I have never been a "girly-girl" per se. I like to go shopping and have fun with my appearance, but I am not high maintenance in any way. I am fine with no makeup and roll out of bed hair. Total benefit of short hair, by the way. I am also cheap. Very cheap. I don't like to pay for things I can figure out myself. I usually cut my own hair, always dye it myself, and really don't pay for someone else to take care of my personal appearance in any way. Oh, and have I mentioned I don't like being touched? I've had one mani pedi and I literally freaked on the lady when she started massaging my legs. My personal space was invaded, and I was not okay with it.
It had been nearly a year since I had painted my nails. This photo was the last time, and just look how excited I was. I think that was probably the first time I had painted my nails in a good 5 years. Recently though, I decided to start painting and doing my own nails. It all started when I was helping a friend find her next nail design. She is actually a licensed nail artist, so her own nails are always elaborate and eye catching.
As I browsed through pinterest I thought, I could probably do some of these and jokingly said I would get some One Direction nails. Then that turned into a challenge. I quick search of youtube and google for some designs and I was ready. Here is the that very first attempt.
|Not too bad for my first try. Now to perfect the art of clean up.|
These nails were ambitious for a first attempt because I decided to add actual images, but not all of my designs required printing and applying a picture. My next nails were of course...
I have turned to pinterest for inspiration when I just don't know what to do next, and that's where the next idea came from. I have always loved The Nightmare Before Christmas, heck, it was the theme of my wedding. So, why not accessorize my fingertips with it?
|The Nightmare Before Christmas nails with Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington.|
This was another freehand design with my homemade striper. I just looked at my reference photos and took my time. That's the biggest part to nail design. TIME! As a full-time working mom, that is something I don't have a lot of. I tend to do my nails after everyone has gone to bed. Nap time will work if I'm keeping it simple, but it usually cuts things pretty close and I end up with smooshed or smeared polish.
|Tattoos inspired nails. "Tuff Stuff'|
I once again turned to google for a reference on traditional tattoo lettering and got to work. The nail art pen worked nicely, and I drew that gun with my right hand! (I'm left handed) These nails were nap time nails, so they were a bit rushed. I have lots of ideas for more tattoo style nails that are more elaborate, keep an eye out on my instagram for those. My latest are a bit tatooesque, actually.
|I was feeling festive, so I did Cinco De Mayo sugar skull nails.|
1. Paint your nails the desired base color and let dry completely. Do not use top coat yet on the nails you will be adding an image to.
2. Perform a google image search to find suitable images for your nails. Make sure it is something that lends itself to the shape of your nail. Or, cut out of a magazine if it's already the perfect nail size.
Print your image onto regular paper. You can buy clear sticker paper, which would make things even easier, but again, I'm cheap. Be sure to your settings are to print images actual size, not fit to page.
Gently bend the cut out image to create a curve that will fit your nail. Just a slight bend, no creases. It will fit your nail better than a flat piece of paper.