Nail Art! (The Lost Designs)

I did a few (haha, understatement!) other designs with my piCture pOlish shades, trying to find something that was me, while attempting the “Best Nail Art You’ve Ever Done” (pressure, much?)

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If you haven’t already, please head over and vote for your favorite mani on the piCture pOlish Pinterest board! I would love to win the prize, a collaboration shade between PP and yours truly!

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I began by cutting off tons of striping tape into small strips about one inch long.  I painted by nail nude and allowed it to completely dry.

TLD3Began in the middle of my nail, applying the bottom (top?!) of the tape halfway down my nail bed.

TLD4Then I applied the rest of the strips as shown, trying to get their tops and bottoms lined up just next to each other so I wouldn’t be left with a horizontal line of nude across my nail.

TLD5Some people apply the polish directly to their makeup wedge sponge (cosmetic wedges, I get mine at the drugstore), some people prefer to blend the polish on a surface first and dab the sponge onto it.

TLD6At first, you won’t have full coverage from the sponge, but allow a few seconds of dry time, and sponge again, and again.  Be sure to keep your center line, where the two colors meet, right about in the middle.  I wanted my polish to blend together around the middle of my nail bed, so i blended up and down just a bit.

TLD7Tada!  Lots of polish all over the place 🙂  Now, the big reveal!

TLD8Pull the tape off, one piece at a time, IMMEDIATELY after you finish sponging your color on…pulling the tape off while the polish is still very wet is key to getting clean lines!

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I used a teeny brush to create the flowers by staggering small ‘C’ shaped curves from the inside of each flower out.  The spiked studs are the same ones I used here yesterday.  I used a dotting tool from eBay for the dots on my thumb.  Obviously, wait a bit before using a thick topcoat so you don’t drag your beautiful nail art around!

❤ Rylee

Nail Art: Stripes and Dots!

Anyone who has seen my blog knows how much I love bright colors!  And if you follow my Instagram, chances are you have seen me do stripes a few times, and dots as well.  Here are a couple of my favorite designs:

This is Essie Lapiz of Luxury with Essie Tart Deco.  I love this color combo and the dots remind me of dinosaur spots for…whatever reason!

For this design, I started with white as my base.  I used my Orly Striping Brush from Ulta to make stripes in Orly Glowstick, Orly Melt Your Popsicle, Zoya Charisma, China Glaze Pool Party, and China Glaze I’m With The Lifeguard.  Stripes take a little practice, and some shades that are thicker are tough to get even on your finger…but you can always use your base color or another color to even out the sides!

Happy Striping (NOT STRIPPING!)

~rylee