Category: Nails

BeautyManicure Monday: Pumpkin Nails with Syl and Sam

Since October rolled around, we could really feel the weather changing and the days shortening. The good news is that this means fall fashion is in full swing, but it also means we’re thinking about Halloween a lot more! This week we’re going to show you how to do some awesome pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns on your nails, which are an awesome themed manicure for Halloween or Thanksgiving.
Here’s the look we’re going for:

BeautyManicure Monday: Black Cat Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies,

As soon as October rolls around, we get into a Hallowe’en mood. We’re already thinking up costumes and collecting new creepy decorations. This week we decided to do some cute black cat nails to get us in the mood, but this manicure can be done any time of year if you’re a kitty lover!
Here’s the look we’re going for:
What you’ll need:
- base coat colours (we used a rainbow of colours)
- black nail polish
- red and white polishes and a striper brush
Start with a few coats of your base colour. You can definitely pick a single colour, but we went for a rainbow look for fun!
Then take a solid black colour and brush on a half circle shape at the tip of your nail. This will be your cat’s head! Do the same on all of your nails
Then taking your striper brush, draw pointed ears on each head.
Then take your red and apply a tiny dot for a nose using a thin striper brush. You can also use a toothpick or small dotting tool. Do the same with the white polish to make dotted eyes. We didn’t show the step but you can also add a curly little tail with your black polish using your striping brush!
Top coat and you’re done! MEOW!

BeautyManicure Monday: Toile de Jouy Nails with Sam and Syl!

Hey ladies,
We were on a quick trip to New York City last week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week writing some articles for Chictopia and inspiration was all around us! We were able to attend over a dozen fashion shows and even though it’s not even Fall yet, we’re excited for the Spring trends that we see rolling out. One of my favourite prints ever is the elegant French classic, Toile de Jouy, and it was used generously in the Ruffian Spring/Summer 2013 collection!
Here’s our inspiration:

runway photos from Style.com

What you’ll need:
- white base coat
- konad nail stamping kit: an image plate (m71), stamper and scraper
- blue konad special polish
- nail polish remover
- quick dry top coat

Start with a few coats of your base colour and don’t worry if the coverage isn’t the greatest, it mostly gets covered anyway. My white polish is pretty chunky, so it looks ridgy but it doesn’t matter too much.

We’ve covered the whole nail stamping thing in our Lace Nails Tutorial, but I’ll try to explain the steps again if this is your first time seeing stamps! Start with your tools all within close reach. Take the special nail polish and cover the etched design that you want to use with a single coat. Then grab your scraper, apply even pressure while scraping off the excess polish.

As quickly as you can, grab the rubber stamper tool and stamp down onto the design on the plate. You need to move fast just because the thin layer of polish remaining on the plate can dry up in a second!

Once the image is transfered onto the rubber stamp, you just need to roll the stamp onto your nail, pressing down hard so that the entire image transfers to your nail.

Then use some nail polish remover to clean off the excess from the image plate, stamp and scraper and repeat the above steps to cover each of your nails. There will probably be some stamped polish on the sides of your nails but you can just clean it up with some polish remover on a cotton swab.

Top coat and you’re done! This Toile de Jouy look can also pass as a porcelain china effect! Either way, this fresh and dainty look is so eye catching you’ll be sure to get a ton of compliments!

BeautyManicure Monday: Tribal Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
This week we’re going to show you how to get the stylish modern “tribal” pattern nails. They look really intricate and detailed but when broken down to some easy steps, you can totally get the look in no time!

Here’s what we’re going for:
What you’ll need:
- white base coat
- white striper
- three contrast colours, I used a teal, orange and yellow.
- a black nail art pen

Start with a few coats of your base colour and don’t worry if the coverage isn’t the greatest, it mostly gets covered anyway.

Next grab your contrast colours and do some random stripes across each nail.

Just keep the colours random and do a coouple of stripes per nail. Wait for these coats to dry completely before continuing!

Then take your nail art pen and draw outlines for each of your horizontal stripes that you drew.

And now the fun part! In between each set of lines, draw any repeated geometric pattern. Some patterns I drew were triangles, zig zags, polka dots and concentric circles. Continue with the rest of your nails and then top coat!

That’s it! Once it’s broken down into a few easy steps, those really intricate nails aren’t actually that difficult to do! They’re a bit time consuming but it’s worth it for the compliments you’ll get!

 

BeautyManicure Monday: Straw Stamp Nails with Syl and Sam

Hey ladies, 
This Monday we’re going to share a really easy stamping technique with you that creates an abstract, colourful pattern. The only tool you’ll need is a drinking straw!

Here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- a straw
- white base coat
- other complimentary colours (we used a purple, teal, lime green and hot pink)
- a quick dry top coat

Start with a light base colour on your nails. We used a pearly white but you can use any light colour that constrasts the other colours you’ll be using.

Take one of your contrast colours and drop some onto a scrap piece of paper or some foil. Take your straw and dip it into the nail polish

Then using your straw as a stamp, simply stamp it a few times on each nail. You may have to re-dip the straw every few times you stamp it.

Continue by doing the same with another colour. You don’t have to worry about it being imperfect or messy because it’s an abstract look we’re going for!

Repeat with three or four different colours!

And there you go– an adorably colourful manicure that doesn’t take much effort. It looks so intricate that a few people have been asking if they’re actually nail appliques! Try it out!