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Hello lovelies,

I've got another post for the ABC Challenge (yes, I know I've been slacking!) where I'll be exploring the uses of coloured cellophane. It won't be the pretty pearlescent cellophane used for shattered glass nails but equally cool metallic gold one! I've cut out half moons and stuck them on the nails, creating a very chic look.

First up is a load of photos because I just couldn't narrow them down much more, I love photos with flowers! :D

ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge
ABC Challenge: H is for Half-Moon | Nail Art Challenge

 

 

I started with two coats of Models Own GlitterGel Petunia Glitz (for some reason this colour was part of last year's holiday collection) and one coat of topcoat to smooth out the surface. Then I've applied a nail foil glue to where I wanted my gold half-moons to be. You could also use topcoat or clear polish. Then I applied the gold foil pieces and sealed with another coat of topcoat.


It took me ages to cut the gold half-moon shapes so that they would fit my nail beds well. Thinking about it now, I would probably take a bit of translucent plastic, draw the shape of the half-moon following my nail bed and then use it as a template.

 

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and are perhaps thinking of joining the ABC Challenge. You can read everything about the challenge in this post from Emily from Nail Polish Society, who is hosting it :)

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

Hello lovelies,

 

Have you spotted the new hot trend - BRACELET NAILS yet? I did and I want to show you how you can create this nail art yourself using nail polish, string (thread) and embellishments. I love trying out new styles and I think my new nail shapes suits this one a lot!

 

I've recreated a natural looking bracelet nails by @nail_unistella, a fabulous Korean nail artist! By the way - this same nail artist(s) has also created the shattered glass nails look!

 

Here's how my nails turned out:

 

Bracelet Nails DIY Tutorial - How to create your own bracelet nails with nail polish, strings and studs
Bracelet Nails DIY Tutorial - How to create your own bracelet nails with nail polish, strings and studs
Bracelet Nails DIY Tutorial - How to create your own bracelet nails with nail polish, strings and studs

 

The original bracelet nails are done with sewing threads/strings and embellishments encapsulated in gel. This is certainly the best way to get a long wear out of this design but I know most of you (and I) don't really wear gel nails so I have tested out this trend using nail polish. I'm still wearing these nails 3 days later as I'm writing this post and apart from one small stud everything is still on.

 

Similar design can also be achieved by painting lines on the nails instead of applying the strings but it just doesn't look as 'real' and authentic to me. It's still pretty and nice alternative though.

 

Bracelet Nails DIY Tutorial - How to create your own bracelet nails with nail polish, strings and studs
Bracelet Nails DIY Tutorial - How to create your own bracelet nails with nail polish, strings and studs
Bracelet Nails DIY Tutorial - How to create your own bracelet nails with nail polish, strings and studs

 

Products used:

Sewing thread/string
Cuticle nippers/scissors
Tweezers
OPI Barre My Soul
Hollow triangle embellishments
Circle wreath stud
Mini triangles
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Seche Vite topcoat
Mini dot studs

 

I've prepared a video tutorial on how to create these nails so I hope you'll find it useful:

 

 

 

TIPS:

  • Choose strings/threads that don't have 'fluf' around them. The strings should be smooth and without fibres sticking out
  • Let the nail polish base dry properly or seal it with fast-drying top coat before adding strings and embellishments. This will prevent the nail polish underneath to be ruined if you have to move the strings and studs around
  • Tweezers will be your best friend - make sure you have a pair handy to be able to handle the string and tiny studs and hold them down while the polish is drying
  • Keep it small and simple - minimalist look seems to suit this style the best as do small studs and embellishments. Big pieces might disrupt the look (yes, I do regret using that big circle piece!)
  • Use two coats of top coat and apply it well around the embellishments to secure them - this will help them to stay on longer

 

 

So what do you think of this new trend - will you be trying it? Did you find my tutorial and tips helpful? Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x