Saturday 3 November 2012

First Autumn Style NOTD


So as most of you may know, I have a pretty bad nail polish addiction (I did a stock take of them the other day and I have 219 nail polishes. Who needs that many?!) Anyway, it should come as no surprise that I like to read nail polish blogs and like to get inspiration from them too. So when I saw this nail art on Lucy's Stash I fell a little bit in love! (Quick side note - aren't her nails amazing?! I wish I could handle having nails that long!) Now then, as much as I would love to have recreated that exactly, I don't actually have those sorts of colours really ( I NEED to get a red-y bronze colour for my stash right?? Haha!) so I had a little look at what I've got and picked some of my favourite colours for my own autumn themed nail art....

The colours I used (from left to right):

Beauty UK Glam Nails in No. 53 Golden Chestnut - Love this bronze and the small price tag of it too! Such good quality - I've never been disappointed by a Beauty UK nail polish. I highly recommend them!
Barry M Nail Paint in 289 Gold - I'll be honest, I hate wearing gold by itself. I don't know why I have so many! But this one is lovely for nail art and isn't too yellow for my liking.
Rimmel Lasting Finish in 239 Your Majesty - I LOVE this nail polish so very very much! This is my third bottle of this stuff as I use it for everything. I love it just on it's own too. Just an absolute winner of a nail polish for me!

Not pictured - Rommel 60 Seconds in Black Cab (I've put this down somewhere safe and I have no idea where it is! I only used it last night too! I'm clearly losing it...) - This is my go to black nail polish. It's completely black (no undertone of anything else) and dries really quickly. It's really good for nail art too.

So what I did:

Painted two coats of the bronze colour first. 
Then waited for it to mostly dry. 
Next up came the gradient stamping of the gold. Now then, I'm lazy so what I do is paint the nail polish directly onto my sponge and go from there. I know some people drip polish onto a surface and then dip their sponge in, but I really am super lazy and don't like a huge amount of mess, so I go for the easy option!
Sponge the gold from tip to about 2/3 of the way down. Repeat for all nails.
Then repeat with the silver colour from tip to 1/3 of the way down your nail and repeat for all nails.

Then I get a straw and paint the black onto the end of the straw (Again, some people drip the black onto a surface and dip the straw in...but did I mention how lazy I am??) and then blow the nail polish onto your nail. It's like blow pen art but for your nails! 

This technique can be a bit messy but you can tape up your nails so it's not so bad....or do what I do and just do a clean up with nail polish remover afterwards.

And here's my lovely right hand.

I like how unpredictable this style of nail art is and I love trying it with different colours underneath. I think the gradient under it really works and looks really quite effective.

What do you guys think? Any recommendations for different colours? Any nail blogs that you can recommend at all?? And any red-y bronze nail polishes that you can point my towards?? I'll be lusting after a colour like that for a while now....(

Until next time,

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