Hey! you know your floral baroque nails? how did you do the swirly bits?! i've watched your tutorial like 7348274892347 times and i just can't do it the same! help?! :( thanks x
I’m not quite sure how to explain it but I’ll try!
You wanna get your brush loaded up so there’s a dot/sphere of polish on the end of it. Not enough that it’s dripping off, but your brush should have more polish on it than normal. Then, drop down the end with the dollop of polish onto the nail wherever you want your swirly to start, let the polish make a circle naturally, and just pull it softly into a slight curve. Then just do it a few more times until you have a leaf/baroque lookin’ thing!
I really hope this helps/makes any sense at all. Good luck!
I love the watercolor floral design you did! Are there any good links/tutorials for it?
I came up with that design, and I haven’t made a tutorial for it yet. However, if you look at my most recent video on my watercolor bird nails that shows the way I handled the polish, just a different design.
your love of UO Virgin put it on my wishlist, and it IS lovely! :) I'm very happy to have it, thanks for raving. are you aware that American apparel Cotton is a total dupe? ...or I don't know if part of the definition of dupe is that it's cheaper than the original and I realize now that I've no clue which came first but ALL I'm tryin' to say is I cannot distinguish between two coats of each. :) thaaat's all. haha. quality nail blog! yours is one that really got me hooked on nails last year.
Ahh this is totally sweet!! and I want to own American Apparel Cotton SOOOOO BAAADDDLYYYY but it’s never in stock when I look at their polishes it’s so upsetting! And I’ll be honest every time I go to an Urban Outfitters I buy at least two Virgins. As weird as that sounds… it’s true though.
I have a horrible problem with my nails chipping after one day. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to make a manicure last longer? Thanks. By the way your nails are awesome :)
Thank you! There’s a few things you could do to help with this:
1- make sure you swipe a cotton ball with remover on it over your nails right before you put any polish on. It’ll get rid of the natural oils that make your polish come off faster, and anything else that might be lurking around your nails.
2- I find that lightly (REALLY LIGHTLY) buffing my nails right before polishing helps my manis stay on longer. I can’t be sure why but I just feel like it does. However, if you have especially thin nails, I wouldn’t do this step, and if you polish your nails every day or real often, I wouldn’t do it every time you polish them. I do mine about once a week.
3- Using a good base and top coat (and finding the ones that work best for your needs) are key. My favorite base coat is OPI Nail Envy, and I recommend this to everyone I talk to because it makes your nails so healthy and keeps polish on better than any other base coat I’ve used. However, for me top coat is more important I think than base. If I don’t use a quick dry top coat, my nails chip within a few hours of doing them. A lot of people swear by Seche Vite, and I think that the first 2/5 of a bottle, but then it gets too gloopy for me to use. Personally, I love Sally Hansen Insta Dry that comes in the red bottle. It’s thick enough to smooth things out, but doesn’t get too glooped up, dries super fast, stays strong and shiny for a long time, just all around good things.
I hope one of these things helps you! I know some people just generally get terrible wear with polishes, so hopefully this will help you get more time out of your manis!
Happy New Year! Amazing nail art and poems as always :) Could you tell me how to put on a top coat? It's a weird question, but my topcoat always smears my art even though I've left it to dry for a while..
And to you too! Sorry I didn’t get to your last question! Oops. For topcoat, I always make sure the brush is loaded up, because if it’s not you’re a lot more likely to smear your design. You want a lot of top coat on the brush, and then when you paint it on your nail, you want to kind of lightly glide the brush over your design but without it actually touching it, if that makes any sense… I don’t know if it does. Also use as few brush strokes as possible because the more you touch it the more likely you are to smear your design.