Category: Nail art

BeautyManicure Monday: Ice Cream Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,
This week we’re going for a quirky and cute manicure that is sure to put a smile on your face! Nothing says summer like bright colours & cool treats, so I put together a simple manicure that’ll really put the cherry on top of your look :)

Here’s what we’re going for:
 

 
What you’ll need:
- a base colour (we used turquoise)
- some “ice cream colours”, we chose a strawberry pink & a vanilla white
- two shades of brown for the “cone”
- a red for the cherry
- a striper brush

 
Start with a few coats of your base colour. Make sure that it’s completely dry before continuing.

 
Then take your ice cream colour and paint a “scoop at the tip of your nail. You should be able to just swoop over the tip of the nail and get a good circle shape. This might require a couple of coats. Just be sure to let the polish dry between coats.

 
I decided to alternate ice cream colours :)

 
Take some of your cherry red polish & drop it onto some scrap paper or foil. Using the back end of your paint brush, dip it into the paint.

 
Then take the dipped paintbrush end and dab it onto the top of the ice cream scoops.

 
This part is optional, but you can take a toothpick and dip into any colour of nail polish. Then dab the toothpink on an angle onto the ice cream to create sprinkles!

 
I used some hot pink, purple and blue to make rainbow sprinkles

 
Then take your lighter brown and make triangular shapes on the tips of your nails on your OTHER hand. They don’t have to be perfect.

 
Then using your striper brush, grab some of your darker brown and outline the triangles. Then draw a criss-cross pattern on the cone so that it look like a yummy waffle cone!

 
Just top coat both hands & you’re done! Show your friends your weird triangle nails & watch their faces light up when you plop the ice cream scoops on top ;)


BeautyManicure Monday: Splatter Nails with Syl and Sam

 

Hey ladies, happy Monday! One thing we love about nail art is that there are so many new techniques to learn all the time. If you stop thinking of nail polish in those little applicator bottles and start thinking of it as “paint” there’s endless ways to put it on! This week we test out using drinking straws to get a splattered look. The fun part is that it’s different looking every time & it’s really easy to do. So check  it out & learn how to make your own Jackson Pollock on your nails this week :)

Here’s the look we’re going for:
 

 
What you’ll need:
- a base colour (we used grey)
- two splatter colours (we used neon pink and green)
- a top coat
- a straw
- some tape

 
Start with a few coats of your base colour. Make sure that it’s completely dry before continuing.

 
Snip your straws into a more manageable length. You’ll need one per colour that you’ll be splattering.

 
Then take three individual pieces of tape and cover your finger, taping as close as possible to the nail edges.

 
Do the same to all of your nails!

 
Now, drop some nail polish onto a flat surface covered with some scrap paper. Then dip in your straw!

 
Put the straw to your mouth & blow quickly to “splash” some colour onto your nail. 

 
Dip your straw & repeat with all fingers until you get enough coverage.

 
Do the same with your next colour! Drop & dip & blow!

 
Repeat on all nails again until you’re happy with the distribution of colours :)

 
Then carefully peel off all of the tape. This should have protected your fingers from all the excess nail polish flinging around!

 
Just top coat & you’re done! Choose your own summer colours & splash them on!

BeautyManicure Monday: Sunset Nails with Syl and Sam

It’s #manicuremonday again & we’re back to show you guys another fun nail-do. Summer’s just starting for us up in the northern hemisphere, so we’ve really been trying to make the most of the warm weather. We’ve been dressing in bright colours, wearing lots of sheer layers & doing our nails to match! This week we’re going to show you how we put a tropical sunset onto our nails.
 
Here’s the look we’re going for:
 



 
What you’ll need:
- a pink nail polish
- an orange nail polish
- a yellow nail polish
- a black nail art pen
- a makeup sponge
- quick dry top coat


 
Start with a couple of coats of your base colour– pink! 


 
Let your base dry completely and then prepare your tools for applying the other colours. Tear a couple pieces off of an old makeup sponge to use as an applicator.

 
Now apply some of your orange nail polish to the sponge. Then dab the colour onto the tip of your nails, covering about 2/3′s of the nail bed.

 
Do the same to all your nails. If the nail polish is dabbing on thin, you can build more layers but be sure to let it dry completely before applying more.

 
Once the orange coat is dry, do the same using the yellow polish. Apply some to a piece of makeup sponge and dab it onto the tip of your nail. This time apply to only the top 1/3 of the nail.

 
Do the same to all your nails & you’ll have a pretty ombre effect! Don’t worry too much about the textured polish from the dabbing, the top coat will cover it up.

 
Next, grab your nail art pen. The one we are using is by Sally Hansen and it applies like a paint marker, so it’s very easy to control. Draw a little “island” and then add a palm tree silhouette for that tropical sunset vibe :)

 
Do the same to all your nails.

 
And to cover up the texture from all the nail polish dabbing, just add a couple of coats of quick dry top coat, making sure to let your nails dry completely between each coat… and you’re done!

This manicure is the perfect finishing touch for a beach outfit or for holding those yummy summer cocktails! Let us know if you try this one out!

BeautyManicure Monday: Lace Nails with Syl and Sam

Happy Monday! It’s Syl and Sam back again to show you another cool nail technique. 

We’d noticed how there were amazing manicures online of extremely detailed designs and wondered how people achieved these looks without using nail stickers. That’s when we learned about a technique called nail “stamping”. With just a few specialized tools and nail polishes that you can buy online, you can start stamping extremely intricate designs on your nails without needing a steady hand! They’re great because buying a kit opens up endless possibilites for designs & they’re far less wasteful than nail stickers or appliques that are one-time-use items. We’re going to take the lace trend and put that on our nails today– an awesome feminine look to go with all your lacey summer dresses!

Here’s the technique we’ll be showing you today:
What you’ll need:
- Nail Polish Remover
- A base colour
- Konad Special Nail Polish
- A top coat
- Makeup Remover Pads
- Konad Image Plate, Stamp and Scraper

Start with a few coats of your base colour & 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… which you’ll learn more about in this tutorial!

First, 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.

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

Then clean up the plate of any leftover nail polish with a makeup pad and some remover. Be careful not to ruin any of your other nails while removing!

Now repeat all of the above steps for each nail. It seems like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, it does go rather quickly :) 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! Amazingly intricate designs without needing to have a steady hand or any artistic skills :)

Are you going to try out nail stamping?

BeautyHot Man-icure: Ryan Gosling Nails from Rad Nails

If any of you are as obsessed with Ryan Gosling as we are, then you’re absotively posolutely going to swoon over these nail decals from Rad Nails. Not only do they have your favorite Hey Girl face, but they also feature the not-so-ugly mugs of Joe Jonas, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, and Pharrell. Um, sign me up!

 
For only $18, you can get twenty in a pack, so there are enough to decorate your tootsies, too! You can choose from a clear wrap or a white wrap, so you can even create your own base if you feel so inclined.
 
 
Now, I know that you’ll be drooling over these pretty faces, but please remember they’re not edible. Sad, I know.
 
For more nail art or to buy your own set of delicious dudes, head on over to their website and shop! There are a ton of other great sets as well for all you manicure-minded missies!
 
(Images courtesy of Rad Nails.)