Hello Wanderers! I know, I know- I came back and then left- wtheck right? Well, I got extremely sick for over a week and it was no good at all. I missed bringing in 2014, so Happy New Year to you all. I have many plans for 2014, as I am sure do most of you. I will begin classes towards my license this year. Yes, this is a must happen. I am also going to push myself with my designs. Not be so plain Jane anymore. It is time for true expression and finding my style, developing as an artist and brand. No more being afraid of how people may perceive me, I am an artist and I will not apologize for my love of bling and all things big. C’mon, I am a Jersey girl at heart!
Ok, we are ready for nails!! This was an exciting and fun mani to do, I started plain and then the next day added the extra flare that I felt was missing. Some of you may have already seen the posting on Instagram earlier today. Hey- I was happy with the work and the process, had to share:)
To start, I used Revlon Quick Dry base coat on all my clean nails. Once dry, I painted four fingers- excluding the pointer, with a beautiful metallic green Julep nail polish called Celia. Let me tell you ladies, this formula is perfect. One coat coverage and the shine- Lord have mercy! On my pointer, I used two creamy coats of Nailtini nail polish in Champagne. I received this polish in my November ipsy bag. Which really made me happy- always wanted a Nailtini and now my little heart is content 🙂
Once my base colors dried, I went to work on the nail art. First, I used several Ciate foils on my thumb to create an “oil painting”. I will post a tutorial soon on how to apply foils. Then, for my pointer, I cut one strip of SinfulColors nail strips in half. I used their Fishnet design because I wanted a seductive look for this mani. After cutting the strip in half, I placed it part way down my nail and made sure to press down firmly. Using a brush on nail glue, I made two lines, one along the top of the nail strip and the other along the outside free edge. Quickly, I added small rhinestones to form a chain and one larger jade/green gem in the corner before the glue dried. Both nails topped with Seche Vite.
Next I did my ring finger. This is my favorite. The bling finger. The center of attention. I covered my nail with brush on nail glue and allowed it to become tacky. Then I added random gems and rhinestones to cover most of my nail. I wanted to add more but the pieces were moving around on me alot, need to practice this technique more. Once all glitz were set in placed I dabbed Seche Vite top coat throughout to give it shine and some added security.
For my pinky (pictured in the first two photos up there ^) I used a nail sticker with gems already attached- yep semi-homemade nails baby. I placed it in the top left corner of the nail extending down toward the inner right free edge.
On my middle finger (pictured in the first two photos up there ^ too) I used a dotting tool, and a small brush to create a necklace. Very easy to do, simply start where you want the center of your necklace to be and work your way upward with a slight curve to your desired “length”, do the same on the other side of the nail. Using your stripping brush create two lines near the center of the necklace, each line going downward and out. Once dry, drop nail glue onto the necklace dots you just created and add one caviar bead to the center of each dot. At the center of the necklace add a drop of nail glue and one large gem of your choice. On each side of the gem add a drop of nail glue and one smaller gem. Allow glue to dry. Top with Seche Vite.
I had a lot of fun making creating this festive, fearless and fun mani. Hope you all like and I would love to hear what you think of this new Wanderland design. I did take a lot of inspiration from the great manicurists of Ingstgram to create this look. What a wanderful community of talented women and men.
fake it till you make it, please