Today I wanted to share a few new beauty buys with you all while guiding you through how I created my new favourite nail!
The look above was inspired by a look I seen on Instagram recently and if you know me you’ll know that this combines three of my favourite things: Leopard print, neon and stylish white nails.
To start, prep the nails with a clear coat. This is so important to protect your nails from staining! Then paint each nail white, I like to do two thin coats to build an even, deep colour. Usually I would advise you to wait for the varnish to dry but I recently purchased this fab spray in Dealz for €1.49 and I seriously recommend it. Spray it lightly over the nails and leave for roughly 60 seconds and they’re completely touch dry! No smudges here!
The next step involves a very steady hand – I usually use nail art brushes when I do my nails but I bought this nail art pen from Barry M today and it makes the process a whole lot easier! I drew a thick line on the inner corner of each nail (the side is really up to you) and coloured it in using a black polish – I found that the pen cracked when used over large areas, it’s better designed for a simple line or design. After completing this on each nail I again used the drying spray and waited a few seconds before continuing.
The third step involves drawing a thick yellow line right beside the black line – follow the above steps and try to keep a steady hand. I used a nail art brush for the yellow and took it in quick strokes, don’t try to draw the complete line in one go – it rarely works.
The final step involves the leopard print design. Again, I would normally use a brush or sometimes even just the nail polish brush itself as I find leopard print very easy, it’s all practice, practice, practice. I used the nail art pen today and it really is a random process. Just dot here and there, drawing tiny circles on the odd nail and curved lines that don’t quite meet to achieve an overall leopard look (a good way I’ve heard this described is to draw ‘C’ and ‘U’ shapes around the coloured dots) Practice makes perfect here so don’t worry if it isn’t up to scratch your first time and it shouldn’t ever look uniform – leopard print is totally random!
So for this look I used the pen as mentioned earlier and two polishes; Barry M in 66 Matt White and a funky neon polish I bought in Portugal – I’ve never seen it in Ireland and it doesn’t have a shade name or number but you can do this look with any bright yellow and it should work just as well! Experiment, you can use any colours you like! I finished the look by sealing the shine and protecting against chipping with another coat of clear varnish.