Sunday, 4 November 2012

Fall has fallen with a thud!

It has been simply ages since I last posted a design. I missed Halloween, (but I did rock a Frankenstein and Dracula design that I will save until next year now) but I will try to keep updating more often. I've already started on my Christmas designs so watch this space!
 
With out further ado...
An Autumn/Fall design.







Off we go...

I started off by painting my nails a bright, block orange. I made sure I used a really good base coat for this because the orange could really stain my nails.



The next bit is the slightly tricky part. I used a black striper to paint some outlines of leaves on my nails. They don't have to be absolutely perfect because you are going to paint over them and retouch them later on.






I painted mainly on the sides of the nails, using half a leaf rather than trying to fit in whole ones.






Next I chose some autumnal colours; red, yellow, coppers, green and browns and I carefully filled in the shapes. I did this free hand with the end of the brush but if you are a little shaky, you could use  dotting tool to gently fill them in.


Once they were dried I took a white striper and added some lines to highlight. I then touched up those rough edges with my black striper and added in some veins etc...  
 
Finally to finish off I added a matte topcoat and some orange, green and red gems.
 
Happy painting...
Love Mily x
 

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Copy from the blackboard


Copying from the Blackboard
I realise that blackboards are a thing of the past but here is my last Back to School, blackboard inspired design. 


This is a really simple design that just needs a few ingredients. You will need a good base coat (black stains!), a black polish, a white striper and a matte top coat. 



First of all paint your nails a solid black. I used a Barry M polish for this design.










Once it is dry, use your white striper to create some school like designs. I used E=MC2, Pi, triangles, ticks, H20 etc...

Once you have patiently done this and patiently waited for it to dry, (you don't want the colours to run into each other when you put the top coat on) paint over your design with a matte top coat. Mine is from GOSH which is available at Superdrugs. 


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Straight as a Rule!


Pencil case? - Check
Eraser? - Check
Ruler? - Definitely!

A really simple and very easy back to school design. 

The first step is to paint your nails a nice bright yellow. 
(for a more subtle design you could simply paint onto your natural nail colour - after you have used a good base coat of course!)

 Once the yellow has dried take your striper and start creating the measurements on your fingers. 


Place a larger black stripe in the center of your nail. About 3/4 of the way down.
Then create a series of smaller lines either side. Depending on the size of your nail I would suggest three or four. 

When you are ready and with a steady hand, use your striper to number your fingers from left to right (little finger = 1, thumb = 5)

And finally seal with a good top coat. 


ABC easy as 123


ABC easy as 123!

This design is really more for those of you that are comfortable with a striper and have a steady hand! If that is you then this is a really fantastic design. I had lots of comments about this one while I was out and about!
  A really good Back to School design!

Start off by painting your nails white. Remember to use a base coat to protect your nails and take your time because white can be tricky!

Once you have done that pick three bright colours, I have used primary red and yellow and a nice light green, and create three very rough stripes over your nail. They don't have to go all the way across. 









The next bit is the tricky bit and I can't give you any other tips other than take it slow and lean your hand against something to keep it steady. 
Very carefully use your black striper to start writing out the alphabet on to the coloured stripes. I put two or three letters on each stripe depending on the size of the nail and the depth of the stripe. 

So there you have it. An ABC back to school design.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Keeping the spirit alive...

The Olympics aren't over!
Let's keep the spirit alive and support our talented athletes at the Paralympics! 

Here is my final Team GB design. Saved for the final, and what seems to be a most exciting, end to this summer's sporting season!

GO TEAM GB!


This design is a little fiddly but not hard to do. 

Start by selecting varnishes that compliment each other. Lights and darks.


Paint your nails with the dark colours. Wait for them to completely dry before you take the next step. 

Using the white create a cross in the middle of your nail. It doesn't have to be perfect because you are going to paint over it and touch up later.


When this is dry use a dotting tool or stripper if you have the right colours, to draw a smaller cross in the middle of the white. 


Use a white stripper to touch up the edges. 

And there you have it. The third and last of the Olympic/Paralympic designs. 

Love Mily x

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Dots and more dots...


Another very simple dot design...

All this design takes is the patience to watch the paint dry and a dotting tool. 
(remember if you don't have a dotting tool they are really easy to make! Have a quick look at my earlier posts to see how!)

First of all paint your nail with a good base coat! Black stains and you don't want your natural nail stained. Then give your nails a coat of black polish. 
Once this is try place a white dot in the center; like below. 


The next step is to start creating smaller, white dots in a circle around the middle dot. We are using a white so that when we use colour it will stand out against the black!

Again, wait to dry!

When the white dots are dry, you can start filling them in by placing a coloured dot on top. Use all your favourite colours. 


When it is finished it should look like this....
Add a coloured gem to the middle dot and seal with a good top coat. 


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Another Olympic Manicure

And now for something a little different....
An alternative Olympic Manicure.



A very simple Olympic ring inspired design. 

Step 1:
Paint your nails with a good quality base coat and when that is dry take a reinforcing disc and place it over a section of your nails so that you create a curve. 


Step 2: 
Take your first Olympic ring colour and paint over the reinforcing disc. Slowly peel the disc off and touch up and problem areas. 

Step 3:
Repeat with the 5 different colours and the seal with a shiny top coat. 



And there you have an alternative Olympic ring manicure. 

Love Mily x


Monday, 23 July 2012

Olympic Manicure.

I got so carried away with the design that I forgot to take pictures of the process I am afraid but here is a few pictures of my Olympic Manicure.



Olympic rings and GB bunting design. 

To create the rings I used a dotting tool to put the colours in and then put dots of white in the centre. Very simple to create but it looks effective. 

Love Mily x

Go Team Great Britain! Go Team GB!


Support Team GB with some GB nails.

Here are a few GB nail ideas for you to try out. The great thing about doing your own manicures is that you can use what ever colours you like. And what better than Red, White and Blue. 
This is not a detailed tutorial just a close up of some different patterns that you can try too.


 Try glamming up a union jack by using lighter colours and gems. I coated the white stripes in glitter too just for that extra bling bling.


 Bunting seems to be this years favourite so add your colours to some GB bunting. Because it is small I used dots and stripes but you could also try block colours or make your bunting bigger by having only one row.


I am not a massive stamper but I found a cool crown and seeing as we are a monarchy, I thought why not! So I went for a holographic back ground and then stamped a black crown on top. 


Again just a simple design using red, white and blue. You could add some gems in place of the dots or as the picture below you could completely cover your nails with gems. 


Have some fun and create some cool designs! 

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Purple Paisley

Purple Paisley

A slightly fiddly design but really pretty when it's finished!


Start with a rich purple and paint your nails in the normal way. Don't forget to use a base coat to protect your natural nail.

I've used S&C's Deep Purple.










Once this has dried use a lighter purple to create tear drop shape. I used a dotting tool to create the shape by hand but if you are unsteady try using the plastic drying technique I've shown in a previous blog.

Once this has dried use your dotting tool to line the tear drop in small white dots. I also added some blue flowers to the design to fill in the gaps around the tear drop. 

I then added three green dots into the middle of the tear drops and a dark blue dot to the middle of the flowers. After that I added light green, smaller dots on top of the big green dots for some depth. 
And there you have it... A purple paisley design.