I was really nervous to create these nails, but am so happy with the results! I was able to get some interesting detail into all of the planets, mostly achieved through mixing 2-4 different nail polishes. The left thumbnail is the sun.
Hello all. 🙂 I’m kind of owl obsessed (like so many these days), so I wanted to give an owl manicure a go. I opted to only do one nail and painted the rest gray with Zoya’s Dove (one of my favorites)!
For the owl, I painted a light pink oval on one nail along with two wee ears. For the wings, I used a darker purple to create two half moons on either side of my nail (I used a dotting tool for this). I also used a dotting tool to create layered circles for the eyes and for the feathers on the owl’s belly. To create the crescent moon shapes on the belly, I made three white dots and then used the lighter purple polish on top of the dots.
For the other nails, I used a dotting tool to create dark purple/light purple layered spots.
I’ve been wanting to try a gradient for a while now and finally got around to doing one today. It took me a while to choose the colors, but I was feeling colorful today and went with a purple and blue gradient. I added a holographic glitter topcoat and then did an accent finger with pink leopard spots. To create the gradient, I painted the purple and blue onto a dry makeup sponge and dabbed onto my nail. For the leopard spots, I used the round end of a straight pin to apply random pink dots to my ring finger. I used a wee paintbrush to apply the black over the pink dots.
Tip: Top coats are key for gradients, as they smooth things out and give that…well…gradient effect.
I used the following nail polishes to create the look:
I did this look last night and, needless to say, it took forever. This was my first attempt. I did not use a nail brush for these at all — they were created entirely with a few tiny paint brushes and index cards as my palette. I really like how they turned out.
Some additional shots and close ups of each finger:
This is a really simple design I achieved with the help of striping tape. I used striping tape to paint pink and purple halfsies on all my nails. After it dried, I used striping tape to create a triangle section at the bottom, which I painted with a gold glitter.
This was my first attempt at water marbling, and I was pleased with the results. Don’t forget to apply a white base coat when water marbling — your colors will look super vibrant!
This is another really basic manicure (and pre-clean up, obviously). I painted all my nails black and then used a silver glitter to create a star-like shape and trailing “star dust” on the index finger.
I’m a bit obsessed with glitter, so I really love this look. I painted my nails a sheer pinkish-nude color and then used a multi-colored glitter on the tips to create a sweet little gradient. Voila!