Black x Neon

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Hey everyone, happy hump day! Today I have short post featuring a manicure done using Born Pretty Store studs.

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So I did these nails for Saturday as I went to Zouk for the first time, which is a rather popular club in Singapore, especially among the teenagers.

I used a base of The Face Shop BK901, a gorgeous black polish with duochrome shimmer — although I’ve recently spotted some flashes of fuschia/red aside from the usual purple to blue, so I’m not really sure what to call it anymore! The studs are from the Born Pretty Store and I purchased the full wheel of neon nail art studs. It comes with a variety of colours and you can check it out here.

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I chose the less bright colours for the studs this time round, as I wanted it to sort of match my dress which I wore that night, which was white with black geometric triangles and patterns. This is also why I did my ring finger and thumb nail in a triangular and v-shape respectively with the studs. (:

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I’ve heard that the studs glow under UV light, but I unfortunately couldn’t put them to the test! ): I have a feeling the brighter colours would glow better under the light though!

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Tuesday Tutorials: tulip nails

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Hey everyone~ Wow okay the first thing I realised when I logged into WordPress was that the outlook of the dashboard changed! :O Even though nothing much has been moved, I’m still trying to get used to it. 😛 Anyone feeling the same?

Today’s tutorial is on creating tulip nails.

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This pattern is actually inspired by a Japanese nail salon design, called atelier + LIM if I’m not wrong! Although they do everything in gels, some are able to be recreated with normal polish. Here‘s their website, although it’s entirely in Japanese.

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On to the tulip design! (:

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As always, apply a base coat to your natural nail. You definitely do not want any possible staining!

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Here I’ve used Essence Nude Glam 01 Hazelnut Cream Pie as I wanted a more neutral look. You could also choose to have semi-naked nails and therefore skip this step!

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I usually outline using a gel pen as it helps make my lines more accurate. I used a white uniball Signo gel pen in order to achieve this.

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The tulip’s stem/base basically consists of geometric shapes. Its leaves are like two parallelograms/ rhombuses, while the stem is just a straight line. I went over a few times with my black uniball Signo 0.38 gel pen in order to achieve a bold look for emphasis.

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This part is pretty self-explanatory! ^^ If you’re using a dotting tool, use the smaller end of it and slowly dot to create the outline of the flower. Then fill in with ease with the bigger end of a dotting tool. As previously mentioned, you could also use the back of a pencil/paintbrush/the flat end of a toothpick if you do not have a dotting tool.

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I used a black and gold uniball Signo gel pen for the dots. You can choose any polish colour of your choice for the dots. (:

And that’s the finished look! Remember to top coat after waiting for awhile in order to seal in your design.

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I guess this tutorial can be classified for beginner nail art? What do you guys think? (:

xinyu~

Tuesday Tutorial- some tribal/geometric doodles on nails

 

 

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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! (:

For those readers new to this blog, welcome!♥

So instead of a Tuesday Talk as I did for two weeks, today is a Tuesday Tutorial. This is my first time doing tutorials…so feedback is much appreciated.

I have some tribal/geometric doodle nails today, done on a swatch stick.

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^combined collage.

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This step is necessary as it protects your natural nail. Also protects from some element of staining, if any, if you use a darker base.

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I used O.P.I My Vampire Is Buff as I wanted a more cream/neutral look as the base.

Please note: it is not as dark as the photo suggests, this photo was unfortunately taken late at night, and it gave the appearance of a darker, almost flesh tone.

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I used a black Uniball Signo 0.38 gel pen for this step, as I find that with gel pens, it is easier to draw certain lines. It is also a really cheap and quick way to create lovely nails, as gel pens will not smudge with top coat.

More advanced polishaholics can use a striper, but then again, you wouldn’t need this tutorial as you would be more professional than I am! ^^

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I used those gel pens as pictured above. I also tested out the ink on the paper shown. Sometimes, the ink may not run as smoothly so it is handy to have some paper around.

Used:

  • metallic purple/pink pen from Franc Franc
  • uniball signo 0.38 pen in silver
  • uniball signo 0.38 pen in black

Alternatively, you could use a toothpick/dotting tool to dot in polishes of your choice. (:

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If you used gel pens, remember to wait awhile before applying top coat- you don’t want to risk ruining your design! (This is just to be on the safe side.)

And you have some random tribal/geometric nails!

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What I like about gel pens is that if you’re bored in lecture/at work (just don’t get caught), this is a good way to pass time. ^^

Also, sorry about not placing the swatch stick closer to my cuticles, I had to cover up the polish on my index finger!

♥, xinyu