Elegant Nails

13 May

I want to take a moment to say Happy Mother’s Day! My mom is currently away on a trip, so I will post my msg to her here.
Mom, thank your for all your love and support. I know you had to endure a lot especially while us kids were growing up. I don’t say this enough, I love you and thank you.

Now on to nails, I love an elegant looking nail. It’s more enjoyable to wear than themed nails (such as pac-man or flag nails), but they are less appreciated or noticed by others.

 

A classic is the french manicure. I dressed it up with a few black flowers. I love simple black and white, very clean that goes with any outfit

Polishes used: Base Coat (OPI), Blanc (Essie), Black (Kiss Nail Art Paint), White (Kiss Nail Art Paint), Top Coat (OPI)

1) base coat
2) paint Blanc on your tips, 2 coats (I free handed this, but you can you can use a piece of tape to get a straighter line)
-you can use tape to line the tips
3) paint the flowers on (start with the black petals, doesn’t have to be perfect, when because you get the look of individual flowers when you put the white for the center)
-for this step you can use and black and white nail polish, just needs a thin brush to apply
4) top coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another French tipped nail, but here I have changed the colour to be darker with a nice sparkle. I think it makes the look more sophisticated and really stands out.

Polishes used: Base Coat (OPI), Gunmetal (Xtreme Wear), Nickle (Nicole OPI), Top Coat (OPI)

Steps are similar (basic french manicure) to the design I have listed for the design
1) base coat
2) paint Gunmetal on your tips (I free handed this, but you can you can use a piece of tape to get a straighter line)
3) put the Nickle ontop of the Gunmetal (if you had it taped, keep it on til you finish this step)
4) top coat

 

 

A fast and easy way to dress up a polish colour you enjoy wearing, add flowers, if your into that.

1) I mixed a white polish with a shimmery tan colour I have. This will be the base. Paint your entire nails with 2 coats
2) draw your flower design, here I kept it simple by only using red and gold
3) add the center dots, I just used white and blue to contrast with the petal outline

You can use any colours you like, purple and gold would be pretty too. I am a big fan of the gold because it gives more of a subtle look (especially since it is close to the shimmery tan colour). Gold/silver on black would be nice to try too.

 

 

Polishes used: Slick Slate (Insta-Dri), Flirt (Xtreme Wear), Blue-Away (Insta-Dri)

1) paint the entire nail Slick Slate
2) sweep the Flirt polish from one corner arching to the other (easiest to your a regular nail brush rather than the squared brush you find on Insta-Dri)
-could try using a circular piece of sticker, perhaps one like those reinforcers for paper holes.
3) add Blue-Away dots then flower design with a thin brush

 

 

This is my favourite design and colour combination so far. Very simple because you are using a sparkled nail polish, lines do not have to be as perfect.

Polishes used: Flirt (Xtreme Wear), Strobe light (Xtreme Wear), Gold paint (asian brand)

1) paint entire nail Flirt
2) paint top portion of the nail Strobe light, instead of painting it straight across (horizontally) I did a slight slant to it
3) sweep the Gold polish with a thin brush to give a whimsical affect and a bit of extra colour

 

This next one is the exact same design, but just using different colours.

Polishes used: Base Coat (OPI), Licorice (Essie), Nickel (Nicole OPI), Virtual Violet (Xtreme Wear), Top Coat (OPI)

Which of these designs is your favourite?

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One Response to “Elegant Nails”

  1. nellapolish May 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    i love the last one 😀

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