Stripes Are In

This design rocks because it’s stupid easy, and looks way more sophisticated than it actually is; plus you can get creative with color choices (I like to hold out one hand at a time and say, “Now it’s pink. No, now it’s blue. Now it’s pink again! It’s whatever I want!”).

You’ll notice my stripes aren’t exactly what one would call, erm, clean. I was kinda late to the game to some of these super really dumb-simple nail design tips:

1. When working on a design like polka dots or stripes, wait until all the polish is dry to apply topcoat, or the topcoat tends to streak.

2. When using tape to create stripes, pull off the tape as soon as possible. For some reason products that do this kind of thing (french tip tape, for example) say to let the polish dry completely before removing.

False. This is so wrong I can’t even describe how wrong it is. It is wronger than wearing an old wedding gown to your great uncle’s funeral.

Well. Now we know.

For this design I used:

-Revlon French Roast

-Sinful Colors Timbleberry

-Sinful Colors Savage

(I may or may not use Savage and Timbleberry in freakin’ everything)

(you’ve probably noticed by now)

(that’s because they are THE BEST.)

Fade to Green

You thought green was reserved only for spring, did you? Well, you were wrong.

Silly goose.

Green ombre nails

I’ve been experimenting with achieving a smooth ombré (gradient) effect in my nail art, and I think I finally succeeded. There are two key elements to keep in mind when deciding how to complete your ombré manicure:

1. Pick colors with plenty of variance. I tried a gradient a few weeks ago that I thought would be easily visible–it faded from medium blue to light blue–but, as it turns out, my choices were a little too subtle to be noticeable from a distance.

For this gradient, I chose a super-bright, green-blue background color, and a Shrek-esque lime green for the final stage color. I had a medium-green (from a dotting set) that I used to blend the two together. Whatever “blender” color you pick, it doesn’t have to be perfectly between your first and final color–as long as it’s close, it’ll look fine.

2. Sponge with care. Some sponging tips:

– Only re-use the same spot of sponge on two nails. After that, it’s too dry and will actually peel your bottom coat, and the sponge bits will start to stick to your polish.

– Use all three colors (base coat, middle color, and final color). This helps with the blending.

– Don’t try to cover the whole nail all at once with the sponge. Roll it from side to side (exercise caution: if you move back and forth too many times, the sponge bits will break off and stick).

For this design I used:

-Wet n’ Wild Teal or No Teal

-Nail Fantasies Twist and Shout

-L.A. Girl Polka Dot Nail Art Kit (green)