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10 Christmas nail art ideas to try
2 weeks ago

10 Christmas nail art ideas to try

Now it’s December, we can really bring out the Christmas nail art ideas!  I’ve got ten different Christmas themed designs that will make your nails look awesome this holiday season… Click on each image or the link to get tips and a list of polishes and tools needed to create your own!

Christmas nail art ideas

Christmas nail art ideas

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt nail art
3 weeks ago

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt nail art

I’m always looking for inspiration, and I have had this MoYou London plate for ages, which has elements of Gustav Klimt’s artwork.  The Art Nouveau artist was influenced by Byzantine artwork and mosaics, and his golden phase works are most familiar to me.  I created this Klimt nail art based on the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which is one of his most famous.

Thumbnail detail of Gustav Klimt nail art design

Thumbnail detail of Gustav Klimt nail art design

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Chevron Nails and Stylist Live London
4 weeks ago

Chevron Nails and Stylist Live London

Last weekend I went to London for two of the three days of Stylist Live.  Unintentionally, I matched my nails to the show design at Olympia, with these Chevron Nails. I’ll share some images from the show, along with my nail art, so keep on reading and scrolling!

Stylist Live at Kensington Olympia - giant glitter logo outside the show

Stylist Live at Kensington Olympia

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Fluid nail art: Sinful Colors transforming top coats
3 months ago

Fluid nail art: Sinful Colors transforming top coats

Fluid nail art is the latest trend to be adopted by nail artists.  It’s inspired by fluid art, where acrylic paint is mixed with a little silicon, before dripping or pouring it over a canvas.  The silicon helps to stop the paint from mixing, so you get little ‘cells’ of different colours appearing, and an organic forms and lines of colour from the movement of the paint.

There are a number of different techniques, using both normal polishes and some special ones.  In this case, I used the Sinful Colors transforming topcoats with regular polishes, which are designed to separate and create the cells I mentioned.  It’s definitely a more advanced nail art technique, but I found this way much less messy and less wasteful of polishes than others I’ve seen for creating fluid art. You could always limit it to one or two feature nails to make it more manageable.

Fluid nail art - left fingers

Fluid nail art – fingers

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White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle
3 months ago

White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle

It’s time to reveal what nearly 200 nail artists have been working on for our Maniswap Circle! This month we’ve focused on white and blue nail art designs in memory of Liam Kowal again. As a result, all our designs are blue and white, and some include a ribbon too.

This time I was recreating the work of Meredith from Merely Nails. I chose a stamped geometric pattern, which left me space to add a freehand ribbon.

White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle

White and blue nail art for Maniswap Circle

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Coral Ombré for Maniswap Circle
6 months ago

Coral Ombré for Maniswap Circle

To match the hot weather we’ve been having lately, I think this Coral Ombré design is perfect. It’s got a sunbleached look to it, that with the neon makes a perfect summer holiday manicure.

Sunbleached holiday manicure - coral ombré and stamping

Sunbleached holiday manicure – coral ombré and stamping

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Picture Polish Orchid perfect summer polish
6 months ago

Picture Polish Orchid perfect summer polish

It’s finally warm in the UK, spring is giving way to summer, apart from the past couple of days which were more like November! My summer dresses are out, and I want some bright, pretty nails to go with them! I had my eyes on plenty of summer polishes in yesterday’s best of nail polish post, so Picture Polish Orchid is perfect for right now.

Picture Polish Orchid swatch

Picture Polish Orchid swatch

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Rose Gold nail polish nail art stamping 
6 months ago

Rose Gold nail polish nail art stamping 

This design was a recent contribution to the Maniswap Circle challenge, where I recreate another nail artist’s work in a different colour. This month I worked on a design from Donna, using Rose Gold nail polish.

Rose Gold nail polish Cirque Halcyon

Rose Gold nail polish Cirque Halcyon

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Worker Bee nail art for Manchester stamping decals
7 months ago

Worker Bee nail art for Manchester stamping decals

The events in Manchester last week really shocked me. The audience for an Ariana Grande concert are young people and children, their parents, so it felt particularly callous to me.  It’s part of my job to react and deal publicly with these sort of things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a serving police officer or anything, but I did spend the whole day working on reacting professionally to the bombing, so when I got home all the emotions got to me at once.   I decided to add a Worker Bee for Manchester to my nails, to show my respect and support in my own way.

Worker Bee nail art for Manchester

Worker Bee nail art for Manchester

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Glitter Mermaid Tail Nail Art Mint Green
8 months ago

Glitter Mermaid Tail Nail Art Mint Green

Yes, I know this is another green manicure. I’ve honestly been trying to do something different, but this isn’t really my fault. This Mermaid Tail Nail Art is part of this month’s Maniswap challenge, and the prompt was mint green.

I based it on a design from Jane, who is known as Foxxy Nails on Instagram and has a YouTube channel too.

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