Thursday, 28 October 2010

Black Fishnet Nail Art

First, I applied my base coat, then did a coat of OPI Princesses Rule, and a coat of OPI Isn't That Precious? over the top.

Then, using Andrea Fulerton Stripe & Sparkle in Pattie (yes, again, I really love this!) I painted diagonal lines all going in one direction.

Then painted diagonal lines going in the opposite direction.

Still using Pattie, I applied a french tip.

Once you add your topcoat you're done! :)

Simple Halloween Skulls

This nail art is really simple and easy for anyone to do! :)

After applying a base coat, I painted my thumb and ring finger with a black nail polish from a set from The Color Workshop, and applied w7 Orange Dazzle to my index finger, middle finger and pinkie. Then I stuck Andrea Fulerton Nail Tattoos in Skull & Crossbones over the black. You can do this nail art lots of different ways - you can paint different nails to the ones I've used, do a black french tip on the orange nails, or even try painting the skulls yourself. Add a topcoat to seal the nail tattoos on when you're finished.

Hope you enjoyed!

Nail Art Inspiration - Cherry Blossom Tree

I came across a gorgeous picture of a cherry blossom tree on my neighbour Aimee's tumblr (link to image: and I was inspired to recreate it.

I used 2 coats of Rimmel whitener for the base, sprinkled some pale irridescent blue glitter (from The Works) over the top, then Andrea Fulerton Striple & Sparkle in Pattie for the tree. Finally I lightly stippled Barry M Raspberry around for the flowers.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Halloween Cartoon Vampire Nail Art

To start, apply your base coat and base colour. A light/medium grey would be perfect, but I don't have that colour so I used a pale greyish-lavender, Be Mine by George.

Next I used Andrea Fulerton Stripe & Sparkle in Pattie to create the widow's peak of the hairline at the tip of my nail and the collar at the base of my nail. It should look like an outlined heart shape.

Next, I used Barry M Raspberry to create the eyes and Natural Collection Nail Tip Whitener to create the fangs with a dotting tool.

Then I used the Andrea Fulerton polish again to add the eyebrows, mouth and the pupils.

Finally I used the Barry M polish again to add some blood to the fangs. Wait to make sure the polish is completely dry before adding a top coat, you don't want the colours to run.

I got this idea from a youtube video, you can watch it here:

Monday, 25 October 2010

Plaid Nail Art

To start, I applied my base coat and my base colour, I used Barry M Cyan Blue.

Then I applied 2 wide lines, one vertical, near one side of my nail, and one horizontal, across the tip of my nail, using Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream.

Next, with a nail art brush, I applied thinner lines, 2 vertical and 2 horizontal, using Nails Inc Hanover Street.

Then, using Collection 2000 Powder Blue, I applied another vertical line in between the two dark blue lines and another horizontal line at the tip of my nail.

Finally, using beautyuk No. 46 Blue, I did two more vertical lines and two more horizontal lines wherever I could find space, then applied my top coat.

You could try using a few different colours and see how that turns out!

Hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Autumn Leaves Nail Art

First off, I found a picture of different shaped leaves on Google and printed it out so I could trace over them as my attempts to freehand leaves were failing miserably. I used 4 or 5 different shaped leaves and used different nail polishes to colour them in, mixing them to get new colours or give the leaves gradient effects.

The nail polishes I used were:
Barry M Raspberry
 MUA shade 6
 w7 Flourescent Orange
 w7 Coral Dream
 Nails Inc Belgravia
 a peachy/yellow nail art pen I got from a set from Argos
 Max Factor Ivory
 Maybelline Colorama Flames of Amber
Maybelline Colorama Beams of Fire.

Here's what I ended up with.

And here's all the leaves laid out.

For my nails, I applied my base coat and did two coats of Max Factor Ivory. You could use any base colour you want, I thought the gold would look nice. Then I placed some leaves randomly on my nails with a dotting tool. You can either completely cover the nail with the leaves or leave some gaps in between, I did the latter. If your leaves rip, tear or crumple up a bit on your nail, that's fine and would probably add to the effect. Add a top coat when you're happy with your nails.

Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Halloween Spiderweb Nail Art

Firstly, I made the spiderwebs using a poly pocket and my dotting tool (a cocktail stick would work if you don't have one) like I did in my last blog post. I looked at a few pictures of webs I found on Google and tried to copy the shape, but made each web different to give a bit of variety. I used an unnamed nail polish from a nail art set, I think it was by The Color Workshop. It was black with grey shimmer. I purposely made the webs bigger than my nail so I could choose which part of the web I wanted to use. I forgot to take a picture of them on the poly pocket though :(

Then for my nails, I applied my base coat and base colour, I used China Glaze LOL.

Then I peeled off the webs after they were dry and placed them on my nails using my dotting tool. Because I made the webs bigger than my nails, I had a good portion left over around my cuticle and hanging off the end of my nail. To remove the excess, I soaked a cotton bud in nail polish remover and removed what was on my skin, then filed my nail gently to get rid of the excess at the top of my nail. If you accidentally file off a bit much, just touch up where you need to.

Finish off with a top coat and you're done!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Art

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so I thought I would do a pink ribbon nail art!

To start with this nail art, a few hours before I started painting my nails, I created the pink ribbons for my nails. To do this, I took a poly pocket (any bendable plastic thing would work like a plastic bag or something like that) and painted the ribbon with a dotting tool. I didn't have the exact colour I wanted so I mixed 2 drops of China Glaze Rich & Famous, 4 drops of Essie Ballet Slippers 4 drops of OPI Princesses Rule, and 2 drops of GOSH Magic Star. You don't want to make the ribbons too thin or they won't peel off when you're ready to use them. I let them dry for about an hour or so.

To start the nails, I applied a base coat and made a french tip with Natural Collection Nail Tip Whitener. I then went over my entire nail with Natural Collection Pink Manicure. This was a bit sheerer than I wanted so I added an extra coat of OPI Pink-a-Doodle.

After that was dry, I carefully peeled my pink ribbons from the poly pocket and used my dotting tool to place them down on the nail. If you accidentally rip one, just place it back together as best as you can on the nail.

Finish off with a top coat and you're done!

For more information on Breast Cancer visit:

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Under The Sea Blue/Green Marbling Nail Art

To start, apply your base coat and base colour. I used one coat of Barry M Mint Green. It doesn't matter if the polish is opaque or sheer, most of it will be covered with other polish.

Next, apply random blobs of different coloured nail polish over most of your nail. I used Nails Inc Hanover Street, OPI Give Me The Moon and w7 Green Dazzle. You don't want the blobs to be too thin so they won't spread slightly across the nail, but you don't want them to be too big so it'll cover your entire nail.

Then, I used the smallest end of a dotting tool to move the polish about a bit, mixing the blobs together in a swirly motion. Don't mix them too much though or you'll just end up with one colour. If you find you've got too much of one colour, add a small drop of a different colour and mix it in slightly. It doesn't matter if your nails aren't uniform, each nail is meant to be a bit different.

When you're happy with your nails, add a top coat and you're done!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Wavy Glitter Stripes Nail Art

To start, I applied a coat of Rimmel Whitener, then Rimmel Stronger. Then, I did one coat of Altar Ego by OPI. Next I used a nail art brush to do three wavy lines across the top of my nail, leaving a gap in between each line. If you don't have a nail art brush an old liquid eyeliner brush would work.

To make it a bit easier I tried painting a small straight line in the middle of my nail, then curved it upwards at one end and downwards at the other end. That helped a lot, especially when painting my right hand.

I then used Wet n Wild Rock Solid nail polish in Sparkling Diamonds to fill in the gaps between the lines. Then, I went over it with Barry M nail paint in Pink Irridescent.

I used a glitter nail polish to go over the coloured lines with my nail art brush, bringing it down further than the colour stops and curving it along the bottom of my nail to give a slight gradient effect.

Finish off with a clear top coat and thats it!

I would probably do all my nails one colour if I was doing this nail art again, I just wanted to see how it would look with a bunch of different colours!

If you have any nail art requests or ideas let me know!

Colours used:

Thumb - Max Factor mini nail polish in Diva Pink, then w7 Pink Dazzle
Index - OPI Do You Lilac It?, then w7 Purple Dazzle
Middle - beautyuk Go Green, then w7 Green Dazzle
Ring - Barry M Cyan Blue, then w7 Blue Dazzle
Pinkie - Rimmel Your Majesty, then Art Club Hologram Glitter