I decided to spice up my nails with something different than the usual solid colours that I wear. Was browsing around YouTube for ideas and found two nail art design that seemed easy enough for me to duplicate! This is my first time fussing with nails though, so the outcome isn't the most perfect.
1) Newpaper nails
Tutorial by Cutepolish
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Unlike the video, I used a white polish by LA Girls and a Victoria Secret's body spray to transfer the ink. I sprayed on the newspaper then place it on top of my nails, rather than dipping my entire nail.
The easy: Transfering the ink is quite effortless. You just need some form of alcohol (not neccessarily rubbing alcohol as mentioned in the video). I used three sources, and the Eau De Toilette spray actually works best. This artsy design is also more forgiving towards accidental effects, so it doesn't need to be perfect. If it turns out uneven, a topcoat will solve the headache. Tip: Work with an alcohol source that is more liquid, than gaseous mist.
The hard: You need to ensure that the base colour dries completely (preferably one whole day), if not the alcohol will smudge and ruin your polish. Give time for the newspaper ink to dry on your nails, before applying topcoat. If not the topcoat will drag the ink causing it to smudge.
Just thought I should explain a bit cos the tutorial makes it seem easier than it actually is! I had to do a bit of trial-and-error. But it's so fun to do!
2) Floral Summer Nails
Base colour: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sugar Babe Flower design: LA Girls Disco in White (same as newspaper nail art) Topcoat: The Face Shop Nail Supplement.
And a clean toothpick!
Tutorial by Fashionbeautybug
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This is sooo easy to do, yet it adds something extra to your nails! Totally effortless :)
Let me know what you think!