I made a tutorial! I hope this is something that possibly helps people, because I know some people said they wanted to try out my stippling gradient nails.
Okay, so words to go with the pictures:
First you need to paint your nails with which ever color you like. In my original nails I chose a black base, but I like white much better. Then, using a tiny dotting tool (or a needle, possibly a toothpick, I used a #18/0 spotter brush) make a bunch of dots near the tip of your nail, so many that barely any of the base color shows through. You can use nail polish for this, but I chose to use acrylic paint. After that keep working in sections, using less and less dots and making the sections ever so slightly bigger until you reach your cuticle. If you have long nails you could probably stop before the cuticle, or you could just make the sections bigger. I like to do four sections, but you could do more or less depending on how gradual you want the gradient.
If there’s any confusion please let me know and I’ll try to clarify!
Pucci-inspired with China Glaze White on White, Recycle, Concrete Catwalk, Dance Baby, Sweet Hook and Aquadelic
Dots - Butter London Victoriana, Orly Luxe and OPI It’s My Year
the cream base color is RGB - VELLUM
inspired by a mini notebook i saw in staples.. if i knew i was actually going to do this i probably would have bought the notebook!
color club-french tip
color club-where’s the soiree
Colors: Lira (Borghese), Brownstone (China Glaze), Little Brown Dress (Essie), Hey Sailor (China Glaze)
I’ve been catching up on Pretty Little Liars episodes, and I realized those chicas have some really fun nail art! Naturally, tutorial brain took over. Hanna’s leopard print manicure in “Let the Water Hold Me Down” (episode 16 in season 2 of Pretty Little Liars) is really easy to recreate!
Start by painting all your nails with a base coat. Then, use a creme like Hey Sailor (China Glaze) to paint some of your nails a solid red color. If you look at Hanna’s nails, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the way her nails are painted, so don’t stress about which nails are red, and which ones aren’t.
Use a gold foil like Lira (Borghese) to paint the nails that will have the leopard print pattern. Once that is dry, use my leopard print tutorial to finish the look. Use a coppery bright brown like Brownstone (China Glaze) to plop on leopard spots. Then, with a dotting tool or toothpick, use a dark brown like Little Brown Dress (Essie) to draw parenthesis-like shapes around the spots. Lastly, fill in the extra gaps between your leopard spots with small dots/blobs. Check out the full leopard print tutorial for more detailed directions.
Once all your nails are dry, seal everything in with your favorite top coat!
If you’ve noticed any nail art looks on Pretty Little Liars that you want to recreate on your own nails, let me know (in the comments or via the ask box) which episode the nail art is in, and I’ll see what I can do about a tutorial. Even better is if you can point me to a screencap of a particular nail art design!