I'm always looking for new nail trends to try and one that I spotted recently that really caught my attention were Black Matte French Tips. And really, it makes sense. A French Manicure is always classy and black nails are a hot trend for Fall, so why not put them together for a chic look? We love it! There are two easy ways to create this look. If you can get your hands on Layla Ceramic Softouch in Noir Touch and Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in Black Star, you can create this look in just 3 easy steps. 1. Apply a base coat of your choice. (We recommend Orly Bonder Basecoat ) 2. Apply a smooth, even layer of Layla Ceramic Softouch in Noir Touch and careful not to go outside the lines or get it on your skin! 3. Just to the tip, apply Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in Black Star. Almost everyone has a mattifying top coat like Essie Matte About You that turns any color / any nail polish brand into a unglossy, matte finish. You will need this, tape and black nail polish for the next tutorial. 1. Apply an even layer of Bella Pierre Nail Polish in Ebony on all your nails. 2. Use a small piece of tape to cover just the tips of your nails. We recommend only doing 1-2 nails at a time. 3. Polish the remaining exposed portion of the nail with a matte top coat like Butter London or Essie. 4. Carefully remove the tape towards your cuticle so that the tape comes off in one piece and doesn?? tear. It is best to remove the tape before the matte top coat dries completely so that the tape will come off easier. 5. Do steps 2-4 on your remaining nails, doing just 1-2 nails at a time. Then, voila! You have a gorgeous French mani in just a few minutes. Now wasn't that easy? Here is our picture tutorial: Thanks to The Fashionable Housewife for providing us with this awesome nail art tutorial! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too!
Continuing to prove that nail art doesn't need to be difficult, I asked Nidia from Lit From Within to recreate a nail look with a tutorial. For this nail art how to, Nidia took inspiration from A Nail Addict Named Sonia @badgirlnails. First, paint your nails with a fun glitter. Go as blingy as you like, but if it's textured, you'll probably want to put down a thick topcoat before moving on with this look. When you're using striping tape, you need to wait for your base layer to be *completely* dry. You can't fake this step. Use a fast drying topcoat if you want to hurry the process a little, but putting tape on wet polish means that the polish will stick to the tape. The key is patience! Next, apply the striping tape in the pattern desired. I'm doing accents on my ring and thumb, so I put the striping tape in a fan pattern for those, and more of a diagonal pattern for the others. After you've secured the tape (especially in the corners!) it's time for the coordinating polish. Apply it in one thick layer, making sure that it's in all the nooks and crannies of your design. As soon as you're done with one nail, gently pull off the tape. Don't let that polish dry, or it will come off in weird chunks! I like to clean up at this point. My trusty $1 ELF concealer brush dipped in acetone is perfect for this. A topcoat fixes most mistakes, smoothes out the layers, and gives you a sticky surface on which to stick your rhinestones. Use a little on the end of a dotting tool to help you move the rhinestones into place. If you want the stones to stick better, apply another coat of topcoat over the stones. And, you're done! This is a great technique that can be used to create lots of different looks. Use a base of neons under a coat of black, and you've got a laser light show! Change the direction of the tape and add studs to the center, and you can create a quilted look. If you liked this nail art, please feel free to stop by Lit From Within's Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or check out her blog, Lit From Within. Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and G+. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! Shannon on G+
With fall here I thought it the perfect time to do a leopard print refresher/inspiration. Using my newest butter LONDON collection I created a simple manicure with fall tones.
- Paint your base coat. Apply two layers if necessary.
- Using your leopard accent color, apply dots to nail.
- Create your leopard print nail by using a toothpick to dot on black leopard dots. For more in depth instructions, see here.
- Finish with a top coat and enjoy!