Posts Tagged ‘nail tutorial’

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.

NEW YEARS NAILS

Last week I put a picture (above) of my sparkly holiday nails on my instagram page. These nails are SO simple and so much fun. Since New Years Eve is quickly approaching I thought this would be a fun tutorial to do because you can do these nails in any color combo. I’ve tried black + gold, white + silver, turquoise + rose gold. The key is to get a really dense glitter polish. My favorite so far are these because they have great colors and they’re super-packed with glitter. Okay, here goes:

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

  1. Start with any polish color you want. We used black so you could really see how it’s done. Let it dry really well. You can even put a thin topcoat over it if you want so it doesn’t smudge when you add the glitter.
  2. Using your dense glitter polish and a super-thin art brush, lay down a line of glitter polish at the tip of the nail. (Or you can do the moons if you’d rather.)
  3. Using the thinnest art brush you can find, drag the glitter polish out carefully. You don’t need to drag too much of the glitter because you want it to fade to almost nothing. Only go about half the length of the nail.
  4. After you’ve dragged it out, go back in and lay down one more line of glitter polish at the tip to make it look more dense.

Add your topcoat right away. It helps the glitter lay flatter and settle better in my opinion. Get creative with color combos. I wonder if this would look good coming out from the sides if you have longer nails…? Don’t forget to tweet (@tbdofficial) or instagram (@thebeautydept) us a photo if you try it out! Good luck and happy holidays, friends! xo