This week, Three on Thursday is all about some of my recent nail art designs! I’m pretty amateur when it comes to nail art, so I think each of these looks is super easy to achieve with a little extra help!
You can catch up with my previous nail look here and I am hoping to bring you some step-by-step guides soon as well for some super easy nail art ideas.
Ombre Bunny Nails
I love doing ombre nails, they look great and with the help of a cheapo makeup sponge (£1.00 for a bag of 25 assorted shapes and sizes in Primark) you can achieve so many different looks.
I always start with a base colour as it just helps provide a more even colour when you sponge the colours over the top. I try to use a complimentary base colour.
For my ombre bunny nails, I started with one coat of Models Own Hyper Gel – White Light, once dry, I applied some Mo-You London Latex Cuticle Guard (this stuff is a fricking lifesaver by the way, makes for the easiest clean up job ever, ideal for the girl who paints her nails like a toddler wielding a large paintbrush). I then used Models Own Hyper Gel – Turquoise Gloss and Models Own Scented – Apple Pie which I applied using the sponge to create the ombre effect.
I then used a vinyl nail sticker/stencil from She Sells Seashells in the shape of a little bunny, which you stick onto your nail (once the polish is dry of course!) and I used another make up sponge to dab over the stencil – I used Models Own – Black Swirl (which I can’t seem to find online), it has a very slight sparkly sheen to it. I then pulled off the sticky stencil, removed the latex cuticle guard and finished with a clear top coat – I’m using Collection 2000 2 in 1 Top and Base Coat.
These take a little while to do – you have to wait for each layer to dry before you move on to the next, I’d say it took me around 30 – 45 minutes to do each nail. But I think the overall effect is so cute!
Stamped Heart Nails
My next look is a bit simpler than the first. However, you will need a stamping plate from Mo-You London. I have a bunch of these stamping plates. One plate on its own will set you back £4.99 and you will have to buy the stamper/scraper separately. I tend to buy these when they are on sale or on a special offer. If you buy a starter set, you get a polish, scraper and stamp for £15.00. There are masses of options and designs to choose from. They are really easy to use and very, very effective too.
So, first I applied my base colour – I used Mo-You London – Sweet Lips. Once dry, I applied my wonderful Latext Cuticle Guard, then using the plate, stamp and scraper, I applied my chosen design to my nail. I used Princess Plate 10 and Mo-You London – White Knight for the design. I then peeled off the latex and once dry, applied a top coat.
This look takes much less time to complete, the Mo-You polishes dry very quickly and once you’ve stamped the colour onto your nails it is instantly dry. These took around 20 minutes to do.
Negative Space Nails
This last design is the easiest to do and my favourite of the week.
I do this design one nail at a time, else I tend to get in a bit of a pickle. I used Chevron stickers from She Sells Seashells, placing one slightly under the other towards the top of my nail, leaving a little gap. Once firmly stuck and smoothed down (so as to prevent seepaage!) I applied two coats of Models Own Polish For Tans – Shades and peeled off the stickers – I do this when my nails are still wet to avoid ripping the polish. I repeated this for each nail and once dry, applied a top coat.
These took me around 30 minutes, but only because I do each nail one at a time. The finished design is really effective.
Which is your favourite? Do you have any go to nail looks? Would you try any of these? Let me know below.