Up until now my attempts at DIY nail art have been solely confined to a glitter accent nail, or rocking a set of Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects (amaze!). As a person who is so clumsy she regularly trips over her own feet – it’s true! – fiddly designs on small surfaces have always seemed beyond my reach. It’s one of those beauty bits that I’m just crap at – like fake tanning, false lashes, or any hair style more complicated than a topknot. We talked recently about our beauty obsessions – well, these are my beauty nemeses!
But I’ve been inspired by the mad skillz and have-a-go attitude of ladies like Lynnie and Sue to stop being such a wojus scaredy cat and to break out of my comfort zone a bit. Recently I used self tan – it was wash off, but still – and this weekend I turned my hand (geddit? hand?) to a bit of aul’ nail art.
To create my masterpiece I picked up some reinforcement rings in Easons and a couple of bottles of nail art paint in my local chemist’s for around two quid a pop. These ones are by Essence and LA Colour.
Mavala Super Base; Sally Hansen 4-in-1 and Bandage nail colour; nail art paint from Essence and LA Colour
While it’s not perfect by any means (I should have been more patient waiting for the base coat to dry before going in with the sticky rings), I’m kinda chuffed with how it turned out anyway. I went for a simple nude and black half moon mani with silver glitter accents – I think it has an art deco kinda vibe. The nude I used is Sally Hansen’s Bandage but have a look at this post for some other great suggestions.
Let me know what you think – but be gentle, now. Fancy giving this easy peasy look a bash? And tell us, what’s your beauty nemesis?
For some more accomplished nail art designs jump straight to the category here.