Pictorial: Black and Bright – Geometric Nails

Hey Beauties!

Here is a simple pictorial (picture tutorial) for a manicure that I wore last summer.  I wanted something a little bit funky that incorporated a bunch of colours, as well as black polish for an edge.  Here is what I came up with!

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Please excuse that there is tip wear and an Instagram filter on this photo…  This was before I really figured out what I was doing with taking photos for my blog, and apparently this is the only photo I have after I cleaned up my nails!  But you get the idea…  (This was actually my first ever Instagram photo!)

Here’s what you need!

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Scissors, 5 bright polish colours, opaque black polish, scotch tape, top/base coat

First Step: Paint each nail a different, bright colour and let it dry completely.

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From L –> R (Pinkie –> Thumb): OPI “Kiss Me On My Tulips”, Essie “Mint Mojito”, Essie “First Dance”, Butter London “Blagger”, OPI “Red Lights Ahead, Where?”

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Next: Cut up straight strips of scotch tape to the desired thickness that you want the stripes of colour to show through (or use striping tape).  For the pattern that I created you will need 4 strips for each nail, so 40 in total.  Arrange the strips in the desired pattern, either on all nails of one hand, or work one nail at a time.  Paint over with a thick coat of black polish.  This needs to be opaque in one coat!

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Quickly peel off the tape strips before the polish dries to get nice, crisp lines.  This will show off the bright colours underneath!

Here is the finished look before I cleaned up around the edges (I’m normally messy, but this is to the extreme!):

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You can see that I didn’t get all of the strips the same size, if you want these to be perfect I recommend using striping tape.  I really like how it turned out, and I got lots of compliments on them!

What do you think?

If you recreate this look please tweet me photos @wstcoastbeauty !

xoxo

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NOTD: Blue Ombre

Hey Beauties,

Here is my next NOTD: Blue Ombre.  I’ve never tried out any type of ombre, whether it’s within the nail or across all of the nails, but it’s fun!  If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the photo of my nail wheel where I was experimenting with my colours to try and find out what would work.  I tried using the white or black polish underneath the colour and only using one polish, but I didn’t get very good results.  The black worked really well to darken the polish, but I really didn’t notice a difference with the white (now this may have been because I was trying on a nail wheel where the “nails” are already kind of white…).  I decided to go with the blues because I actually had 5 different polishes that I thought worked well together.

Here is the result!

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From Thumb –> Pinkie:  OPI: Yoga-ta Get This Blue!, Essie: Aruba Blue, Butter London: Blagger, Pop Peauty: Brave, Essie: Mint Candy Apple.

Here are the polishes:

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OPI: Yoga-ta Get This Blue!

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Essie: Aruba Blue

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Butter London: Blagger

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Pop Beauty: Brave

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Essie: Mint Candy Apple

Incase you didn’t see it on Instagram (go follow me so that you don’t miss anything!!) here is the nail wheel that I was playing with.  I tried out blue, green and purple.  I was feeling the cool colours I guess.  I don’t have enough pinks to do this with! =(

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Have you ever tried the ombre trend on your nails?  Be sure to tweet me your photos with the hashtag #wstcoastbeauty so I can see them!

xoxo

NOTD: Chevron Blues

Hey Beauties!

I promise I will get back into the swing of this…  But for now, here is another NOTD!

I call this one “Chevron Blues”.  It is Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple” (which I always thought would be a minty green?), and Essie’s “Bobbing for Baubles”.

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Essie: Mint Candy Apple

Here is the photo of “Mint Candy Apple” from the Essie website, it looks green!  This is the main colour that I used for my manicure.

It takes 3 coats to be opaque, and dries very quickly, so sometimes it can get streaky or goopy while applying to the nail.

Make sure it is completely dry between coats, or you might grab and drag the polish underneath!

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Essie: Bobbing for Bauble

“Bobbing for Baubles” is a beautiful stormy grey-blue colour.  It is one I never really looked twice at before, but after one use I’m in love!  It goes on so smoothly, and it nearly opaque in one coat.  It is dark on the nail, but it is still really obvious that it’s not black.  I really don’t have another colour like this.

And here is the result!

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Chevron Blues

Again, Mint Candy Apple is the main colour (it looks Robin’s Egg blue, right!?), and Bobbing for Baubles is the base colour on my accent nail.  I used striping tape to shape out a chevron and painted inside the lines with Mint Candy Apple.  This was my first attempt at anything like this, it’s fairly simple, but I made sure to make it a challenge ;).  I first tried to use a small nail art brush, but I found it was too stiff to use and just left a streaky mess.  So I let that dry and then went in with the regular brush and it turned out not too badly.  I removed the tape right after the second coat to get a nice crisp line.  I think this would work better with a better formula.

I am pretty happy with how this turned out, especially for my first try!  I love the colour combo =).  I thought about doing a second chevron at the tip of my nail and having sort of an angled french tip look, but decided against it.  Maybe next time?

What other colour combinations do you guys think this would look good in?  Are you loving the chevron trend too?

Be sure to tweet me pictures of your manicures! @wstcoastbeauty

xoxo