Ok, so you all know by now that I do love a little bit of an outlandish nail art; the more garish/fierce the better in my books. But sometimes the situation may call for a bit of how should we say a more toned down look. I remember a job where I was told off for wearing hot pink nail polish – it wasn’t in keeping with the yellow and navy staff uniform. Some people firms just have no taste.
So my tutorial for this week is for those situations where subtly is key but bland is never the answer and for that you need the statement nail.
As you may have guessed nail jewels are going to be making an appearance in this tutorial so here is a list of what you will need: Two complementary nail colours. I went for a bright red/orange and gold. For this you need to make sure that the colour on your statement nails should match/complement the colour of our gems.
Here’s what I used:
Essie Nails Ole Calente Leighton Denny Goldfinger.
Not included in the photo is some SV topcoat, a gem picker and some nail jewels.
First of all prep your nails with a good quality base coat to prevent any staining on your natural nail. Then, apply tow coats of your colour of choice. I used Essie’s Ole Caliente from their new spring range. Remember to paint all fingers apart from your statement nail! Then, apply two coats of your contrasting colour to your statement nails. As I was going for a be-jewelled look I went for Leighton Denny’s Goldfinger ( quite apt don’t cha think?) Once you are done your fingers should look like this…
Whilst the nail polish on your ring finger is still drying take your nail gems. After many attempts at this I find it easier to tip some out into the palm of my hand and using a gem picker (its amazing what you can find on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nail-Picker-Upper-Silver-small/dp/B002J7BR1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332865242&sr=8-1) pick up the gems and stick them on to your nail. Because the nail polish is still tacky they should just stick on to the nail. Don’t worry if the gems don’t go on super neat you just want to make sure that you have good coverage over the whole of the nail.
Then once you have stuck all of your nails on apply a generous top coat to seal the gems onto the nail.
And you are done. Ready to rock the statement nail Art for every occasion.