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Did my nails today; used orange and red (although they look pink and neon) to make them fall-ish. Halfway through I realized that I've done the same design before but with pink and green! I marbled the colors with a tiny dotting tool. I like that it's psychadelic but prettier than water marbling, which I am personally not a fan of. Keep it classy! Allie

Did some nail art today for the first time in a while. I used some more subdued colors in preparation for fall and put a matte top coat on some metallic polish for a velvety effect. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome... And painting my nails was very relaxing. :)

Cool thing about this design- I had no idea what I wanted to do so I started painting on my favorite color and this idea just came to me!

I redid my nails today in celebration of summer. The design isn’t even that summery, but it is pretty colorful and cool. Here’s the finished product:

Acid

 

Isn’t it cool?? I’ve been wanting to try the cutout trend, but I wanted to do something cool for the colored part. I was inspired by something I saw online a while ago that I believe was modeled after acid wash. It looks like the color is being washed away by acid. Since it was a pretty complicated process, I thought I’d include a mini tutorial.

The first step is to paint a few coats of clear polish, but only if you plan on doing the cutouts.

bare

Next paint at least three layers of nail polish. I did five: orange, green, red, yellow, and blue. Try to pick a good variety of warm and cool colors, and make sure they will stand out against each other. If you want to do cutouts, keep the shapes in mind. Notice that the edges aren’t exactly clean– the striping tape will cover that up.

layers

 

Now add the striping tape to the edges…

strips

 

And finally, the fun part. Dip a cotton swab in some nail polish remover and rub it on your nails to wear away the top layers of polish. You can go to different layers and of course make different shapes. This would be easier without cutouts, but I really like the final product. I also like that some spots kind of look like zombie gashes, but that’s just me.

Acid

 

It’s like a rainbow!

 

Until next time,

-Allie

 

Today I tried doing a matte manicure with a semi-DIY method. Instead of buying or making matte polish, I just painted on some regular polish and held it over some steam from a pot of boiling water (thanks to Michelle Phan for the instructions). The effect worked but they ended up really messy, so I basically covered it all up with stickers. I think it looks cute and springy. Keep it classy -Allie