thegreatphysician asked: Hey Candice, I was wondering if you could make a video about how to practice nail art without the convenience of a practice hand or a nail wheel around. I've been waiting for new brushes and a nail wheel to come from Born Pretty Store aka forever and if you had any suggestions, I would be eternally grateful! I've got so much inspiration coming in but not much proper practice space.
This is a great idea, I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I’m making more videos this week! Just right now I’d say to practice just on paper, to work on brush strokes and keeping a steady hand. Doing anything to get more comfortable with your brushes and painting on a small scale in general will help once you get to actually painting nails!
Anonymous asked: I think your last two versions of your "birthday nails" look very different than the original version you had on your birthday. Did you do that on purpose, or is that just the way the design naturally evolved? Do you find that happens a lot in your nail art? As you go to recreate a design, you change it up and find you like it better that way? xox
I definitely do find that I kind of change designs every time I do them. It’s not usually a conscious decision, just something that happens as I notice a different or easier way to do things.
I think the big difference between the brushstroke looks between the one on my birthday and the one I did last night is the colors I chose. The birthday version is mostly mid-toned colors with the exception of the dark purple. The one last night definitely had a lot more contrast in colors, in both depth and saturation. I mixed pastels with both a dark color and a neon color, which definitely made a different look than the uniformly bright and mid-toned version for my birthday.
These kind of differences are what I really love about the more abstract designs- they’ll look good with just about any color scheme, and said color scheme with drastically change the look/mood of the mani. I love figuring out different color schemes, too, which makes it extra fun for me!
Anonymous asked: Hey there! What are your thoughts on nail stamping (e.g. Do you ever do it? Do you like it? What products do you rec? Do you actually need stamping polish to do it or will any polish do?)? Sorry. that's a lot to ask. I'm just super curious.
I had some stamping materials like three years ago when it first became a thing, and I had fun with it for a couple of months, but as soon as I started doing freehand designs it kind of lost its appeal to me. I think it’s really great for beginners, and for intricate designs, but it’s not my thing- I actually gave all my materials to a friend who was getting into nail art because they were quite literally gathering dust.
That being said, if you are interested in stamping, you should definitely try it out! You don’t have to use stamping polishes, just make sure whatever you’re using is super opaque because it goes on in a really thin layer and you don’t want it to be sheer or patchy.
I have no real recommendations because I haven’t purchased stamping equipment in a few years… I hope this is helpful to you though!
lestaircasewit replied to your photo “This little darling is inspired by Miu Miu ss 2010, a collection I can…”
What is this gorgeous blue-gray color??? Need it!
The blue nails are Butter London Sprog, and the little kitty is a mix of Sprog and white!
Anonymous asked: Would you be willing to do some sort of top ten polish list? Like, what shades you use the most? I already assume My Vampire Is Buff, but I love your color sense!
Ooh yeah I can try to do something like this! I love compiling little lists and favorites and that kind of thing. I can’t promise it’ll stop at ten polishes though…
And as for your other message about my hair color- you can have it! It comes from a box! My favorite color I’ve used is Garnier Nutrisse in Ginger Spice, but it’s really hard to find where I live so now I pick anything that’s like reddish blonde or blondish auburn, stuff like that. For reference, my natural hair color is dirty blonde, though I haven’t seen it in almost 7 years so it might be a bit darker than that now.
nailpolishdistraction asked: Hey! Just wanted to say that I LOVE your tutorials! I would totally come to your class if I could, I'm sure I'd learn a lot. P.S. You make me want to draw letters on my nails so bad now =D xo
Aw man I wish you could come to my class too! And you should totally do some word nails ;) check out all my influence on your decisions muahahaha