Tutorial Tuesday – Putting Pictures on Nails

Last week I tried out putting Justin Bieber’s face on my sister’s nails. This time, I’ll show you how I did it! Putting a picture on your nail is actually very easy, much easier than I thought it would be. All you need is a picture (duh!), scissors, your polish of choice and a top coat.

Step 1

Gather your tools! I used Essie’s In the Cab-ana as my base color. It was a gift along with Smokin’ Hot, so expect to see real swatches of both colors soon 🙂 I also had my Essie All In One on hand.

I also grabbed an old Seventeen Magazine to find the picture I wanted on my nails. With the Justin Bieber nail art, we just printed out pictures using a color printer (more on that later), but magazine pictures work just as well!

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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

Leopard Print Manicure

Hello all!

So, I just realized that I’m way behind on posting my recent manicures. When it comes time to transfer pictures to my computer I just get so lazy ):

Anyway, as Wednesday is Independence Day, I will be holding off on posting some of my recent manis until after. But for today I have what may be my new favorite look!

I have been obsessed with all things leopard print since kindergarten. I distinctly remember another girl in my kindergarten class telling me she liked my “cheetah” print shirt and I responded with “IT’S LEOPARD PRINT.” So, yeah. This is definitely a look I should have tried at the very beginning of my adventures into Nail Art Land, but I just never got around to it until now.

Without further ado, I present to you my leopard print nails:

(These first few were taken under florescent lighting.)

And because I couldn’t get enough of this manicure, I had to take more pictures under natural lighting too (:

The first thing everyone asked my after seeing these nails was “who did this?!” closely followed by “how did you do this?”

So, in case you haven’t seen any of the wonderful tutorials out there on the interwebs yet, here’s how I did it:

I painted two coats of China Glaze’s Fast Track over my base coat. Then, using OPI’s Warm and Fozzi, I added little dabs to form the spots. The hardest part for me was outlining the spots with a black nail art brush. I really need to investigate more helpful brushes, the one I use is way to long for me to handle comfortably. But, I managed just fine I think!

My entire ballroom studio was in love with this look (partially because it matched the carpet…) and I have a feeling I’ll be trying a purple version of this very soon!

Enjoy and I hope you’ll check back on Wednesday for my first ever 4th of July nail art!