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 // Blank Space

I’ve had that Taylor Swift song stuck in my head all day today, and the title of the song just seemed to go so well with this week’s mani.

Blank Space NailsI used:

To create the design I put the manicure guide stickers on top of my nails (which I had already painted with a base coat). I then painted over them with two coats of Chinchilly and removed the stickers ASAP. Lastly I painted over everything with a top coat. NExt time I’ll get better photos!

kimberly

 

Midweek Manicure // Christmas Nails – Ornamental Touch

Merry Christmas Eve! Just stopping in to share a quick shot of the fun wraps I’ll be wearing on my nails for Christmas. They were part of the December Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and are called Ornamental Touch. They remind me of ugly Christmas sweaters (in a good way).

Ornamental Touch Christmas Nail WrapsAlso, if you’re still looking for last minute mani ideas, here are a few from the Mixed Method archives:

   

Has everyone finished all of their Christmas preparations? I think I’m done, finally. Can’t wait to see lots of family over the next few days!

kimberly

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 // 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 // In the Sea

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the last unofficial week of Summer. The months have flown by, and I only just recently went to the beach for the first time all season (it was well worth the wait). So, I suppose this mani marks the last of my summer-themed designs. I can’t say that I mind too much, though, because Fall is my favorite season. I love seeing the trees explode with color and the cooler weather suits me just fine.

In the Sea NailsI used:

In the Sea Water Decal Nails

This mani called for a lot of accessories, and I just had fun and got creative with placement. After painting my ring and thumb with Turquoise and Caicos and the rest of my nails with Marshmallow, I proceeded to cut out various motifs from the decals and place them on the nails I’d painted white. I saved the turquoise nails for a multitude of studs and pearls, which I affixed using the Seche Vite top coat. If you find that your nail studs don’t stay in place with a topcoat, try using a bit of nail glue.

Now it’s time to go and enjoy the last fleeting days of summer (I think another beach trip is in order).

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Ombre Palm Trees

My first attempt at a palm tree gradient!

Palm Tree Gradient Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Peach of Cake
  • China Glaze – Refresh Mint
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen – Black
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

After using a cosmetic sponge to create the gradient effect as a base color for my nails (there are lots of tutorials for this on youtube), I free-handed some palm trees. Using the I Heart Nail Art Pen (once again) made creating the palm trees very effortless, but I think I might prefer to use a thinner, more precise striping brush the next time around. I feel like the trees lack a bit of definition and the color was pretty thin in some spots.

Ombre Palm Tree Nails

Sad to think that it’s almost time to wrap it up with these summer-themed manis!

kimberly