Nail The Week: Being Watched!

 

So those around me are cottoning on to the fact that my nail art obsession is here to stay and I recently received my very first request, courtesy of my cousin Samantha! She recommended I recreate this nude eye design, seen on Emmy Rossum. As you can imagine, I was hugely excited at the prospect of this challenge, particularly as I immediately spied that it involved one of my favourite nail art techniques, the half moon!

Creating this design was much simpler than it first appeared. I started off with a white base and used the technique described here to create a half moon. I chose to switch the design up by using grey polish instead of nude. I decided to incorporate brown, blue and green eyes, so after the half moon stage I used a large dotting tool to create the colourful iris of each eye (I was going to add one red eye for extra quirkiness but I forgot.) I then added a blob of the darker colours with a medium dotting tool for the pupil and finally a tiny white dot to give the image dimension. Of course I finished by sealing with a top coat.

Overall I’m very pleased with how this design turned out. I’ve received lots of compliments from all sorts of people from friends and family to the lady in Superdrug and even, oddly enough, the radiator delivery man, although he might’ve been hankering for a cuppa! If I were to change anything I would use a grey polish with a thicker opacity than the Ciate as it’s almost impossible and certainly outside the constraints of my patience to do two coats on a half moon. I’d also definitely add the red eye next time. I thoroughly enjoyed my first nail request, though, so if you have any ideas you’d like me to try, send them my way!

 

The colours I used are as follows:

– Barry M Matt White

– Ciate Pillow Fight

– Barry M Navy

– Barry M Cyan Blue

– Rimmel Beige Babe

-Barry M Copper

– Bourjois Bleu Model

– Barry M Watermelon

Nail The Week: Delicate Dots!

Having been hankering after a set of dotting tools for some time, I was pretty delighted when mine finally arrived from Ebayland the other day. These little gems are as cheap as anything and are one of the easiest ways to instantly improve your nail art technique, even if like me you are not steady of hand. This week is a bit of nail art double whammy as I was so pleased with how my first dotting venture turned out that I went straight in with another design as soon as it was time to take the first one off.

For my first dose of dots  I opted for a metallic gold base with some bright multicoloured accent spots. I thought this worked really well and the overall effect is reminiscent of something you might find in a Moroccan bazaar or on an Indian sari. I also love how the design looks very intricate but is not challenging to create.

I went for a similar approach for my second dotty design, this time trying an ombre look for the very first time as the base. To create the ombre I painted on a coat of light beige before dampening a wedge make up sponge to prevent it from absorbing all the nail polish, painting stripes of my chosen colours onto it and dabbing it over the nail. I’ve been wanting to try gradient nails for the longest time but was dreading the process being difficult and messy, but I couldn’t believe how easy it turned out to be and how little cleanup was required! I liked the effect of the ombre on it’s own and it would be perfect if you wanted a subtler look, but as I was itching to get out my dotting tools again I added bold, deep red, purple and orange dots to each nail.

Next time I go for a dotty look, I’d like to try some monochrome spots over a silver glitter base, but that will have to wait as I’m away from home for the next couple of weeks and forgot to bring my white polish!

And finally here are the materials I used:

Look 1:

Look by Bipa Stop Split Vitamin Booster base coat

Gold Foil Effect, Satsuma Gelly Hi-Shine and Navy Nail Paint, all by Barry M

Orly Nail Lacquer in Beach Cruiser

Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat

Dotting tools (found on Ebay for a couple of pounds, or you could use bobby pins and tooth picks).

Look 2:

Look by Bipa Stop Split Vitamin Booster base coat

Lychee, Plum and Pomegranate  Gelly Hi-Shine and Gold Foil Effect Nail Paints, all by Barry M

Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat

A wedge make up sponge (I bought a bag of about 20 for around £3 in Superdrug)

Dotting Tools