Posts Tagged ‘nail art’

VELVET NAILS WITH FAUX STUDS

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

When it comes to beauty, we like to get experimental around here. Last week I was playing around with this new velvet nail polish I bought. I was going to make a gold metallic heart on top of the velvet, but quickly realized the gold metallic polish “beaded up” when I put a drop on top of the velvet. I’ve always wanted to do a studded nail tutorial but I feel like micro-beads are hard to work with. Picking them up and placing them just right can be pretty difficult. THIS quickly became my new favorite alternative. (Side note– I thought this whole velvet nail thing was going to feel really weird but it doesn’t! You get used to it so fast.)

The steps are simple…

  • One by one, give your nails texture with a velvet nail polish. If you can’t find velvet nail polish in your area, you can always find “flocking powder” on a crafting website or just google it. First you’ll paint on the base color (which should match your flocking powder) and then shake flocking powder on the wet polish. Let it sit for 10 min and then dust off using an old blush brush or eye shadow brush.
  • Next, using the mechanical pencil trick or a dotting tool, make metallic dots on top of the velvet polish. The dots will bead up and appear raised making them look a little more like studs than dots.

As you can see in the photos above, I practiced a pattern before I started applying my dots. You can do just one nail or you can do all 10. Good luck!

CONFETTI NAILS

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess post sponsored by Beauty.com

There are so many reasons to celebrate — your birthday, friends’ birthdays, holidays and every day in between. Today we’re partnering up with Beauty.com to celebrate their Friends & Family Event (which is happening now!) and to show you a crafty way to add this pretty party to your nails. My favorite part about this manicure is that you’re just punching out tissue paper circles and applying them to the nail. No major skills required, unlike most nail art! Here we go:

  1. Punch out tissue paper circles. Put about 5-7 pieces on top of each other to get a good solid punch.
  2. Paint the base of the nails with any color you want. We used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Cruising because clearly metallic gold says party.
  3. Use a pen to pick up the pieces of confetti and lay them down on the wet nail polish. Make a couple pieces overlap and/or cut some of the pieces down so you can lay them against the cuticle as seen in the final photo.
  4. Let some of the confetti pieces hang over the edge and trim them down when you’re done laying them all down.
  5. Once all of the pieces are where you want them, go over the whole nail with a good top coat!

The Beauty.com Friends & Family Event is a twice-yearly event that gives you the rare opportunity to enjoy 20% off your favorite brands, like Urban Decay, Philosophy, Deborah Lippmann & many more. It ends on Friday 11/9 at 11:59pm PST!

GIFT OF THE WEEK

post: Kristin Ess

With the holidays creeping hard, this is a great time to start talking gifts. Now through the end of the holidays we’ll be posting one gift a week. We’re on the hunt for new, unique beauty gift ideas and I’m going to kick it off with this one. As soon as I saw THIS CIATÉ NAIL POLISH CALENDAR, I couldn’t wait to share it. This may be one of the cutest girl-gifts out there.

This set comes with:

  • 17 of Ciaté’s most popular paint pot colors
  • 4 Caviar blends
  • 3 exclusive glitter shades (that will never be seen outside of this box)

Soooo obsessed with thinking about all the nail art that could happen with this set. I can’t imagine how fast these are going to fly off the shelves!

NAILED IT!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Have no fear, the dreamcatcher mani is here! We obviously have a love affair with nail art at TBD, and now we’re adding little more dimension. For this look, I grabbed a couple things from a craft box– some lace, grey string and white string. Let’s get to it! (more…)