@keeponpolish: To make it a bit clearer for you guys I will explain a few important steps.
After applying a no wipe top coat after the base color, cure it under either a LED or UV lamp.
Next apply your powder, i chose holographic but you can for sure use chrome or multichrome powders!
And after applying the powder then apply small drops of a gel top coat then cure again.
When it’s cured use rubbing alcohol or something similar to remove the excess powder onto the nail. The powder which is underneath the top coat drops won’t come off. So the excess powder will come off since it’s not cured under gel top coat! 👍💅🏻
You can create this design with both Gel polish and regular nail polish.
I’m trained in Gel Polish application and use this method on my own nails as it lasts much longer than regular polish.
As Spring is on our doorstep I was feeling the urge to create something fresh and simplistic!
Nude nails go with any outfit, and the nautical stripes add a subtle ‘fashion’ element without being over the top.
I wore this design on my nails last year and received SO many compliments, so I knew I just had to share the ‘how-to’ with you all.
All the products and equipment used are listed below:
So I FINALLY got a gel light and ordered some gummy jelly and the no wipe top coat from enailcouture. I freaking love it. There are probably better products to use to do these built up gel droplets but I was just messing around with it as I don’t have any gems yet.
I put Sinful Colors Orange cream as a base color and the rest is acrylic paints and the little gem looking things are just a holographic glitter piece with built up gel. I also built up the gummy jelly on top of the lady bugs to make them more 3D.
Gel Snake Nails!
I know I’m posting these really late!! To be honest I just kind of forgot about it and posted it literally every where else. I wanted to try something with gel polish where you put a sheer color on top (Finger Paints Main Art-traction) and use clear top coat (shiny no wipe by Max Estrada) to make the color underneath (Finger Paints Who do you He-art) show through, I thought that the top color would be bright enough to stand out but uh… it didn’t really work.
The design was free handed with acrylic paints and a gold polish Sally Hansen Infinity Band. My friend sent me some cutesy plastic gems in the mail and I used it as an opportunity to use Gummy Jelly by Max Estrada. Those things were seriously stuck on there. I had to drill some of them off lol.
I love your blog! Do you have any make up tips or advice for someone just starting to use it? Things like essentials or tutorials and what to avoid. I'm extremely new to it.
I am also somewhat new to makeup (my mother literally never wore any when I was growing up) so everything that I’m recommending on this post is based off of personal experience. I have extremely oily skin and focus all of my attention and helping keep my skin as clear as possible, so most of my recommendations are for products of that nature.
I highly recommend subscribing to Birchbox to try out new products. You fill out a profile listing your skin and hair types, and let them know what you’re looking to accomplish beauty wise. They send you wonderful samples each month, generally these are large enough for multiple uses. They will occasionally send you bullshit samples (I personally do not care about cheap perfumes) but it’s 90% awesome products.
Regardless, I hope you find this helpful! And thanks for the love. :)
1. Skin Type. Skin types are generally: oily/acne-prone, dry, sensitive, or a combination. Try to avoid using products that don’t suit your skin type, chain drugstores such as CVS and Rite Aid generally do a good job at stocking a variety of products (and there’s always Amazon). If you don’t know your skin type, start out using products for sensitive skin and see how they work for you.
2. Lotion. There are all sorts of different types of moisturizing lotions for every different part of your body. Although it may seem tempting, don’t ever use hand & body lotion on your face. You know how the corporations love to make us spend money! I recommend:
Jason: I love this facial lotion! It’s for sensitive skin and smells incredible.
SheaMoisture: This facial lotion is perfect for oily/combination skin.
Bath & Body Works: My absolute favorite hand & body lotion. Smells incredible and makes my skin so smooth.
4. Concealers/foundation! Ideally you’re looking for something that doesn’t doesn’t feel “heavy” or “sticky” on your face. If you’re uncomfortable using brushes, you can use clean, dry hands to gently pat concealer into place.
Hey Honey Concealer. This is the priciest item that I’m recommending to you, but this is because it last forever. I got a sample size of it from Birchbox eight months ago and it’s still only half used. Invest in yourself! Invest in your skin. This works for all skin types.
Nyx is another great concealer for oily/acne prone skin.
Maybelline: These can get $$ but last literally forever.
6. Lipstick. Lipstick is unfortunately not something I can advise you on, because I do not wear it. I do, however, wear tinted chapstick which I absolutely love. Fortunately lipstick is covered in several of the guides I linked to down below.
7. Facial Wipes. These are a great way to remove makeup, excess oil, dirt, etc from your face. I recommend:
SheaMoisture: Just because I would jump off a cliff if SheaMoisture told me it was good for my skin.
8. Nail Polish. If you can afford it, get your nails professionally done for $25 every two weeks (gel polishes last the longest). Most nail polish brands that you can purchase online or in a store for relatively inexpensive will last you a week tops. This is unfortunate, but the price we pay for our beauty. Here are some inexpensive brands that I enjoy:
Sally Hansen: I wear this brand in black every single day of my life and LOVE it. This is the longest lasting nail polish brand I have found thus far.
Wet N’ Wild: These are super inexpensive and relatively easy to find. Also- that name tho.
Essie: If you can afford it, turn to Essie for long lasting polish! This is the nail polish I will buy when I have the money to afford it.
9. Face Mask. I am OBSESSED with face masks. Literally. I just love the way they feel and how they make my skin super smooth and soft. I do two a week, which is not recommended for all skin types. If you have sensitive skin or dry skin, one a week should be plenty. I recommend:
Peel Off: This is a less extreme (and much less expensive) version of the blackhead mask you see heavily advertised on social media. It does make your skin feel incredible, but it doesn’t really help whiteheads or plain old acne the way mud masks do.
I use this mud mask every week. I bought it last August and still have about half a jar left. So incredible, so beneficial (for my skin at least), and does visibly reduce acne.
If you live near a CVS stop by. They actually make decent masks that are super inexpensive. The one problem I find with these masks is that they aren’t very thick. I like thick. DIY Banana Face Mask