Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vintage Flower Nails and My First Half Moon Manicure

I haven't blogged in a really long time. It feels good to do it again, actually. I hope I can fix this bad habit of never updating. I have pictures of two manicures I decided to try in these last few weeks that I wanted to share. First I tried vintage roses with nail brushes. Here's how it turned out!

I used China Glaze For Audrey as the base color and Orly Two Hour Lunch, Essie Lady Like, and OPI Don't Mess With OPI for the roses, and Seche Vite as my topcoat. I would have taken pictures for a tutorial but forgot. I really loved it! Definitely one I will do again.

Next is my first attempt at a half moon manicure and a tutorial to go with it. To start, clean and prep nails as usual, and apply a protective base coat and two coats of a base color. This is the color that will show through in the end. My base coat is from Nail Magic and my base color is Essie Lady Like.

You want to let your base color dry completely before moving onto the next step. This is very important! I gave mine an hour just to be safe. You will need these reinforcement stickers for the next step.

Cut the stickers in half so they lay on the nails better. Place a sticker at the base of each nail. The most important part here is that you keep the amount of nail covered by the sticker consistent. You want each half moon at the base of the nail to be the same size. Press down the edges really well.

Take a darker polish and paint over the stickers, covering the part of the nail that is showing. I used Essie Power Clutch. Let the second color dry completely, then pull the stickers off slowly and gently, pulling away from the base of the nail.

Apply a topcoat and you are finished!

I actually really loved the way this turned out. But it is not something I will do often because of the amount of time it takes. This simple looking manicure took me an hour and a half, and it ended up chipping two days later. It is unique and really pretty but a lot of work so I will probably not be doing it very much.

That is all for now. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.


On a side note, I just ordered a Konad nail art kit with five or six plates and I cannot wait to get it! :) I'll post about it soon!

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous color combo! I keep meaning to pick up the little stickers but I always forget! Now I definitely will!

    xx Meghan