nails and hands!
  4. Invest in a nail drying spray like Avon’s Nail Experts Liquid Freeze Quick Dry Spray (which can be found here for just £3).  It will help your nails dry quicker and is small enough to slip into your pocket!
  5. If you’ve tried all of the above and your nails still aren’t dry, I’m afraid there’s only one thing for it.  Put your feet up, pop the TV on and relax!  Watch your favourite TV show or film or even just listen to music, just be careful you don’t smudge your nails whilst trying to put your headphones on.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes, and once the credits are rolling, you’ll be able to continue painting your nails.  Right now, I’m waiting for my nails to dry, so I’m passing the time by writing this!

So there you have it, a list of remedies you can use for fast drying nails.  If you have another tried and tested method that you would like me to add to the list, leave it in my ask box and I’ll be sure to the add it to the list.

As promised, coming up is the tutorial for gradient nails!  They’re much less complicated that they look, but incredibly messy, so please do this in a protected area.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Clear nail varnish.  Do I even need to say it anymore?
  • Two or three colours of the same shade.  I used Barry M’s “Navy” “Cyan Blue” and “Blueberry Ice Cream”.  Alternatively, you could do colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, such as red, orange and yellow, or pick contrasting colours.  The choice is yours!
  • A sponge.  I snipped a corner off of a yellow dish sponge but you could use a make up sponge.
  • A plastic sandwich bag, or cling film.  Just reduces mess.
  • Sparkly nail varnish (optional).
  • Nail varnish remover and earbuds/q-tips, for easy clean up.

1. Use the clear nail varnish to give your nails a basecoat to protect them.  This is essential with these nails, as you will be adding many layers of polish so your nails will become dry and stained if you don’t use a basecoat.

2. Take the palest colour you have and give your nails two coats.  Wait for them to dry completely before taking the next step.

3. Take your sponge and run it under the tap briefly.  Squeeze out any excess water; this makes sure that the sponge is already saturated and therefore won’t absorb too much nail varnish.  Paint stripes of your nail varnish from lightest to darkest onto the sandwich bag.

4. Roll the sponge across the stripes so there are three distinct lines across the sponge.  Then, gently press the sponge against your nail, rocking it side to side and up and down so the colours blend together.  I usually put the darkest colour at the top of my nail, but it’s up to your where you put yours.  It might take a couple of attempts to get the effect you want, but try to work as fast as possible, as the stripes will dry very quickly, meaning you have to paint new ones.

5. Once the gradient was dry, I painted a layer of clear, sparkly nail varnish onto my nails as I think that the sparkles help the colours blend better, but this is optional.  Then, finish your nails with multiple top coats to protect the layers.

6. There is no doubt about the fact that you would’ve got nail polish all over your fingers and down your jeans and all over the table, so dip an earbud into some nail varnish remover to mop it up.

Yes, it really is that simple!  The multiple layers of polish mean that these nails stay chip-free for a long time, however they’re a bit of a pain to get off, so leave plenty of time when you want to remove them.  So good luck!  And always, my ask box is always open for suggestions or requests for nail tutorials!  

After seeing several pictures of gradient nails on the internet, I finally decided to have a go myself.  I did these on Monday, and I have to say that I’m very proud of them.  They took forever, but look pretty cool, and as I wrote this on Friday, they were pretty much chip-free. Until I took them off so I could do them again, this time taking photos as I went to make a tutorial for them!  Keep your eyes peeled for the tutorial that I will (hopefully!) be posting in the next couple of hours!

After seeing several pictures of gradient nails on the internet, I finally decided to have a go myself.  I did these on Monday, and I have to say that I’m very proud of them.  They took forever, but look pretty cool, and as I wrote this on Friday, they were pretty much chip-free. Until I took them off so I could do them again, this time taking photos as I went to make a tutorial for them!  Keep your eyes peeled for the tutorial that I will (hopefully!) be posting in the next couple of hours!

The idea for these nails was suggested to me by a close friend of mine a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just got round to making a tutorial for them.  I had to simplify the design down quite a bit to make it easier to do, but I still think they look pretty cool.  These nails have three different elements, so I have broken down the tutorial into three separate pieces…

YOU WILL NEED (FOR PACMAN):

  • Clear nail varnish.
  • Yellow nail varnish.
  • A black nail art pen or a black nail varnish and a small paint brush.
  1. Use the clear nail varnish to give your thumb nail a protective base coat.  When this is dry, paint two coats of the yellow nail varnish.
  2. Only when the yellow nail varnish is completely dry - if not, the nib or brush you’re using will ruin it - begin painting the mouth.  Outline a black triangle coming out from the side of your nail.  Fill it in only when you’re happy with the shape.  I added a black dot above the mouth for the eye because I felt it completed the look, but this is optional.
  3. Use the clear nail varnish again to give it a top coat.

