I cannot tell you how excited the 1st of September makes me every year. I may have been born in winter but I am totally a Spring/Summer girl! I think it might have something to do with growing up on the East Coast and therefore, never having a real winter.
The reason I love Spring is because the world seems to come alive again. Everything is greener, brighter and happier! As part of my new blog plan (which you shall hear about tomorrow) Saturdays are now going to be reserved for the finer things in life... fashion, food, travel, etc. And so, in celebration of Spring and fashion, I've found some exciting ways to bring Spring colours to your manicures! :D These take some time to get right but once you have, I promise it'll all be worth it!
The Ombre Stain Mani
You will need: 3-4 gradient nail polish colors (dark to light and all in the tonal family), a clear top coat, a triangle makeup sponge, a cup of water, a piece of paper for blotting the polish, a paint brush + nail polish remover for clean up.
1. Unscrew the lids of your 3 or 4 gradient colors so they’re ready to go. Be careful not to knock them over! Here I used because I was feeling very mermaid inspired.
2. Get a little cup of water and soak your triangle makeup sponge. Squeeze the sponge out about 80% leaving it damp but not wet. This will keep the polish from soaking up too quickly.
3. Apply a single line of the darkest color toward the edge of your sponge. The first time, I went over the line twice so that there was enough polish to transfer to the nail.
4. Next, use the second darkest color and make another line above that one. Coat it twice also. Keep going until you build up your 3-4 colors. NOTE: you want to work somewhat quickly so the polish doesn’t dry out.
5. Dab your sponge on a piece of paper and you’ll see the colors together but not quite blended.
6. Bounce it up and down in the same spot a few times and you’ll see how the separation of colors disappears and they become blended!
7. Line the tip of the sponge up with the tip of your nail and when you’re ready, give it a med-firm press. Bounce it up and down a couple times in that spot. DON’T BE SCARED that you’re going to mess it up because you’re not. If you keep it in the same general spot it will be just fine. It doesn’t have to be exact. If it’s a little off each time you bounce it up and down that’s actually good because it blends the colors even more.
8. Re-apply a line of each polish color to the sponge for every nail. If you work quickly, you can probably re-apply polish to the sponge for every other nail.
9. Now you have pretty polish but a mess around your nails.
10. Take a little polish remover + a paint brush and clean up the sides and aroud the cuticles.
11. Apply a top coat once the ombre has dried completely. The top coat will also make it appear more blended.
The Faded Floral Mani
You will need: Nail polish remover, 4 small paint brushes, a plate or something to put your polish drops on, a white nail polish + 3 of your favorite polish colors that look good together.
1. Place a dot of each color on your plate. Also fill your nail polish remover cap with nail polish remover. The colors above are American Apparel “Angeline” and “The Valley + Wet & Wild “Club Havana”.
2. Paint the base of your nails with something light and wait until they dry completely. I used Alpine Snow by O.P.I.
3. Dip one of your small paint brushes in the nail polish remover and use it to dilute the polish drops. You want to add a few drops of polish remover in the nail polish until it starts to look thin and “stain-like”.
4. Then using a dabbing motion, create abstract flower shapes on each nail. Leave room for the other colors too.
5. Use your other brushes to dilute the other colors the same way. Don’t mix your brushes in different colors!
6. Apply the other colors. Create as many abstract flowers as you want. Don’t stress about the shape. Some of the messy flowers ended up being my favorite!
7. Now take a drop of the white paint from your base coat and dilute that using nail polish remover, just like you did with the other polishes.
8. Apply a VERY thin dot of white on the center of each flower. If you diluted it enough, it will slowly spread over the flower when you put the drop down. If not, thin your white polish out a little more. When you put the white drop on top, it gives the flowers a more faded look.
9. Wait for everything to dry and give it a good quick dry top coat.
Good luck with your Spring nails, girls. Don't forget to let me know how it goes!
*Images and DIY content were taken from The Beauty Department. They're great for all things make up related and have some great tutorials.