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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Spring Nail Art

Spring has well and truly sprung in the South of the UK and I cannot deny that my thoughts have already turned to Summer.  I am currently serving a long term work placement as a receptionist and as I am not nursing I can have my nails painted :)

I do love a bit of nail art, but there is nothing more depressing than spending hours on a design and then having to remove it the next day for work :(  The last few weeks have allowed me to enjoy some cutsie, easy ideas that are definitely inspired by Spring (and the colour pink!).

Polka Dot Pink



I am a big fan of polka dots and this isn't the first time I have done this design, it is a firm favourite.  But this is the first time I have used pink and white together (inspired by my Harajuku doll).

  • Start with the base coat in your preferred colour and apply two thin coats
  • Make sure to wait until your polish is completely dry before moving on
  • Use the end of a paintbrush dipped in white acrylic paint (really makes the white pop) to create dots on your nails
  • Once fully dry seal with a clear coat of varnish 


Contrasting French Tip 



I dream of beautiful white tipped nails, but the reality is my nails are in too poor a condition to achieve this look.  I have to say though that this contrasting version could be my new favourite - I chose pink and purple as I love the combination and think it is reminiscent of spring blooms!

  • Start with the base coat in your preferred colour and apply one medium coat
  • Make sure to wait until your polish is completely dry before moving on
  • Using tweezers carefully apply french tip strips across your nails
  • Gently press down to make sure the edge is fully closed
  • Apply a medium coat in your chosen contrasting shade across the tip, being careful not to go over the strip
  • After 90 seconds, carefully peel away the strip
  • Touch up any areas that may be needed
  • Once fully dry (may take quite some time) seal with a clear polish

Nail Stickers


Sometimes I just don't have enough time to do an intricate nail art design, but I still want something a bit more special than plain polish - this is when I use nail stickers.   Just over a year ago I became a little obsessed with nail stickers, you can literally pick up a set of 30 for under 10p on ebay.

  • Start with the base coat in your preferred colour and apply two thin coats
  • Make sure to wait until your polish is completely dry before moving on
  • Using tweezers remove your sticker from the sheet and carefully position on your nail
  • Press down firmly
  • Seal with a clear polish
If you're a fan of the cute Harajuku dolls in the pictures, they are the original set from Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers perfume range.  The scent is quite florally and sweet, perfect for me ;)  Even if I wasn't a fan of the perfume, these dolls are so cute I would just buy the bottles to display =D


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