Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Nailart: Snowman

Earlier this week, I showed you how to freehand some snowflake nail art. Now it's time to look at the cutest, littlest snowman!

What you'll need:
A dotting tool, a piece of foil (or plastic) and a toothpick.
You'll need a background polish (here Boy Next Door by Essence), a white polish (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors, not pictured), a red polish (Fame Fatal), an orange polish (Flashy Pumpkin) and a black polish (Black is Back). I also recommend a quick drying top coat. An optional extra is an irridescent glitter topcoat (I used Crystal Shimmer by Accesorise).

Start off with your base colour, then seal it with your quick drying top coat (as discussed on the previous post). Use a large dotting tool and your white polish to create the body of your snowman - three white dots of decreasing size bottom to top. If your nails are shorter, you can just do two dots.

Using your black polish and a toothpick, give your snowman some coal eyes and a few buttons.

Now pick up just the teenyiest amount of orange polish and draw a carrot nose.

Using your red polish, give your snowman a nice woolly scarf.

Now, you can leave your snowman as is, or - if you've still got some extra space on your nail - you can use your black polish to give him a hat. If your nails are wider, you could use a brown polish to give him some twiggy arms.

After a few minutes, add your quick dry top coat to seal in your design. If you'd like, add some sparkle to represent the falling snow.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Christmas Nailart: Snowflake

Christmas in South Africa may be far from a Winter Wonderland, but you can't deny the festive imagery that snow conjures. Snowflakes are a surprisingly easy piece of nail art that looks rather impressive! Here's how I do mine:

You need two polishes, one for the background (I'm using the newer Boy Next Door by Essence) and one for the snowflakes (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors). I also recommend a quick-drying top coat (Sally Hansen InstaDri is my all time fave). An optional extra is an iridescent glitter polish (here Crystal Shimmer by Accessorize) to add a bit of sparkle to your snow.  You'll also need a bit of foil or plastic, and a tool to work with. You can use a small dotting tool, but I'm going to show you with a toothpick.

First up, get your background colour ready (remember to use a good-quality base coat to protect your nails and extend wear time). I recommend sealing your polish with top coat now - this means that if you make a mistake with your nail art, you can quickly erase it with a cotton bud dipped in polish remover without removing the underlying colour.

Now, to get started. You're going to use your piece of foil or plastic like a disposable artist's palette. Add a small drop of your white polish. For this to work neatly, your polish mustn't be thick or gloopy. Get a little bit of polish on the end of your toothpick. If you want, first practice drawing a line on your foil to get an idea of how much polish you need to use.

Draw three intersecting lines on your nail to form your star. I like to do each snowflake in a slightly different place on the nail. Start off smaller than you would like your snowflake to be, because we'll grow it in the next step.

To turn your star into a snowflake, add a small v-shape to the end of the lines. You can also add small branches in the middle of the lines to add detail.

And it's that simple! Continue for the rest of your nails. You might need to add another small drop of polish to your foil if your existing drop starts to dry out.

 Finish off by sealing in your design with a coat of quick dry topcoat and add a thin layer of glitter if you desire :)

Come back on Fridayto see how to create the snowman on my accent nail!