Friday, September 9, 2011

10 little canvases

If you've been following my blog and are a near and dear friend of mine, you know that I've been on a water-marbling nail art kick, and I'm slightly addicted! However, after perusing Nail Trends from the Fall 2011 Fashion Week Runways, discovering Nails Magazine, and signing up for Nail Art Gallery, I've been inspired to switch up my water marble with a planned design of my own creation. But let's first review some of my favorite ideas from the runways for this season!

From the Prabal Gurung runway show

Above is an Asian-inspired design. I'm not sure how the artist achieved this effect; I am going to experiment to see if I can duplicate it. This is a very artsy and sophistocated look while still being fun, different, and very interesting. Although you could try this look with any color combination, I'm particularly fond of the black on white; the contrast emphasizes the design and the simplicity of the colors adds to the sophistocation.

Nails by Kristina Estabrooks for designer Jen Kao

Aside from the awesome effect of the above mani, these nails are an excellent example of the perfect almond-shaped nail. This nail shape is almost impossible to pull off with shorter nails, and I have been trying to grow mine out to achieve this heavenly elliptical shape; it is definitely one to be noticed and loved. The squoval for long nails was for yesterday, ladies.

My nails done by me, neon aztec chevron design 

The above picture is a nail art designed by yours truly! It came from the madness inside my head :)  I confess I am not half as skilled as many of the artists who create nail art, but I am practicing and learning. This design was not very difficult to execute; the most challenging part is making sure you have nice crisp 90 degree angles and making sure it's symmetrical. The nature of the design, being symmetrical; dividing my nail into thirds; and having the same chevron angle repeated, add to the cohesiveness of the design and its flow. Several of the elements play off of each other, something important to consider when creating your own nail design. At the end of this post, I have included directions for how to create this design.

There is much more nail art to come! I also want to tell you about several exciting nail blogs I've discovered and are my current go-to's for everything polish, especially upcoming collections. So stay tuned for some more nail news within the next couple of days!

Directions: Here is an outline of the steps if you'd like to replicate this design. Of course, as with any nail design, you're best to complete each layer of polish on all 10 nails before moving to the next layer/design element. Due to the translucent nature of the neon yellow, after my base coat I applied two coats of white polish to make the neon yellow pop and look opaque. The next step was to create the upside-down pyramid in periwinkle (Essie Lapiz of Luxury). Start with the brush that comes in the bottle and make a line that extends about 2/3 of the way down the middle of your nail; it MUST be the middle!  Square off the end of the line to look like mine in the picture. For the "steps" on either side of the middle column, use your brush painting horizontally. Begin your horizontal line about the distance up the middle column that your column is wide and over to the left or right the same distance, painting to the same point on the opposite side of the column, making sure your line is parallel with the bottom edge of the first column and lined up straight across your nail as in the picture. It is easier for your eye to judge the distance painting left to right, imagining creating two equal sides of a square for each "step" on the left and right of your nail. Shape the corners so they are 90 degrees and repeat the process for the last set of "steps." Fill in with periwinkle to the tip if necessary and make sure you let it dry! Next, place neon pink dots (Essie Pink Parka) using the end of a bobby pin since I do not have a dotting tool. Make sure the bobby pin has little heads that are the right size to put dots centered on each step. Start with the middle column, then do both sides, making sure the dots are lined up with the pyramid design and each other, and finish by applying dots on the last "steps". I applied the navy wedge shape with the brush in the bottle, angling the brush to mimic the angle of the pyramid design and making sure the tip of the wedge starts almost 1/3 the way down my nail (the navy color is from Sally Beauty Supply but has been discontinued). Finish with Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat. Make sure you wait for each layer to dry; this is a lot of nail polish!

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