Category: Manicure monday

Guest BloggerManicure Monday: Tribal Nails with Katy of Nailed It

Tribal print is traditionally dyed with the most beautiful and rich dyes derived from natural, juicy fruits. While this LuLu*s inspired look may not have the most natural colors in it, it’s certainly keeping with the bright colors I’ve grown to associate tribal prints with!

This manicure was inspired by this bright Billabong Tribal Print Purse! I chose a more coral/hot pink for my mani, but the yellow, teal and indigo stitching was pulled almost directly from the look of the bag.

 

While this tribal nail tutorial may be a bit more advanced and requires more patience, tools, and clean-up, the end result is so striking that everyone needs to give it a try!

More tutorials and nail art are available on my blog, Nailed It. You can also follow my posts on Twitter and Facebook!

xoxo, Katy @ Nailed It

 

Guest BloggerManicure Monday: Bow Nails with Katy of Nailed It

My feminine bow tutorial was inspired by the colors of spring and the fashionable outfits on Lulus.com! One of my favorite dresses is the Because You Bow Better Ivory Dress. The open back is transformed from dangerously sexy to ultra-cute with a simple bow accent.

I used some soft pastels for my nails’ bows, but you can make this mani sexy with red, or sultry with navy. Experiment with different color combinations to find the right fit for you!

More tutorials and nail art are available on my blog, Nailed It. You can also follow my posts on Twitter and Facebook!
xoxo, Katy @ Nailed It

 

Guest BloggerManicure Monday: Mermaid Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,

We’ve noticed plenty of scalloped hems popping up on the LuLu*s shop with the spring collection slowly releasing, so we were inspired to do something with a scalloped inspiration. We decided to take a bit of a cue from one of our favorite mythical creatures and do a dreamy mermaid look! So check out our full tutorial and make this scaly look a part of your world.

Here’s the look we’re going for:


What you’ll need:
- a minty green nail polish
- a darker teal nail polish
- a makeup sponge
- a black striper brush nail polish
- fast dry top coat


Start with a few coats of your base color. Make sure each coat is dry before applying the next and let these dry completely.


Now take your makeup sponge and apply a dab of the darker nail polish directly onto a corner of the sponge. I use the same sponge for multiple manicures, so usually I rip of the end where old nail polish has dried onto the sponge. Then just take the sponge and dab the polish onto the tip of your nail. This might take a few coats to achieve a darker look, but be patient and let each coat dry in between, or your sponge will end up lifting away your polish instead of putting it on!


Continue dabbing at the tip of each nail until you have a subtle ombre effect on every finger.


Then take your black nail polish and use a striper brush to draw a scalloped design.


Draw single rows of scalloped lines on top of each other until you reach the tip of your nail. Do the same to all of your nails and then simply top coat and you’re done!


This “under the sea” look is an amazing bold look that will surely get you in the mood for warmer weather!

Guest BloggerManicure Monday: Floral Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,
Winter is hardly half way through, but with the appearance of beautiful spring clothing in stores and on the LuLu*s site, we’re ready for warmer seasons to come. The pretty mints and floral prints had us excited so we decided to do a floral manicure this week. A reader of ours taught us the simple steps to making easy rose-like flowers, so follow along below!

Here’s the look we’re going for:


What you’ll need:
- mint nail polish
- hot pink nail polish
- white nail polish
- green nail polish
- fast dry top coat
- a toothpick


Start with a few coats of your base color. Allow the coats to dry completely before continuing.


Now take your pink nail polish and dab a small dot on your nail. Then grab the white polish and dab a small dot directly next to the pink one.


Then take your toothpick (quickly before the polishes dry) and “stir” the dots together to make a swirled together spot of polish.


The take the other end of your toothpick and pick up some green polish. Dab the toothpick sideways to create a small leaf shape on the sides of your flower. Repeat the above steps multiple times on each nail to make a repeated flower pattern.


and then top coat and you’re done– your nails will be ready or the spring in no time!

Guest BloggerManicure Monday: Quilted Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,
This week we’ll be showing you another tutorial with a simple dotting technique. We’ve been noticing a lot of quilted style fabrics in fashion lately. The classic Chanel quilted leather purse is iconic as ever and we’ve been seeing plenty of jackets, skirts and shorts in a similar luxurious style! We’ve tried to capture the textured look in this week’s manicure with a simple black and white palette.

Here’s the look we’re going for:


What you’ll need:
- black nail polish
- white nail polish
- fast dry top coat
- a dull pencil
- a toothpick


Start with a few coats of your base color. Allow the coats to dry completely before continuing.


Then take your white nail polish (any contrasting color will work!) and put a few drops onto a scrap piece of paper or on some foil.


Then use your “dotting tool” and dip it into the paint.


Simply touch the tip of the pencil to your nail and you’ll have a perfect dot! Continue in an alternating pattern with the dots evenly spaced out.


Then take your toothpick and dip into the paint.


The smaller tip will make tiny dots, so use this tool to “connect the dots”. Just adjoin the larger dots with a dotted line. Form little diamond shapes to get a quilted look!


Do the same to each of your nails.


and then top coat and you’re done– your nails will look luxe and textured like a certain expensive designer bag ;)