Have you ever twerked?

I was doing the normal morning routine –like forcing myself to get out of bed — when my sister sent me a text with the nails she planned on getting. I loved the design she sent me and noticed that she found the picture of the nails on Instagram. The user name was @we_twerk_them_nails. My nails were not looking to hot, so I wanted to grab some ideas. That is when I saw what I wanted to do to my nails! The colors just look outstanding together. I had to give it a try.IMG_8846

To start this look off, I grabbed four colors that would look similar to the ones in the picture. I used L’Oreal Tangerine Crush, Opi’s Suzi Says Feng Shui, Pro Gel’s Electric Pink and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. Let us not forget about the black stripe rite brush! You can use whatever colors you would like, these are just the ones I owned that would work together.

Let’s start with the base colors. On the thumb and pinky fingers paint Electric Pink. Continue onto the middle finger with Tangerine Crush. After, draw two parallel black lines using the black stripe rite brush on the index and ring fingers. You should get a little something like this. IMG_8849

Don’t worry about the black lines being perfect because, you will paint over them.

Add another coat of polish to the thumb, middle and pinky fingers.

Now, onto the ring and index fingers. For this design I would suggest doing them one at a time. Taking the black stripe rite brush draw two diagonal lines, which will makes the design look like four to five small triangles. There is an example pictured below.

IMG_8851 Next add Suzi Says Feng Shui to the top and bottom of the nail. Then, add Electric Pink and Mint Candy Apple. Like I said don’t worry about the black lines. Once that all dries, add another coat to both blues and the pink. Let all that dry.IMG_8852

Take the stripe rite brush and go back over the lines that were previously made. I would take this part very slow and steady to prevent any messy lines.

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Finally, I used gold and pink Caviar beads to complete the look. To add the beads I just used a dotting tool that had been dipped in a top coat polish. This helps the beads stick to the nail.

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So far your nails should look a something like this!

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Time to move on to the Electric Pink nails. Using a dotting tool place a dot of Suzi Says Feng Shui near the nail bed to complete the look for the thumb and pinky fingers.

For the middle finger use a dotting tool and alternate Suzi Says Feng Shui and Electric pick creating a cross shape. After those dry, using the same process as the ring and index fingers, take a dotting tool and place gold caviar beds which will outline the cross shape that you just made with the alternating dots. Finish with a top coat and that’s all there is to it! IMG_8857

Happy Painting! 🙂

A nail design that gives braiding a twist.

The other day I was looking up nail designs that I could try.  My nails needed some help because they were looking –what we call– “rachet.”

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I watched a youtube video called Braided Nail Art and thought it was a brilliant design! Of course I had to try it.

You can definitely say my nail design didn’t turn out as good as the nails in the video did, but I still love the way mine turned out.

The colors I used were Yodel Me On My Cell by OPI, Spark De Triomphe also by OPI and Tangerine Crush by L’Oreal Paris.

I used the same color scheme that I used for my tribal nails in my last post Let’s talk about tribal. For some reason I subconsciously love to use pink, blue and sparkles together.

photo-6Anyways to get the look pictured left, I started with a base coat. Then I painted my entire nail with two coats of Spark De Triomphe.

The video explains that it is best to make a line while rolling over your finger. During this step it is really important to take your time and not rush the strokes.

Start with Tangerine Crush then cross over with Yodel Me on My Cell and finally cross over with Spark De Triomphe. Repeat this process until you reach the tip of the nail. Finish with a top coat.

Side note: The main reason I started with Tangerine Crush is that I found it easier to go over Yodel Me on My Cell. Plus it uses less paint. If you are a nail freak like me you know how we feel about wasting paint–and cotton balls.IMG_6572

The video tutorial makes this design look super easy to do, but to be honest I struggled. It was my first time doing this look and I didn’t take my time. Be sure to be patient and take your time while painting. Also let the polish dry after doing a color, so the polish doesn’t get really thick and look caked on.

Hopefully if you try this design it turns out better than mine. Happy painting! 🙂

What’s your favorite nail design to do?

Let’s talk about tribal.

IMG_1398Last summer the look that took over almost every teenage girl nails was tribal. This trend was all everyone was talking about -at least at my school. For people who didn’t know what polishes or tools to use to get this look, it wasn’t easy. In all actuality getting that tribal look you always wanted is not as difficult as it seems. If you have the right tools and patience you can complete a successful tribal look.

All you need to complete a great tribal look is one of the following: a Sally Hansen nail art pen, a stripe rite nail polish or if you feel like you can handle it, a regular striping brush that you dip into nail polish. All of these tools can be found at a local Sally beauty store or online at sallybeauty.com.

To complete the look pictured left, I painted two coats of  Minted by Revlon, then I used the white Stripe Rite nail polish to section off the nails. After that I painted some sections Radiant by Revlon, some sections Tangerine Crush by L’Oreal Paris and some sectioins Charming by Revlon. I also made sure to not paint over the minted color.

After applying the polish in the sections I wanted them, I went back over the white lines with the Stripe Rite polish.

When the polish dries you can add little details like the line in the Tangerine Crush on the index finger and the lines on the Minted color on the thumb and ring finger. This tribal look has a lot of lighter polish, so it’s always a good idea to add black in the design for contrast. In this case I added black to the middle finger helping to highlight the Radiant color.

Below I posted another example of this color combo, but this design still has a completely different look.IMG_1253

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There are also different styles of tribal. You don’t always have to use a lot of colors. Like the picture right, you can use two or three colors which still makes a statement. On these nails I used a dotting tool for the white dots and a striping brush for the gold lines.

The biggest thing to be successful while doing a tribal design, as well as painting nails in general, is to have a steady hand and work patient and slow.

IMG_1161There are so many different ways to do tribal, so really try to be creative. Unless you missed the kindergarten lesson on drawing straight lines, you cannot mess up this simple design. You can never go wrong with this design (unless you have no idea how to draw a straight line). Try different colors, different shapes and remember to tell yourself that practice makes perfect! The nails pictured left were the first tribal nails I ever did. They have come a long way since then, thank goodness. So try this look out and practice on a friend.

Happy painting 🙂