Your heart shines through!
What would New Years celebrations be without New Years Nail Art?
I think of shiny lights, champagne and a kiss at midnight!
So this is what I came up with. I started with “Haven’t the foggiest” by OPI as the base color.
Then with a black “Art Club” lacquer with a stripping brush as the brush added the swirls.
I thin added splashes of silver sparkle by using Sinful Colors “Queen of Beauty”. I didn’t use it on the whole nail. Only where I wanted a little extra bling.
Not like the ring I’m holding. Holy bling! Thanks for lending it to me for the shoot Jackie!
Once they dried, I applied OPI Top Coat. Voila!
Now I just have to wait for the kiss at midnight!
I had this fabulous idea for Halloween nail art! I did all the research and figured out what colors I needed for the base, what I needed to draw the art, how to add color and finish them…..
Sounds great right????
Except they didn’t look so good on the nails. In fact, the recipient very kindly accepted them, but I could tell that she wasn’t happy!
As a professional nail technician, I didn’t feel that I could let her live with them. So I called her and asked her if they had grown on her like she suggested they might.
Very sweetly she said that she like one of them!!!! LOL
Anyways, as luck would have it, she was able to come back to let me make amends!
Version one went like this!
I used OPI Gel Color “Alpine Snow” as a base color (OPI Gel Base Coat first with a 30 sec cure), the I actually used a Sharpie, Yes, a Sharpie, to draw on her Gel Color. I had removed the moist surface residue first. It worked really well, except the Sharpie had to be exchanged a lot as it would dry out while I was working!
And then I added some acrylic paint for color! Finished with OPI Gel Color Top Coat!
I have to admit, on paper they looked really good! Not so much on her really pretty nails….
So, Ambrosia came back today and we re-did them…. I am really happy that we got the chance to change them for her.
Version two went like this:
I applied two coats OPI Gel Color “Black Onyx” over a cured coat of Base Coat by OPI Gel Color, then sealed them with the top coat. Once I removed the moist surface residue, I got down to business!
I used Salon Perfect “Traffic Cone” A very vibrant and neon orange!!!! With my trusty stylus, I made swirls and dots. Without a real plan, I tried to have fluidity with the orange to gently define a smile line.
One of them looked like a toothy smile so I made “Googlie Eyes” with that one.
Ambrosia liked the purple rhinestones so I added some of them to her nails. Including them for eyeballs on the pointer finger!
One of the spooky side effects of the Salon Perfect “Traffic Cone” color is that when I applied the OPI Gel Color Top Coat over the art to seal it in, and had her cure her fingers, the orange color GLOWED like crazy in the light!!!!!!
I like the idea of being able to draw with the Sharpie. I will do some more research and see what I can come up with!!!!
Some thoughts from those brilliant folks across the pond!
What do you think? Do you have a favorite shape, color, or special effect?
Thea Green, Founder of Nails inc London has this to say….
THIS SEASON IS ALL ABOUT GLITTER AND SPECIAL EFFECTS AND A SQUOVAL SHAPE WORKS PERFECTLY.
Yesterday I showed you a step by step on “Gogglie Eyes” for Halloween.
Today I thought I would show you another version of the fun I had making Halloween Nails.
This time though, they are “ANGRY EYES”! There should be some kinda scary eyeballs out there too, don’t you think?
Anyways, these are just as easy to do as the “Googlie Eyes”. I used the same tools. Acrylic Paint, a Stylus, and a plastic cuticle stick.
The base of the nails are OPI Gel Color in “Black Onyx”. And, as with the Gogglie Eyes, you need to wipe the moist surface residue off the color once you have applied two coats and cured them both.
The wipe needs to be dry by the way.
Next, using my plastic cuticle stick with some orange acrylic paint on the very end (I just dipped it in the acrylic paint that was on the lid, so I picked up a minimal amount) and simply swiped it across the nail where I wanted the grim tight little lips to be.
After cleaning the orange acrylic paint from the cuticle stick, I dipped it into white acrylic paint and made a slight swipe, at a angle, on the nail where I wanted the furrowed brows to be.
Using the small end of the stylus and white acrylic paint, I made a small “U” under the brow to form the eye itself. I actually had too much white paint on the stylus, so I corrected it by adding a dot of black acrylic paint to the center. It worked well to fix my mistake. ( I love acrylic paint as a medium!)
After letting the acrylic paint dry for a couple of minute I applied and then cured the top coat by OPI Gel Color.
ANGRY EYES” for a spooky Halloween
I started to do some nail art for Halloween on my nails the other day and ended up having so much fun with different expression of “eyeballs” that you can make!
I’ll show you the Googlie Eyes with a french twist first!
First, I readied my tools to make “Googlie Eyes” with a french twist for Halloween.
Acrylic Paint is a very easy medium to work in. It washes off in a jiffy with just plain old water! So mistakes are easily corrected.
I used a stylus and a plastic cuticle stick to help shape the design.
Next I used OPI Gel Color “Black Onyx” as a base color. I used the base coat and cured it for 30 seconds before hand of course.
Once I had cured two coats of the base color, I gently wiped off the moist surface residue left behind from the LED UV light curing process. Just a dry wipe. No NAS 99 or other cleanser. Just dry!
Next I got creative. I simply lined up dots to make a subtle smile line using orange acrylic paint.
Then, using white acrylic paint and the wide end of the stylus to make white eyes!
But they needed to have eyeballs!!!! So using the small end of the stylus I added black on top of the white to create the complete “eye” look. I like to have the black a little off center so it makes the googlie eyes look….well, googlie!
I let this dry for a couple of minutes so I could finish these with a gel top coat. That way I will have “Googlie Eyes” well past Halloween! They do last up to three weeks after all!
Finish this with OPI Gel Color Top Coat with a cure of 30 seconds, remove the moist surface residue and you are set for Halloween!!!! BOO!!!!