Sugar Spun Gradient for Valentine’s Day
Resident Evil: Retribution
Sorry for the long wait between posts. I managed to open a cut on my finger and didn’t want to risk getting nail polish remover in the wound. However, I couldn’t let the theater debut of the new Resident Evil movie (Resident Evil: Retribution) pass without some nail art. :) I do apologize for the extreme brightness of this picture; I had to take it with flash when the sun made the red disappear into the black.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do for this design. It was getting it onto my nails that was nearly impossible. I decided to create my own nail stickers in hopes of making the completion of this design easier. The Umbrella symbol was made so much easier with this method. It gave me a flat surface to work on, one that I could twist and turn to get the best angle. A dot in the middle, triangles in alternating red and white around this dot, and curved tops. I did blood splatter as I always do, but I loved the way nail stickers gave me the option of choosing the splatter pattern I wanted instead of having to go with what came out of the straw.
The hardest part by far was the bloody fingerprint. It had me almost giving up a few times before I came up with a design I liked. While this idea came from a tutorial I found on deviantART, I had to adapt it so that it would work for me and this design. I painted the pad of my index finger with black and stamped a fingerprint onto my homemade sticker. I left my finger on the sticker until it was almost permanently stuck so that it would leave an imprint on the sticker just in case the black polish didn’t get left behind right. With a small brush I traced an approximation of my fingerprint over the black. It wasn’t exact but it came through well enough to get the idea across.
4th of July
Wait! What do you mean it’s not the 4th of July yet?? Yep, that’s right. I’m early (for once)!! My holiday nails are usually done quickly and posted the day of the holiday. So I’m really happy to be posting these nails early
This is three coats of white which I then taped over the bottom half of before painting the blue. I added red stripes to the bottom half and white stars to the top half. I free handed the stars this time. I think it was easier than trying to trace around star shaped gems. Now I just have to focus on drawing them smaller for other designs.
A Parliament of Owls. With all the awesome owl nails out there I just had to try my own. I was inspired by a Pin on Pinterest linking to Let them have Polish!
I couldn’t have chosen a worse time to do this design though. I had very little time to do my nails before I had to start getting ready for my niece’s dance recital. As you can see by the second picture … they didn’t have enough time to dry.
Memorial Day nail art using OPI Alpine Snow, China Glaze Poinsettia, and China Glaze First Mate.
Read about this mani and see more pictures here.
My Kickin’ Converse nails created using Wet n Wild colors: Club Havana, Tropicalia, I Need a Refresh-Mint, and Bite the Bullet.
I’m kind of embarrassed to post this mani. These are nowhere near my best nails. They just look so messy to me. I tried something new, loading a large brush with four colors and attempting to do a one-stroke nail, and then used a stamp over top. Things didn’t work out as I hoped.
I know I mentioned it somewhere before, whether in a blog post or on my Facebook page, but I was asked to do a set of nails for my niece for her Spring Fling dance. I’m happy to say I got them completed and didn’t mess them up while helping her glue them on. They looked amazing with her dress, her oversized jewelry and definitely her shoes! Can you imagine trying to dance in those thing??
New York Color (NYC) mattifying top coat, Matte Me Crazy, over China Glaze Riveting. I added 2mm gold nail studs I purchased from Born Pretty.
Originally posted on my blog: 2012-05-02
An alternating mani using Pure Ice Twinkle and Hot Tamale.
Originally posted on my blog: 2012-04-25