I'm a HUGE lover of gel nails but since I've been trying to do it at home my nails have become mega weak and brittle so I've decided to give them a break. One problem, plain nail varnish is boring as hell, right?
I've been playing about with different nail art techniques to try to jazz my nails up a bit and over the next few weeks I'll share the basics with you all so you can have a play around creating your own designs!
First up, stripes!
Unless you have you have the steady hand of a ninja, freehand stripes can end up a disaster!
What you'll need:
2 different coloured nail varnishes
Clear top coat
Paint your entire nail one of your chosen colours and allow to COMPLETELY dry. This is really important or the next step won't work properly!!!
Then, take a piece of sticky tape and cut it into fine strips,(size depends on how thick you want your stripes, I've gone for one thick strip) then place on your nails.
(Sorry about the picture quality, every time I used the flash you couldn't see the sticky tape!)
Once you have your tape placed where you want it, paint over it with your other varnish.......
Next peel the sticky tape off! Important: Don't let the varnish dry before you peel the tape off, do it as soon as you've painted the colour on! If not you won't get a nice straight edge!!!
Then leave to dry and apply your top coat!...........
......TA DA! Stripes made easy! The best part is it costs NOTHING! :D
Remember; you can have thinner ones, diagonal ones or you could even layer them to get a tartan effect!
Have fun! ;)
X Hayley X