International Nail Art Day!

Hey everyone! If you’ve been following the GIOGO girls (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t be – they’re awesome!) then you’ll know that today is International Nail Art Day! It’s obviously cause enough for some celebration here at ManyManis, but August 3rd also happens to be my dearest mother’s birthday!

I tried and tried to plan the perfect, super extravagant look to fit this wonderful day but couldn’t settle on one idea. Instead, I give you multiple manicures to celebrate!

 

Butterfly Stamping

 

First up: Butterfly and floral stamping using Julep’s Audrey and Lauren.

 

One stroke floral with gold

 

One stroke floral with gold

 

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And the next: another one-stroke flower attempt using OPI’s Goldeneye and Rumple’s Wiggin’, Zoya’s Snow White, and Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure’s Plum Luck.

 

gradient with dot outline

 

gradient with dot outline

 

And last (also my current mani!): a gradient with polka dot outlines using Julep’s Susie, and OPI’s Rumple’s Wiggin’.

 

That’s all for now, folks. How are you celebrating this beautiful day?

 

 

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Throwback Thursday – Toucan Nails

I guess that’s a good name for them? I was going for a geometric sort of thing, but my boyfriend said they reminded him of a toucan…

Anyway, here are my pretty summer-y I-don’t-know-what-to-call-them nails!

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Tutorial Tuesday – Leopard Print

Hello all! I’ve been looking through all the comments from the giveaway, and almost everyone has said that they’d love to see tutorials on the blog!

I can’t guarantee great quality with this one as it’s my first, but I figured I’d get started and give it a try. Bear with me as I figure out what works best, and feel free to leave comments and suggestions!

Without further ado, a tutorial for my absolute favorite print.

 

Tools used:

A England Lady of the Lake, A England Princess Tears, black striper, 2-in-1 base coat and top coat

You can use any colors you want, just have a light, medium, and dark. I used these pretty purples because they’re my favorites 🙂

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This is what the striper brush looks like. I just had this handy in case I didn’t like the effect of the dotting tool (which is coming up next!)

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Brush set from MASH

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The two tools I used, a dotting tool (a really tiny one!) and a small rounded brush

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Step 1

Start with a top coat to protect your nails from staining and help the manicure last longer.

Step 2

Paint your nails with the lightest color as a base. Try to reach full opacity.

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Step 3

Using the small rounded brush (or even your polish’s brush if you’re careful), make random sized blobs with the medium color. Try to make some almost crescent shaped, but it’s okay if it looks a little messy and not uniform.

 

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Step 4

Using your dotting tool, create an incomplete circle of dots with your darkest color around the blobs. Alternatively, if you don’t have a dotting tool, you can try to use a striper or a toothpick. I fid the striper is the hardest to work with, but can still create the same look.

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Step 5

Wait for the colors to dry a bit before adding topcoat, as you don’t want to smear the darkest color.

Then add top coat to even out the texture and make the mani shine!

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And the result!

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I hope this was helpful! Feel free to leave questions about this tutorial or suggestions for future ones in the comments!

~ Charlotte

Mani Monday – Lace Nails

I freely admit to the world that I am a huge Victorian/Regency Era fanatic, and I was in a Jane Austen sort of mood when I decided that I wanted to make lace nail art. So in honor of Mani Monday and my first blog post (and Jane Austen!), here is my first nail art to share with you all!

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The lace was all hand-drawn using Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. Although my inner artist is satisfied with how the lace came out, I’m not too sure if I will be doing this mani again any time soon simply because it was so time consuming.

I look forward to sharing more nail-art-fun with you all!

Products used:

Revlon Naughty

Sally Hansen Aisle Be There

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen White

Mani Monday – Fan Brush Nail Art

A few months ago, I saw this video by SimpleNailArtDesigns and since then I’ve been seeing pictures of her mani all over the place online! When I first saw her tutorial, I didn’t have any nail brushes and therefore couldn’t try her awesome look. But then my wonderful boyfriend got me the MASH brush set!

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Hope you’ve all had a happy start to the week!

Mani Monday – I’m Back!

For the first time in about two months, I’ve actually done something cool with my own nails. Since it’s been a while, I really couldn’t even decide what to do, so I did everything! These are probably the girliest nails I’ve ever done and I love them!

I started with a gradient then tried using Konad plate m75 with for my first real stamping experience! I then topped everything off with a sparkly topcoat 🙂

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Products used:

OPI Panda-monium Pink

OPI Dim Sum Plum

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Plum Luck

Zoya Sparkle Gloss

Konad Plate m75