Monday, August 24, 2015

Magic Kingdom

Disney Nails

It all started with a mouse.  And some magic :)  Like many, I LOVE everything Disney (if you couldn't tell from how many Disney manis I've posted, and how I mention my love of Disney every time).  Today's mani is just a celebration of Disney.

I was asked by a reader to come up with a general Disney themed mani.  She is going to Disney World next month and wanted something that wasn't character specific, but encompassed all the magic Disney has to offer.  I immediately knew I wanted to do a castle nail, but beyond that I was having a little "nail block" as I like to call it.  I had a lot of different ideas, but nothing that really fit together in a cohesive look.  A lot of what was throwing me off was the color scheme...there were too many colors going on (and not in a good way), so nothing looked like it matched.  Finally when I decided to keep the designs in white and blue, my vision started to come together.  I hope you, and Lacey (the requestor), enjoy this design.

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Wet n Wild - French White Crème
  • Sally Hansen Insta Dri - License to Dri
  • Miss Kiss - Chrome Crazy
  • Sally Hansen Gem Crush - Showgirl Chic
  • Base and top coats
Other Supplies:
  • Nail art brush
  • Dotting tool
  • Clear rhinestones (two small and one large)

I didn't really do step-by-step photos because I was just kind of free painting, and I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out.  Some nails I hated after I painted so I'd start over and paint something else.  So I'll try my best to give complete instructions with each nail.  To create this look:
  1. Apply a white base color.
  2. Index - Mickey Mouse
    • Start with a large round circle for his head a little above center (closer to the base).
    • Add his nose and two ears.
    • Paint his body, which is kind of like a small bell shape extending below his head.
    • Add his bent arm and hand.
    • Then two sticks for legs, and his round shoes.
    • Finally the tail.
      Mickey Mouse Nail Art
  3. Middle - Fireworks
    • Start with License to Dri, painting some firework bursts.
    • Repeat this process with Chrome Crazy and Showgirl Chic.
    • Add a large clear rhinestone to the center, with two smaller ones to complete a Mickey head in the center of the firework.
  4. Ring - Castle
    • Start with two short lines on the tip of the nail, leaving a space in the center for the drawbridge.
    • Paint another set of two short lines on top of this.
    • Next, paint a long line that extends past the shorter lines on each side.  Try to make it curve a little in the center, so the drawbridge space will be rounded.
    • Continue adding lines, and little triangle peaks with flags as seen here:
      Disney Castle Nail
  5. Pinky - Mickey heads
    • Use a dotting tool to create a vertical line of Mickey heads.  Be sure the dotting tool used to create the ears is smaller than the one used for the head.  Or if you use the same tool, make sure you don't press down all the way for the ears so they well be smaller.
      Mickey Head Nail
  6. Thumb
    • Initially, I was going to paint the nail with some glitter polish and then paint "Disney" in the Disney font across the nail, but I painted this with my left hand, and my font skills suck even with my dominant hand.  So you can imagine what that would look like.  Other ideas for the thumb could be: (1) a blue stud at the base of the nail, (2) another rhinestone Mickey head on the base of the nail, (3) some blue dots covering the entire nail, (4) a glitter gradient, or (5) anything you can think of! :)

If there is something you want to see me do, I'm always happy to take requests.  You can send me a message, or leave me a comment on here or any of my social media accounts. 

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