Midweek Manicure // Abstract & Colorful

Finally a midweek manicure! It’s been a while. These were inspired by a post I saw on Sally Hansen’s Instagram feed. The design is nice and bright and colorful. Finally it’s starting to feel like Spring around these parts.

Abstract Colorful nailsI used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Nails (base coat)
  • China Glaze – Liquid Leather (black base – 2 coats)
  • OPI – Mod About You (pastel pink)
  • OPI – Can’t Find My Czechbook (blue)
  • China Glaze – Passion for Petals (dark pink)
  • Seche Vite (top coat)

You could do this with any combination of colors you like. I started with a base coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather, then added random brush strokes of each color, one layer/color at a time. I just kept it really loose and random. I love how it turned out.

Happy Almost Friday!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!

kimberly

Seche Vite Top Coat

Midweek Manicure // Turquoise Nails

Another water marbling manicure, this time made to look like turquoise. One of my favorites!

turquoise nails

To get the turquoise look, I painted my naiels with a base coat of a turquoise polishes, which I sponged onto my nails to get a hint of an ombre effect. I used China Glaze For Audey and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook and a cosmetic sponge (you can find a description of the technique here). Then I dropped some black polish (Essie Liquorice in this case) into a cup of room-temp water and used a hairspray and this water marbling technique to get the effect.

Water Marble Turquoise Nails

Thinking of using this technique to create a tortoise shell mani next!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Chevron Nails

It’s been ages since the last midweek manicure!

Chevron Nails

I wore this nail design at my friend Marisa’s wedding last month. I wanted it to be very subtle, but still fun and interesting. …Please forgive the quality of the iphone photos…

I used:

  • Base Coat
  • White polish (any white polish will do, i.e. I can’t remember the name of this one)
  • Zig Zag nail tip guides from Born Pretty Store
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Bare Dare
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

Neutral Chevron Nails

After a base coat and two coats of white polish on each nail had dried, I placed the nail strips on each nail (two on each), and then painted over them with Bare Dare. I made sure to remove the stickers as soon as I’d painted over them to get the best effect. After everything dried, I added a top coat.

White and Cream Chevron Nails

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Neon Gradient + Leopard

Happy Wednesday! This week’s midweek manicure is one I did quite a while ago, but forgot to post! It’s another one inspired by @ninanailedit on instagram. I saw it and wanted to try it. It’s so different from designs I usually do, but once I’d finished it I was in love.

 

Neon Gradient NailsI used:

  • Base coat (any old base coat will do)
  • Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple
  • China Glaze Pelican Gray
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Top Coat (I like Seche Vite best)

Gradient Nails with Leopard Print

After a base coat, I stamped on a sponge gradient onto each nail. I made sure the gradient ran perpendicular to my nail bed, which isn’t typical for a gradient (and I think that’s part of why I ended up liking this mani so much). To create the sponge gradient, I painted a stripe of Punki Purple, Recycled and Butler Please onto the sponge. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this photo shows how that works:

sponge gradient tutorial from layniefingers.com

After I’d finished all the sponging, I went back and drew on some leopard spots with my I Heart Nail Art pen. A thick top coat with Seche Vite made it all come together.

Leopard Print Gradient Nails

In love! I hope you like it, too.

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Floral Water Decals

I’m really into nails decals and wraps lately. I stocked up on a bunch from Daily Charme and have been having a lot of fun incorporating them into different mani’s.

Tulip Water Decal ManiI used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Top Coat
  • Tulip Water Decals from Daily Charme on my middle and ring fingers
  • China Glaze Pelican Grey on my pinky and index fingers
  • Zoya Jinx on my thumb
  • A single silver nail stud on my thumb
  • Seche Vite top coat

Water Decal Mani

And then, of course, I felt the need to switch it up a bit, and used an I Heart Nail Art pen in White to doodle over the top of each nail.

Floral Decal Nails

Hope everyone is having a great week!

kimberly

 

 

 

 

Midweek Manicure // Drybrush ++

Blue Drybrush Nails

This week, I’m sharing some nail art I created using a drybrush technique.  It’s done exactly the way it sounds: you use a dry paint brush to create and abstract, multi-colored, brush-stroke effect on your nails.

I used:

  • Scotch tape
  • Ulta Snow White
  • China Glaze Refresh-Mint
  • OPI Keeping Suzy at Bay
  • OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • Pastel Nail Studs
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in White
  • Small, flat top paint brush (easy to find in your local craft store)
  • Paper towel
  • Aluminum foil (or some other surface to place dots of nail polish on that you can then dip your brush into)

Drybrush nail art

First I taped off the lower portion of several nails to keep them bare and unpainted. I then added two coats of Snow White on each nail as a base coat. After putting a small puddle of the green and blue colors I’d be using on a piece of tin foil. I dipped the very dry brush into the first color, and painted a few strokes onto the nail. I repeated this process with the different colors on the same nail, wiping the brush off on a piece of paper towel between color-switches. I then repeated this same process on each nail. Once everything was dry, I added a top coat and placed several nail studs on each half-painted nail to add a bit of interest.

A day or so later, I wanted to add a little somethin’ somethin’, and used a while I Heart Nail Art Pen to draw some designs over the top of the drybrush pattern.

Drybrush Nails with Tribal Print

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly