Monday, 5 November 2012

Mani Monday: Colour Blocking Mani

Hi you gorgeous peeps!

I decided to embrace the colour blocking trend and let it splash out all over my nails! I also used fabulously, fun summer colours for this colour blocking mani and utilised the dotting technique.

I used x1 coat Sally Hansen Instant Strength, x2 coats Essence Ulitmate Pink on ring and index finger nails, x2 coats Essence Wake up! on the remaining nails, Rimmel Heart on Fire for nail art and Essence Studio Nails Better than Gel Nails Top Sealer as a topcoat. You too can be sporting this trending mani, read on!

You will need:

  • Base coat nail polish
  • Two different base colour nail polishes (I used orange and pink…on point colour blocking picks!)
  •  Red nail polish for additional dotting nail art
  • An orangewood stick / dotting tool
  • Scrap piece of paper
  • Toothpick
  • Top coat nail polish

  • Method:

    1) Apply base coat nail polish to all nails, wait for it to dry completely

    2) Apply x2 coats of pink nail polish to ring and index nails and x2 coats of orange nail polish to the remaining nails, wait for it to dry completely

    3) You are now ready to start with the nail art on your nails! Pour a small bit of orange nail polish (if working on ring & index nails) onto a piece of paper, using the orangewood stick dip the sharp end into the orange pool of nail polish and then carefully apply a small dot onto your nail. I found the easiest way to get the dotting design is to first dot on a big “L” shape on outter edge of half of your nail

    4) Once you have done this, go and add in some extra dots to then create a triangle shape in the corner of your nail. I did the triangle at the bottom left corner of my nails on the accent nails (ring and index finger) and the triangle on the opposite side for all the other nails (the triangle was then on the upper right hand side). Just remember that when you are dotting on your base design colour!

    5) Continue with steps 3-4 on all nails, remembering to alternate the base dotting colour (for the pink nails use the orange nail polish to make the dots and on the orange nails use the pink nail polish to make the dots). Once you have completed the base colour dots, wait for the dots to dry completely

    Step 1 (remember to complete the triangle though!)

    6) Once the previous set of dots are dry, you can now pour a small pool of red nail polish and using a toothpick (it creates small enough dots that will fit into the bigger dots), dip the toothpick into the red nail polish and carefully place a small red dot inside the all the pink and orange bigger dots. Continue with this until all nails have red dots within the bigger orange and pink dots. You should have 2 dots now within each other in the pattern (a base dot in pink or  orange with a smaller red dot in it)

    Step 2 (remember to complete the triangle though!)
     7)  To create the dotting technique, remember it's a 2 stage process. Dot on the orange/pink big dots, wait for it to dry, then dot the smaller red dots with a toothpick
    8) Wait for nail art to dry completely and then apply top coat
    9) Be totally stoked you are sporting the latest colour blocking trend in a unique way, on your nails! :)

    Have you been rocking the colour blocking trend, if so, how and in which colours ?
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      1. Thanks so much Tara! Loved your Julep mani this week :)

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      1. Ah, thanks Amy! Your gold flake mani this week was stunning! I n.e.e.d that gold flake polish stat, it's so pretty!

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      1. Thanks so much!! Your mani was to die for, I totes loved everything about it! :)

    4. This is so cute! I have a very unsteady hand and I can never get these cute nail art right.

      PS - I was directed to your blog from beauty bulletin :) Pls check out my blog too.

      1. Thanks so much! Trust me when I started doing nail art I didn't have the steadiest hands either but keep at it, the practice def helps! You have such an awesome nail polish collection! I just popped by your blog and adore it, will def keep reading! Thanks so much for stopping by mine! :)