Monday, May 3, 2010

i heart nail art

if you didn't know, i have a fascination (more of an obsession) with nail polish...  i make a point not to swing by nail salons, sephora, or any cosmetic sections/aisles in department stores, pharmacies, or grocery stores.  the reason being, i end up purchasing nail polish 9 out of the 10 times i'm there.  yeah, i know, brutal... lol.

so today, i wanted to share with you my very simple and recent nail art creation.



here are the steps for re-creating this look:
  • apply one layer of essie base coat or any base coat you have
  • apply two coats of ocean love potion - sephora by opi (for the main shade or any shade you prefer, let each coat dry for a couple of minutes each)
  • apply the dots with a toothpick, i used "a la jade" - a custom concoction i made:  green-wich village by opi mixed with baby's breath by essie.   it has a light mint shade. (you can also use any contrasting shade for this step)
i like creating custom polish shades.  once a bottle is half-full, i mix it with another.  you'd be surprised with the great shades you can create.  it's also a great way to recycle your polish!
  • apply seche vite top coat - this is the fastest drying top coat in the market and an ultimate must have!  specially for those of you who don't have a lot of time to spare. (i washed a full sink of dishes, 15-20 minutes after application!)
  • you can also use a quick drying spray / drops for nail polish.  this is available in any brand. 
have fun with this diy nail art!!!

here's the finished nail art / weekend nails:


i really liked how it turned out!

here are more nail art images that i love.  they are painted, stencilled, glued on, stamped... some subtle, and some extreme (3D nail art), but all of them amazing!

(all images found at we heart it, unless indicated)


louboutin - by zoe pocock
featured in grazia magazine - read the online article here
(i would love to try this one day!)

matte black - @ lacquerized by michele
(if you are a nail nerd like i am, you are going to love this blog - she is great!)


aquarium - by: mae espiritu
(she is another "must follow" for all the nail nerds out there! 
her work is so inspiring!)

 corset - by haileycakes via f*#kyeahnailart

 fleur - @ f*#kyeahnailart

lace - by obsession mia

 stamped - by inspireplease

 tuxedo - via tumblr
 
 fast food nail art - by janet riffe via puru pururin

 super mario brothers - by janet riffe

 blood stained... dexter-inspired - by yaptus @ tumblr.com

 eye - by piercy

 hello kitty - @ stylepixie


 flight of the bumble bee - by the daily nail
(this is another great blog for nail enthusiasts)

 diamonds - by styletastic


 hello kitty 3D nail art - by of-fairytales

fish net - @ f*#kyeahprettynails

houndstooth - by styletastic
you can find lots of polymer clay canes ( as a nail art element, and also for various crafts), or pre-made nail art on etsy too.  here are some of them:

poly-clay canes - by miniaturesweets

aiko - by aya1gou 
(she used some polymer clay fruits on her pre-fab nail art)

the scream - by nevertoomuchglitter
(hand painted edvard munch painting replica)

if you want more nail art goodness, check out the wah nails website here.

happy monday!
xo, carla

8 comments:

ART OF NAIL said...

speechless..great great post! thank you very much you are so sweet! =) love your blog!

Bunny Mama said...

I love this post. I'm a big nail polish junkie too :)

Fia said...

Really inspiring nail art. Sadly, I neglect my nails. I like the art you did on your nails. Simple but sweet.

Miss Carlen ::LT:: said...

my goal this summer is to have some cute artsy toes. I just wish my cleats from playing ultimate wouldn't destroy it...sigh :( love your nails girl! they look great!

LINDSAY said...

I think the lace and fishnet are my faves!

cArLa said...

@ art of nail - thanks mae, i'm glad you like it!

@bunny mama - thank you for stopping by!

@ fia - thanks, unlike my nails, my wardrobe could use a little tlc... thanks for the inspiration.

@ miss carlen - thanks a bunch, it was really easy to do... ultimate sounds so fun - an excuse to get more pedicures this summer!

@linsay - thanks for stopping by, aren't they adorable?

ricebabies said...

Thats insane, I have no idea what to say. Im lucky if I clip mine.

Wise Take said...

WOW! Those blew my mind.