Just a cute little tropical/floral design :)
Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a tutorial! As requested, this is a tutorial for the “Colors of the Wind” design I made. It looks difficult, but it’s very easy, I promise! I must also note that as the design goes on, you might think, “Wow, this looks so messy and awful.” However, once you put on your glossy top coat, everything gets sealed and smoothed out just fine!
Just know that you may have a bit* of clean-up to do throughout the process and/or by the end of it.
*Results may vary. ;)
You’re going to need four colors: blue, yellow, pink, and white. I would highly recommend the pink and yellow be neon polishes. Not only will they have better color payoff, but they also work better in terms of consistency. Creme polishes tend to have a higher opacity than neon polishes, and for this look, you DON’T want that from the pink and yellow. You want them to be thin and “runny”.
The key tool you’re going to need for this design is a fan brush. I’ve had viewers e-mail me about this particular brush — either A) they had a hard time finding them, or B) they were a bit pricey. I bought mine off of Amazon.com. Two fan brushes came in a set of 15, and I only paid $4.96 (USD) plus shipping fees (which weren’t much). They’re also great quality for their price! If you want the same ones I’m using, CLICK HERE!
1. Start with a bright blue base. I’m using China Glaze’s Sunday Funday.
(OPTIONAL) To make sure the fan brush and polish went across the nail a bit more smoothly, I applied one coat of top coat.
2. You’re going to start with painting the white stripes. To achieve this, dip the fan brush in your white polish, but JUST THE MERE TIPS OF THE BRUSH. In combination with using a white polish that’s pretty fluid (I put a little bit of polish thinner in mine), you’ll want to make sure you only use the tips of the brush because it can get really clumped together.
I found the best way to do this was to do a stroke or two (or three, depending personal preference) from left to right, then from right to left. And if you’re a little heavy handed with the white, that’s fine! This is a design that’s not meant to be perfect. Besides, using a little more white than the other colors is good because it’s what’s going to make those neon colors “pop”.
3. Using the same technique, you’re now going to do the pink on top of the white. For this, I used Finger Paints’ Warhol Wannabe. Be sure that the pink is hitting not only the white, creating the hot pink, but also the blue, to make a pretty “neon” purple.
4. Again, in the same fashion, paint the yellow on top. I’m using China Glaze’s Celtic Sun. Be sure that the yellow touches the white (to make the yellow stand out), the pink (to make orange), and the blue (to make green). At the same time, make sure there’s still some blue showing through.
I recommend doing pink before yellow because of color overlap. When you do pink on top of yellow, the orange color that comes out isn’t as great compared to doing it in reverse.
Do your clean-up job, add your top coat and you’re done!
I’m calling this “Colors of the Wind”. I don’t what it is with me and this neon combo, lately!
Random neon design!
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Daily/Weekly Nail Challenge #19: Microorganism
YES. SCIENCE. BIOLOGY. I wouldn’t be shocked if I was the biggest science geek that also was a nail art fanatic. Escherichia coli, anyone?
Click here to check out Kelly’s microorganism nails!
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- Nina Ultra Pro - Solar Flare
- China Glaze - Def Defying
- Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
New Summery Design!
This is a tutorial for a bows and rhinestones design that’s super easy and simple to do!
1. Start by making a chevron french with whatever color you want. I’m using Sinful Colors in Unicorn.
To do a chevron french, use your nail polish brush (the standard one that came in the bottle) and sweep across the nail in a diagonal from one direction.
Then go across the nail from the opposite side and fill it in.
2. To make the top part of the bow, make an “x” shape over the yellow.
Then complete the rest of the top portion by connecting the two lines on the sides. Make your lines a little thicker if you’d like.
3. Make two white lines at the bottom of the bow and add a rhinestone (silver polish works fine, too).
Add your top coat and you’re done!
Here’s the tutorial for my “bright lights big city” nails. You can alter the colors to better suit your taste!
1. Start by painting the whole nail black.
2. You’re going to paint rectangles and squares with 4 different colors. I’m using neon pink, neon purple, neon yellow, and a bright orange-peach. If the shapes aren’t exactly perfect, it’s okay! They’ll be fixed later.
Keep in mind that you’re painting on top of black, so add a little bit of white to your colors so that they’ll show up on the dark background.
3. You can leave the colors like this, but if you want them to stand out more, you can paint over them with another coat (without the white mixed in).
4. With black and a thin brush, clean up the edges of your shapes. You can also use this to make your shapes smaller/thinner.
5. With blue, make dots in an L-shape. One line of the “L” should be in the black space between squares, and the other line of the “L” will overlap the squares.
Add your top coat and you’re done!