Photo from fuckyeahmiumiu
For my nails this week, I wanted to do something a bit more creative with some gentle colors...you know the whole Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men thing. I got this inspiration from fuckyeahmiumiu tumbler page. At first, I thought that I would never ever be able to pull something like this off, but then I thought about ways to simplify the birds and it turned out to not be that hard.
Step 1: Put on your base coat. As mentioned in previous posts, I always use Quimaca Alemana Esmalte Endurecedor para Unas, which makes my nails super strong. You can purchase it here. I swear by this base coat.
Step 2: Paint your primary color. I used a light light pink. I purchased this while I was in Serbia and unfortunately the bottle doesn't have a name on it. But any light pink will do! The color I used was very neutral and I love how gentle and delicate it is.
Step 3: Using a nail art brush, paint the birds with a black color. I used NYC's Black Lace Creme (119) from my previous Manicure of the Week post. My nail art brush is from Sally Beauty Supply. It was incredibly cheap, and has a dotting tool on the other end (picture below). You can purchase a similar one here. I apologize for not taking more step-by-step photos of my bird attempts, but let me try to explain the drawing process. First draw the body and the tail. It should look very close to an upside down "Y". Then draw the wings, which are just half circles protruding from the tip of the "Y". Finally, add a dot above the wing and a little line for the beak. My biggest suggestion here is to just go for it. Move slowly and build up the shape. Also, go with a more liquid-y nail polish. The black polish I used is older and was way to thick. I ended up having to pat it on and the image is not as smooth as I would have hoped it to be. It is time to retire this black and get a new one.
Step 4: Using a dotting tool (or a nail art brush, or even a toothpick or safety pin) paint three white dots at the cuticle. I thought this was a great way to imitate the pearls and jewels in the inspiration photo. The color I used is Break the Ice (202B) from Wet N Wild, which you can also see reviewed here. An amazing color!
Step 4: Allow to dry and finish with a top coat. Mine is Spoiled's X-Ray Vision (S001), but as I mentioned previously I switch my top coats up a lot and usually have no strong opinion towards which brand I use.
I hope this tutorial made sense and I strongly encourage you to try it! It is much easier than it looks and in the worst case scenario, you can always bust out the nail-polish remover and try again! I would love to see your versions of this. You can tweet or instagram your photos tagging to my name, or post a link below.
Also, don't hesitate to comment, suggest, critique, etc.
Good luck in your nail art!