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PRETTY POLISH

photo/post by Kristin Ess

You will need:

  1. I didn’t do a base coat, I just very very very lightly buffed the surface of my nail.
  2. Use a stripe brush and dip it into the black gel polish.
  3. Create a “v shape” using the diagram below.
  4. Fill in the sides with the black gel polish.
  5. Add your gold triangle charm using either super glue or clear gel polish. If you use clear polish it will obviously be safer but also take a bit more time to dry so be patient! You can also use a gold polish to create a tiny triangle if you don’t have a charm on hand.
  6. I didn’t love the metal finish of the charm because it was a little too yellow for me, so I went over it with a little swipe of the gold polish.
  7. Clean up any polish mess ups with a brush and remover as seen here.
  8. Last, add your clear top coat.

Here’s a quick illustration of the pattern! I suggest making the black outer painted triangle more narrow and long vs. wide. It just looks a bit cooler, in my opinion. A wider triangle just makes it look more like a graphic french manicure.

 

NAILED IT!

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHICS: KRISTIN ESS

Didn’t realize it has been forEVER since we did a nail post. Sorry about that! Got all caught up in that hair game. Regardless, let’s get back to it because I’m excited to share this one. My obsession with geodes and stones runs really deep. Not sure if it’s the colors, the textures or the sparkle but I figure all of those things scream nail art. You guys may love or hate this look, but the other day I was sitting at my desk and started painting the picture at the very bottom of this post. As I was doing it, I wondered if I could get this look on a mani. Here was my attempt… (for specific colors used and their links, scroll to the bottom)

  1. Do a fresh coat of white polish on your nails. I guess you could do any color as a base but I chose white for a summery look.
  2. You’ll want to use a paintbrush that has some texture to it. I chose one that was a little stiff and somewhat sparse at the tip so I could get the jagged edges that I wanted.
  3. Use a metal tray (this one holds my water color palette) or even a disposable piece of plastic, or glass you can clean off. Make a tiny puddle of your dark purple.
  4. Dip the brush into the dark purple and create an uneven line of peaks and valleys across 2 or 3 of your finger nails.
  5. Next, dip your brush into a cap of nail polish remover to clean off the dark purle. Then take your lighter purple and follow the previous lines of the dark purple.
  6. Do the same using your dark teal.
  7. Repeat with using light blue. Don’t try to make your lines perfect. Blurred lines are good. In fact, I allow some of the polish remover to stay on the brush because I found that it helps blend the colors even more.
  8. Now take your rose gold color (or gold or silver if you prefer) and hold the brush straight up and down, dabbing the rose gold. This will create teeny tiny dots instead of lines and it will make a good base for your sparkle polish.
  9. Use the glitter polish of your choice over the top of the metallic, also dabbing with the brush straight up and down.
  10. This step is optional. The nail polish remover is now a murky tone with all the colors mixed together. I took my brush, put it in the muddy color and did a quick swipe over each geode section. It blended it even more.
  11. Wait until they’re dry and add your clear coat.

So many ways to get inspired! If you do this, we hope you’ll show us! Tag us @thebeautydept on the gram! xo

VALENTINE’S DAY: GOLD HEART NAILS

 

PHOTOGRAPHY, POST, GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

If you’re like us, then you know there are never enough ways to “put a heart on it” and obviously the month of February gets a little extra love. We’ve been playing with tons of different red and gold combos lately and we think we’ve found the perfect combo for a Valentine’s Day mani. Here we go…

(a collaboration with Treat Collection)

  1. We painted all nails with the perfect non-toxic super rich red — “Paris, Paris” by Treat Collection, (also available to our European readers here! Hooray!) You’ll want to wait a couple of hours in between painting your nails red & adding the gold leaf hearts so that the gold leaf sticks does not stick to the red polish. You’ll want it to stick to the clear polish in step 5.
  2. Once your color is completely dry, grab your book of gold leaf sheets and select a single sheet.
  3. Break the piece into smaller pieces, about the size of your finger.
  4. Get out a toothpick and dip it in your clear top coat. Here we used the clear top coat which is also from Treat Collection.
  5. Okay, remember our heart tutorial here? Use this method with the toothpick to make a clear heart on top of your nail. You can actually make any shape using this method (like lips or an “xo”), but we think a heart is easiest to start with. Make sure you’re in a well lit place so you can see the clear while you’re making your heart shape.
  6. Pick up a piece of gold leaf and lay it over the clear heart and tap it lightly a few times.
  7. Now wait for 10 minutes while the polish and gold leaf FULLY adhere together.
  8. Use an paint brush to dust off the excess gold leaf.
  9. Once you clear all the gold, the heart is what’s left! Use your “Paris, Paris” to perfect the edges of the gold heart if you feel like you need it.
  10. Add a clear coat to the top of each nail.

These nails are so gorgeous. The gold starts to chip away after a few days but we kind of love it because distressed gold leafing is still very pretty.

COPPER LEAF STARBURST MANI

PHOTOGRAPHY/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

What’s better than our gold leaf mani? A copper leaf mani! It actually looks like rose gold in person and gives off SO much shine. We had to find a way to incorporate it into nail art so this is what we dreamed up!

I’ve tried so many gold leafing brands and nothing is easier than this one from Blick art supplies. Try to get one that has a backing on it. If you’ve ever worked with gold or copper leafing, you know how much easier it is to work with one that you stick on then peel the backing off. Ok, here’s how it’s done… (**We should mention that we pre-gamed by painting the nails black and letting them dry for a while.)

  1. Cut a small square or rectangle from your gold leaf sheet. Fold the sheet in half to cut out a symmetric burst shape.
  2. I used nail scissors to cut the leafing because they’re tiny and help with accuracy.
  3. Once you have the shapes you want, paint a thin layer of clear coat on the nail you’re applying the leafing to.
  4. Once it’s about 50% dry, stick your star on. You can use tweezers for this or your fingers if you’re really careful.
  5. Let it dry a little more then peel the backing off to reveal a VERY shiny burst of copper.
  6. Do it on the next one. You can do this to as many nails as you want. Here I did two and changed the direction of the burst (which I recommend!)
  7. Once your starbursts are in place and the first coat of clear is dry, apply another layer of clear on top. I used this one from Walgreens which worked really well and didn’t mess with the leafing at all.

Show us your copper starbursts on Insta! @thebeautydept