Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fun Nail Art

Fun Nail Art

Day 18 of the Bundle Monster Challenge is "Fun!"  I scoured my Bundle Monster stamping plates to find images I felt embodied this feeling.  I settled on: (1) a moustache since those are so popular right now, (2) shoes because I love them, (3) Nintendo because it brought back a feeling of nostalgic "fun," and (4) popcorn because I associate that with movies (which I also love), and I love eating popcorn in general...especially cheese popcorn.  Yum!

I tried to choose bright colors to go along with the "fun" theme.  This design used a lot of different colors as you can see below.

Polish and nail plates

Polish Used:
  • Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color - Pacific Blue
  • Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color - French White Crème
  • Revlon Nail Enamel - Bubbly
  • Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color - Red Red
  • Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - Green with Envy
  • Wet N Wild Shine Nail Color - Black
  • Ulta - Sun-Sational
  • Sally Hansen Magical Nail Makeup - Crystal Ball
Other Supplies:

To create this look:
  1. Apply the base colors as seen in the picture.  I wanted a lot different and fun contrasting colors.
  2. For the moustache and shoes, stamp as usual in the colors shown.
  3. For the Nintendo and popcorn, a different technique is required to get the multi-colored look.  This YouTube video is a good tutorial.  The basic idea is that you let the image dry on the stamp as opposed to transferring it to your nail immediately.  When dry, you can use a nail brush or dotting tool to color in the lines.  I prefer a dotting tool because it keeps you from brushing away the outlined design.  Once that is completely dry, cover with top coat.  Most tutorials tell you to wait an hour before peeling the design off the stamp, but I've found with quick dry top coat, you don't have to wait as long.  Just test the corner to see if the design comes away.  If you have too much top coat around the design, you can trim it with scissors before placing on the nail.  Then paint a coat of top coat and place the design on your nail, using tweezers to smooth out any air bubbles, and cover with top coat again.  Note: For the Nintendo, I used black to make the outline of the stamp. For the popcorn, I used white. 
  4. For the popcorn, a little more finessing is necessary.  Using a nail brush, fill in every other line of the popcorn bag to make the stripes stand out a little more.  Also dot some orange to define the popcorn since the white polish gets lost in the yellow.

I used top coat on everything EXCEPT the thumb.  With that particular holo polish, it looks better without top coat.  The top coat dulls the holo effect a little. 

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