YOU WILL NEED (FOR THE GHOST):

  • Either red, pink, orange or blue nail varnish.
  • A white nail art pen, or white nail varnish and a dotting tool.
  • A black nail art pen, or black nail varnish and a dotting tool.
  1. Give your pinky nail a protective base coat using the clear nail varnish.  When that’s dry, give it two coats of your chosen colour.
  2. Again, you’ll have to wait until that colour is completely, 100% dry to avoid smudging before starting this next bit.  Use either your white nail art pen or dotting tool to give the ghost eyes.  Use the black nail art pen or a smaller dotting tool to add pupils.
  3. Use the black nail art pen to add a zigzag pattern at the tip of your nail.
  4. When everything is dry, add a top coat.

YOU WILL NEED (FOR THE DOTS):

  • Black nail varnish.
  • White nail varnish.
  • Yellow nail varnish.
  • A dotting tool.
  1. You should have your three middle nails left to paint.  Give these a base coat before painting two coats of black nail varnish.
  2. When this is dry, dollop a little white nail varnish onto some paper.  I always use Post-It Notes.  Dip your dotting tool into this and use it to create three small, white dots horizontally across the middle of your nail.  This is necessary to make the yellow pop against the black.
  3. When these are dry, put a little yellow nail varnish onto the paper.  Dip your dotting tool into the yellow and go over the white dots.
  4. When these are dry, give your nails a top coat.

And there you have it.  A simplified nail art tutorial for Pacman nails!  And whilst you wait for them to dry, why not play a little Pacman here?

Exterminate! Exterminate!

I don’t think there’s a single Brit around - regardless of whether they watch Doctor Who or not - who doesn’t hear that noise and immediately know what’s making it. The answer, of course, is a Dalek. I am a massive fan of Doctor Who and to honour it’s return to our TV screens tonight, I have created a tutorial for Dalek nails.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Clear nail varnish.
  • Gold nail varnish; I’m not a fan of the new, rainbow coloured Daleks, so I used Collection 2000’s “Hot Looks” nail varnish in Shimmey Shake, although it’s a bit sparkly for my liking. But use whatever Dalek-coloured nail varnish you can find.
  • A black nail art pen/striper or black nail varnish with a very thin brush or cocktail stick.
  • Tweezers! Not completely necessary, but they do make placing the gems easier.
  • Little black gems; mine came with my nail art pen as you can see in the picture. Alternatively, you can just use black nail varnish and a small dotting tool. If you don’t have a dotting tool, find out how to make one here. You’ll need nine gems.
  • Not pictured: a little white or silver gem for the eye; alternatively you can use a dab of white or blue nail varnish and a dotting tool.

Let’s begin!

  1. As always, start with a base coat of clear nail varnish. Then, add two coats of your gold nail varnish, although I used three because my varnish was quite transparent.
  2. When that’s totally dry, about two thirds of the way up your nail, make two thin stripes of black using your nail art pen, striper or brush.
  3. While you wait for that to dry, tip out the correct amount of gems you’ll need (nine black gems and one white gem) or dollop some black nail varnish onto some paper. When the black lines are dry, give your nail one coat of clear. Whilst it’s still wet, use your tweezers to place the gems onto your nail. Place the black gems (or dots, if you’re using nail varnish) in a 3x3 square under the black lines, and put the white gem above the black lines in the middle of your nail. Use the tweezers to gently press the gems into your nail.

And that’s it! If you wish, you can finish with a top coat of clear varnish, but I don’t feel that’s necessary. Now you can kick back, relax, and wait for 6:15 to come around.

These are my lovely sister’s newly painted nails, done by yours truly.  For those that want to copy, I used Barry M’s “Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint” in Pomegranate before using a coat of clear nail varnish to set in some gems.

These are my lovely sister’s newly painted nails, done by yours truly.  For those that want to copy, I used Barry M’s “Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint” in Pomegranate before using a coat of clear nail varnish to set in some gems.