Posts tagged: flowers

Floral Glitter

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Hey everyone! It’s been a couple of weeks since the last tutorial tuesday, and you’ve been missing it a tonne, I’m sure. This week’s tutorial is another one where you’ll have to head over to Divine Caroline to see the steps for this glitter floral design. If you would prefer to stick to the original colours of the dress in the article then go ahead, you definitely dont have to follow the same colour scheme I did.

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I don’t think I could pull off this look, but it is so sweet I couldn’t resist.

This style of nail art is called a “pond manicure!” It doesn’t so much reference an actual pond so much as it references the depth and the layers of the design. I followed a tutorial from Jacki at Adventures In Acetone, and she credits Olive View Fashion as the originator of this technique. It’s genius and gorgeous and best of all, EASY!

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I used China Glaze’s Liquid Leather and White on White for the base and flowers. I did use black acrylic paint for this because I didn’t want to smear the petals with my top coat. The acrylic also gives me more control of my brush strokes.

To create this look, I started with the base black polish then used the white to create random semi floral shaped blobs on my nails. Since I was going to be defining each petal with the black, I wasn’t too worried about how the white looked at this step. Then, using my La Cornielle 18/0 liner brush, I used the black acrylic paint to make a TON of almond shapes over the white.

Planner

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To get this look: I decided to stay true to the design of the planner and the colours used. Since the background is not black, but more of a slate grey. I started with a base of one coat of Cult Nails Fetish, and one coat of Essie Cashmere Bathrobe (I don’t own a dark slate grey, otherwise I would have used that).

The next step was to paint where my design would go, and block it out using Cult Nails Tempest (an opaque white). This would allow for the colours to show up more.

I then painted in the design with my colour: Nubar My New Obsession (blue), Sally Hansen Lightening (yellow), Nubar On The Radar (red), Models Own Soda Pop Pink, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Misa Lime Love, and for the brown/nude a mix of Models Own Nude Beige and Essie Cashmere Bathrobe.

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Graphite Flowers

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To get this look: Base: OPI My Vampire is Buff Background texture: Lightly sponge Cult Nails Nevermore, Sally Hansen White On, and KBShimmer How You Dune? Then lightly drag some My Vampire is Buff to diffuse the effect. Flowers: Cult Nails Nevermore and a fine detail brush Top coats: Rica Glossy Glam and Essie Matte About You

So cute

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I started with a base of OPI I Saw… You Saw… We Saw… Warsaw! (I still hate how long that name is, but I am in love with this creamy navy blue.) Then, with a dotting tool, I made flowers using China Glaze Tart-y for the Party and OPI Alpine Snow. This is such a simple look, but I love the pairing of dark blue and lavender – I will have to use that combination more often.

Purple Pond

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A pond manicure is basically a jelly sandwich, but with nail art between the layers instead of a glitter polish. For mine I used Deborah Lippmann’s Call Me Irresponsible, a purple jelly polish, and I did little white flowers with a needle-point dotting tool. It was a little tricky for me to find jelly polishes in my stash that were sort of clear jellies; I feel like a lot of mine are sheer but sort of creamy/cloudy (not like in a gross way, in an intentional way). Of course once I was all done with this I remembered that ALL of the Milani Neon polishes are super clear jelly polishes! Derp!

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Daisies

For these I started off with a base of MASH – Black, then I used acrylic paint for the white flowers and dots, and then I used Butter LONDON – Jasper for the yellow centres of the flowers, all topped off with a coat of Seche Vite. 

Grayscale Explosion

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I used Wet N Wild Wild Shine French White and Wet N Wild Wild Shine Black Creme for this manicure.  I started with a base of Black Creme and then mixed the black and white polishes to create three different shades of gray, creating “explosion bursts” with each one.  I finished off my concentric explosions with French White.  I sealed everything in with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.  I free handed this, but if you’re really ambitious and ultra-patient you could tape it.

Black and White

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This month’s theme is Black and White and was chosen by Missy.   Gggggrrrr black and white.  Where’s all the colour??  Initally I hated this theme, but actually, in the end, I like every mani I’ve done, partly because it’s put the focus on the art and the pattern, and not the colours.

Infinity

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I’ve used Morgan Taylor Berry Contrary, Barry M Blackberry, China Glaze Sweet Hook, OPI Alpine Snow, dotting tool make up sponge and nail art brushes.