Colour Blocking Nails

It’s Fashion Week here in Toronto, and that meant I needed to get rid of the St. Patrick’s Day nails and put on something a little more appropriate for a runway show.

This was an incredibly easy design, and with a steady hand (or a little bit of tape) you can achieve this look too!

First you’re going to paint your nails a solid colour. I chose China Glaze Make an Entrance, and on my ring finger I used Sally Hansen Sun Kissed. After my base colour dried completely, I simply painted on the opposite colour in a diagonal stripe.

I have a pretty steady hand, so I didn’t have an issue painting the diagonal lines. If you’re going to do it free hand make sure you use a thin coat of polish.

Here’s how both of my hands turned out so you can see how my left vs. right hand turned out.

Colour Blocking Nails

Colour Blocking Nails

I am right handed, so painting with my left hand is a lot trickier. The easiest way to paint the diagonal stripes on your non-dominant hand is to actually just hold the brush still and turn your finger in the direction the polish should go.

If you’re not feeling¬†particularly¬†confident in your painting skills you can also use scotch tape or painters tape to mark off the line. Make sure your nails are DRY, and don’t press the tape down too firmly or you might ruin your polish.

I’ll be back later this week with another St. Patrick’s Day nail design!

St. Patrick’s Day Nails

St. Patrick's Day Nails

St. Patrick’s Day is next weekend, and I love any excuse for a festive nail art design!

To achieve this look:

  • Paint four of your nails with China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, and one of your nails with China Glaze White on White (or alternate fingers, or just choose one colour!)
  • Once completely dry you can stamp on the white clover. I used plate A02, which I purchase from Maytheps in a set.
  • Then use Konad plate m81, and stamp on the little clovers from the full nail design. I stamped the design twice, and then stamped the little one on a third time
  • Finish it off with your favourite top coat – or a glitter top coat!

…and just in case you need a little St. Paddy’s Day laugh, check out this hilarious site – Paddy, not Patty

Purple & Champagne Flowered Nail Art

Big Spender Purple Champagne Flowered Nail Art

Over the weekend I made a trip to Shopper’s Drug Mart because not only were Essie polishes on sale, but they were having a promo with their Optimum Points!

I picked up the two colours pictured above. The purple-y/pink colour is Big Spender, and the champagne colour is Buy Me A Cameo.

Big Spender is much darker on my nails than it looks in the bottle, and Buy Me A Cameo may just be my new favourite nude colour! The sheen is amazing, and it’s just the perfect neutral!

I topped off my manicure with some flowers from Konad plate s9, and then finished the look with a swipe of Seche Vite top coat!

Neon Leopard Print Nails

Neon Leopard Print Nails

The weatherman was calling for over 10cm of snow last weekend, and thankfully we didn’t see a single flake! To celebrate I decided to do a VERY bright manicure!

To get this look I painted each nail a different bright colour. For reference I used these China Glaze polishes:

  • Pink: Shocking Pink
  • Orange/Yellow: Sun Worshipper
  • Green: Celtic Sun
  • White: White on White
  • Purple: Spontaneous

Once that was dry I used my favourite Konad image plate – m57! I randomly filled in the leopard spots using a white, pink and purple striper. It takes some patience to do this on your non-dominant hand. I tend to do this hand first when I have the most patience!

Finish it off with your favourite top coat and you’re all ready for Summer to get here!