UNT: Peel off base coat, Sun Envy top coat
Nails Inc: Bury Walk, New Burlington Place
Models Own: Everyday Grey (Twilight HyperGel Collection)
Plastic sheet to make decals
My best friend gave me her mini Nails Inc. polish and I couldn’t wait to use it. That’s how this nail art started. I had no idea what I was going to do exactly, but I knew I wanted to use this colour as the base. It’s a stunning grey with a fine pink/gold shimmer and is opaque in 2-3 coats.
As I was going through my Nails Inc. polishes, I saw New Burlington Place, a pinky, coppery fine shimmer/glitter. Funnily enough, I also got this from my best friend for my birthday a few years back. The two looked like they’d be a great match if used together.
At first I thought about doing a gradient similar to my Bleeding Cuticles Nail Art minus the bleeding look.
I decided against it because I couldn’t be bothered with liquid latex and sponging.
I then decided on stripes because I felt lazy and I needed to do a nail art. So this is what I came up with:
It looks terrible and half-arsed (probably because it was). I felt like I needed to add to it to make it acceptable. I played around with stamping New Burlington Place on some paper to see how it would look and realised it came out too transparent to make a difference. I’m sure it would look great on a white background, maybe even black, but in this case it would have disappeared into the grey.
Then, I thought ‘why not drag marble?’ This is when I pulled out the Everyday Grey by Models Own. I could have used Bury Walk by Nails Inc. (the grey I used for my base), but it’s only a mini polish and I didn’t want to be wasteful. Everyday Grey is slightly darker than Bury Walk, but it was the closest in shade to Bury Walk.
I got a plastic sheet (the plastic that covers greeting cards works perfectly) and drew a line with Everyday Grey, then I drew a line with New Burlington Place next to it, and again drew a line with Everyday Grey next to that. Like so:
I then grabbed my dotting tool (you can use a toothpick or anything with a pointed end – I don’t recommend needles or pins), starting at one end I began to draw a calligraphy swirl, making sure there are no large gaps in between (no actual photos of this so see below).
Once the design was dry, I covered it with top coat and added half a centimetre to the outer edge as well. This safeguards against any tearing and if it does tear, then you’ll tear the top coat and not the design you intend to use.
Once it was all dry (this took forever because I applied too much polish), I carefully peeled the decal off the plastic.
I grabbed my scissors and cut strips to apply on my nails. The best thing about polish decals is that if you have polish on your nails already, they stick really well to each other. I placed the strips in the centre of each nail, trimmed the end at the free edge and applied top coat.
Done! This did take a while (a few hours at least), purely because the decals took ages to dry. Usually when I’m making decals, I will do it the night before and apply them the next day.