Sunday, 15 July 2012

NOTD: Harlequin Nails

I did a bit of sales shopping recently (I really shouldn't have been doing that), but limited myself to just one buy. I picked up a pair of high-waisted tailored shorts from River Island.

I bought these to wear to a semi-formal  evening at my boyfriend's parent's house, and was planning to team them with black block colour tights, a white vest top, and cream cardigan with lace detailing.
As always, I wanted my nails to match! I was also itching to try out my new nail art bits and pieces I picked up in the Philippines (read more about those here), so I set to work!

Here is the design I came up with...

As I had diamond shaped silver flecks/sequins to use, I decided to go with a recurring pattern - aiming to achieve a somewhat Harlequin effect. I did all detailing by hand, and with the use of a fine nail art brush and nail foil glue. Fixing all the pieces into position took a *long* time, so after seeing how long the thumb took to complete I knew it wasn't possible to do the same for all the nails; instead I opted for silver tips in keeping with the colours of the harlequin design.

Colours used:
Base: Collection 200 Maxiflex 5 Day Polish in shade 'Electric Punk'.
Tips: No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in shade 'Disco Nights'.
Diamond flecks: bought in nail art set from the Philippines.

So what do you think? Have you taken inspiration from anything for any nail art or make up? Leave a link to your post and I'll check it out ☺.

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  1. Cute nails. Hey did u want to button swap? Xx

  2. They look amazing, you must have so much patience haha, I really want to start getting creative with my nails! xx

    1. They took forever aha, I think I was a little over ambitious when I thought I could do all 10 nails like that! Give it a go, the final look is so worth it :)

  3. These are amazing looking! So so pretty, and I definitely would not have your patience putting those all on. I think it looks nicer having them like that than on every nail :)

    1. Thank you! :) I kinda like when it takes a long time to do nail designs as I find it quite soothing!

  4. These are awesome!
    You must have incredible patience. :)
    JS xx

  5. your nails look incredible Alice, you have such a talent!
    Love Holz oxo

  6. they look so cool! i don't think i'd be able to do such a good job as you though :P