nails-how-to

The older I get, the more obsessed I am with anything and everything Lisa Frank. But of course we may not always have the time or energy to do a full-blown 90s homage (like these I did before). So here’s a simple, fun, and super easy tutorial for how to sport a classic Lisa Frank look!

1. Paint your nails with a white polish. 
2. Using a makeup sponge and generous amounts of polish, paint stripes of the colors you want to use in your gradient, overlapping the colors just a bit. I went for the full gradient, using dark purple, light purple, pink, yellow, mint, and blue. Make sure your stripes are wide enough to cover the full nail when you stamp it in the next step.
3. Stamp your nail. The trick to getting a good stamp out of it is to NOT press down hard when you stamp your nail. You just want to use a light amount of pressure. This allows the polish to transfer thickly to your nail versus absorbing more into the sponge.
4. I used a cheap clear coat to smudge the colors together a bit before they dry. This just makes the ombre a bit smoother. But be careful with this step. If you work on any area too much you risk wiping away the color to reveal the white, or picking up a color on the brush and bringing it where it isn’t meant to go!
5. Using a black Migi Nail Art pen (or a nail art brush dipped in black polish), create your basic leopard print shapes. The best way I can explain to do this is to make various crooked horseshoe/“n” shapes, or sort of ( ) shapes. Mix it up, play around with the shapes - no leopards are perfect!
6. Fill in the gaps between your spots by creating dots and tiny lines.

Enjoy!

I got acrylic nails and I love how stiff they are and how much noise they make when I’m typing on my phone

Sherlock telling John to be more gentle, with a very very soft touch. Very soft.

Johns hands barely grazing sherlock’s skin, but he does so with a delicate caress. Sherlock keening, loving how johns nails drag across his skin with the lightest pressure.

Soft kisses to his neck

Gentle holding

Just v v soft

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Water Spotted Turquoise Nails: How To

This technique is related to water marbling, so if you wanna try it but you’re totally lost, look up “water marbled nails” and “water spotted nails” on YouTube.

This is much quicker and easier than it looks!

Materials:

  • Black, gold and turquoise/blue nail polish
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • A disposable plastic cup
  • A jug of water
  • A bucket
  • A roll of sticky tape
  • Tooth-picks or skewers
  • Pure alcohol in a spray bottle (I used isopropyl. I’ve heard that perfume also works well)
  • Acetone and an eyeliner brush to clean up

Method:

  • Apply base coat and turquoise nail polish.
  • Add some gold flecks using the brush that comes in the bottle.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Fill the cup with water almost to the top.
  • Get your sticky tape and cover the end of your finger to at least the first knuckle, leaving the nail showing.
  • Take the black polish and drip 3 - 4 drops onto the surface of the water, holding the brush quite close to the surface so that the drops don’t sink. The black polish should spread out to almost cover the surface of the water.
  • Take your spray alcohol and spray it once or twice into the cup. The droplets of alcohol will hit the black polish and repel it, creating holes.
  • Dip your taped finger into the water, nail-face first.
  • Without removing your dipped finger, take the skewer or similar and use it to collect up all of the excess polish still sitting on top of the water (you might have to wait for it to set; it only takes a few seconds).
  • Take your finger from the water and remove the tape. I find the tape removal to be easiest when I use tweezers.
  • After you’ve done a couple of fingers, the polish will stop spreading because of the alcohol in the water. Dump the water into the bucket and pour a fresh cup from the jug.
  • Once you’ve done all your fingers, use acetone and a brush (or whatever you find easiest) to remove all of the excess black from your fingers and cuticles.
  • Add topcoat.

Note:

  1. I got this idea from Spektor’s Nails.
  2. If you have some skin staining, I find that a short soak in a bicarb soda solution makes it easy to rub off.
  3. The turquoise is a “frankenpolish” that I mixed up myself.

More original nail art.

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HOW TO: Ruffian nails with studs.

Polishes Used

  • Base Coat - NFU Oh Aqua Base
  • Silver - SH Xtreme Wear Celeb City
  • Purple - Zoya Jem
  • Rainbow Shimmer - Max Factor Fantasy Fire
  • Top Coat - Seche Vite

Method

  1. Paint the nails silver.
  2. Add one coat of Seche Vite. This layer of topcoat makes it easier to fix any mistakes.
  3. Paint the nails purple, leaving the silver showing around the edge near the cuticle.
  4. Once the purple is dry, fix up any mistakes with silver polish and a thin brush.
  5. Add a coat of Fantasy Fire over the purple.
  6. Use tweezers to place a row of studs up the middle of the nail. Stick them straight onto the wet polish.
  7. Add topcoat.

More original nail art.