Today we have a guest post from my friend and fellow Central Florida Beauty Blogger Nidia of Lit from Within.
I may have a tad bit of stage fright here! I’d like to thank the awesome Phyrra for inviting me to share some nail art with you today.
This month, on my blog, Lit From Within, I’m celebrating Indie polish makers, so I thought I’d bring a little of that celebration over to Beauty For The Bold! This mani features Sonoma Nail Art and Above The Curve, two Indies that I really like.
When I use a chunky glitter, I like to start with a glue base coat. If you’re unfamiliar with using glue, please feel free to check out my post about experimenting with glue on Lit From Within. Using a glue base coat helps the polish just peel off later. If you use a regular base coat, you’ll just need to use a little more elbow grease to remove the glitter, or soak it off with acetone.
Sonoma Nail Art makes some really interesting and lovely polishes. She has to schedule restocks because there can be some competition for her polishes! I fell in love with Tiny Tangerines. Yeah, I thought it would be orange, but it’s pink. A lot of nail polish names don’t exactly make sense. Yes, OPI, I’m looking at you.
Tiny Tangerines has a sheer pink base with white, purple, and baby blue glitters in different sizes. At two coats, there is some visible nail line, but unless you have long nails, I don’t think it’s that noticeable in real life. I’m going to show you some nail art magic that will cover the tip anyway.
I love nail art, and I find that sometimes, simpler is better – and bolder. You don’t need mad skillz to do tape art, but it looks pretty impressive. Take a piece of scotch tape and trim off the ‘teeth’ edge so that you have straight corners. Stick it to your hand a few times to remove some of the stickiness. You want it to stick to your nail, but you don’t want it to pull the base polish off.
I put the tape on my nail so that the point was almost to the bottom of the nail, leaving some free edge. This will give us a chevron French tip. Painting one nail at a time, cover the free edge and as much of the tape as you need to make sure you’ve covered everything. Wait a few seconds, and gently remove the tape.
I used Sephora by OPI What a Broad for the purple tips. Some of the polish leaked under the tape? No worries. I took a small nail art brush and a beautiful purple holographic polish by Above the Curve called Risen Angel, and painted over the edge to smooth it out and cover any mistakes. Holographic polish is forgiving if you don’t have a steady hand, too, because it reflects the light so much. Above the Curve has a new collection called Angel, and most of them are stunning holographics.
This technique is so easy; you don’t need to be ambidextrous to do the nail art on both hands! The chevron is also a good illusion for those of us with short nails, because it visually elongates the nail. My nails on my right hand had been breaking all week, but you’d need to really pay attention to see that they’re different lengths from my left hand.
Will you be trying some tape chevron tips? I’d love for you to share your manis on my Facebook page!
Nidia Doherty is the beauty blogger at Lit From Within, which focuses mainly on nail polish and art, but also features beauty products. As much as she loves makeup, she believes that the most beautiful thing a person can wear is a smile.