Category: Nail art

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 Lulus 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 😉

Guest BloggerManicure Monday: Plaid Nails with Syl and Sam

Happy Monday Ladies!

We’re back with another nail stamping tutorial. These manicures require a couple of extra tools (a nail stamping kit), but it’s a worthy investment if you’re a big nail art enthusiast! We decided to go with a festive red and white plaid to match your Christmas morning pajamas or that sparkling holiday dress.

Here’s the look we’re going for today:

What you’ll need:
– A base color (we used red!)
– Konad Special Nail Polish (white)
– A top coat
– Konad Image Plate, Stamp and Scraper
– Nail Polish Remover & Makeup Remover Pads (not shown)

Start with a few coats of your base color & allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next steps.

Now gather your Konad Stamping items together. These special tools can be purchased online & getting a starter kit costs under $25. The metal image plates are available with hundreds of different designs on them. You also need a “stamper” and a “scraper” and their special nail polish… the first step is to grab your special polish & apply it over the entire etched design that you want to apply to your nail.

Then take your scraper and using one swift movement, scrape off all the excess nail polish off of the design. It helps to have a piece of scrap paper sitting under your plate so that you don’t end up scraping the nail polish onto your table.

Moving VERY quickly, take your stamper tool and pick up the design from the plate. It’s important to move quickly or the thin coat of polish will dry onto the plate. Usually, the thinner the image (these stripes are tiny!) the more quickly the paint will dry up!

Now that you’ve transferred a detailed design onto your stamper, you can carefully stamp it onto your nail in a rolling motion.

Once you have done one nail, grab the nail polish remover pads and clean up the excess polish from your plate and stamp. You can repeat the step for each nail and then clean the excess off your cuticles with a cotton swab.

After finishing all nails, top coat them to seal in the design & be sure to take quick swipes so that you don’t smear the design. And there you go! The stripes on mine came out slightly wavy because of some unsteady hands, but practice makes perfect & sometimes you just have to embrace those little mistakes on a DIY manicure.

BeautyManicure Monday: Glitter Ombre Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,

As the holidays approach, we get more and more excited to rock sparkles, sequins and glitter. Whether it’s that sparkly dress, metallic shoes or our nails, something about the shine and reflections from those Christmas lights gets us in a festive mood! Here was our inspiration this week:

The Out to Sequin Black Sequin Bodysuit, the Ballet it on Me Black Sequin Dress, and the Flashbulb Pewter Sequin Top

So today we’re going to show you how to get an ombre glitter manicure!

Here’s the look we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
– a black or dark nail polish
– a coarse glitter polish
– matte top coat
– a makeup sponge

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 glitter nail polish directly onto a corner of the sponge.

Then just take the sponge and dab the glitter onto the tip of your nail. Some tutorials suggest that you just paint on the glitter, but the applicator brush often just pulls the sparkles off. From my experience, I’ve had to put on dozens of coats to get enough glitter on and the makeup brush works better to take away the extra polish & give you concentrated sparkle!

Continue dabbing at the tip of each nail until you have a glitter gradient on every finger.

Simply top coat with a fast dry top coat or a matte top coat.

And you’re all done and ready for that holiday cocktail party or family potluck!

BeautyManicure Monday: Outlined Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,

We’ve been noticing a lot of outlined manicures lately and despite not initially digging the look, we decided to try it out anyway! Turns out, I kinda liked how it really made every nail “pop” and it actually got a ton of compliments too!

Here’s the look we’re going for:


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