Pages

Go to Haute Lacquer home page Go to Haute Lacquer about me page Go to Haute Lacquer contact page Go to Haute Lacquer nail polish collection page Go to Haute Lacquer sponsorship page
Showing posts with label Nail Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Art. Show all posts

7/13/13

Nautical Stormy Seas


I'm back with a nail art design I have had planned in my head for the longest, looooongest time. 

This is my first time using Born Pretty Store's water decals but I was very pleased with them. They actually surprised me because I wasn't sure I would like them. 


These decals work great for nail art! I don't know about you but I couldn't do this design without the decals.
When I'm shopping for nail stickers/decals the most important thing to me is that they don't just look like a photo printed on your nails. And in real life these blend perfectly!
You can purchase these water decals for $2.86 at Born Pretty Store using my coupon code  GFL91 for 10% off your purchase plus free shipping.
For this manicure I used China Glaze Sea Spray, China Glaze First Mate, and CCUK Midnight Blue for the gradient background. I used the Compass Chain Anchor Pattern water decals for the nautical print. I found that the directions were helpful but not specific so below I've written out exactly how I applied them. 

EDIT: I wore these decals in this manicure for almost four days and had no problem with the decals coming off, lifting,fading, etc.  

How to Apply Born Pretty Store's Water Decals
1. Paint your base color and let it dry completely.
2. Fill a cup/bowl/tub with room temp. water.
3. After choosing which design you want to use, cut it out and dip it into the water for about 15 seconds. 
4. After it's been soaked in the water the design itself should literally slide off the white paper (if this doesn't happen, dip it back in the water). Once it slides off apply the design to your nail.
5. Wipe off any water excess and use a blow dryer on low setting to set the decal. Do this for about 8-15 seconds.
6. Apply top coat to your nail and blow dry again for about 8-15 seconds and you're done!
*TIP: Do this one nail at a time.


What do you think about water decals? Have you ever tried any? Let me know below!


7/2/13

2 Easy Fourth of July Nail Art Designs and Tutorial

Happy Independence Day! 

This will be the first year that I have posted a Fourth of July manicure before the actual holiday. I really wanted to make sure that this tutorial was available for anyone who wanted to try it. 


Let's dive into both these designs and make sure to let me know which is your favorite! Click below to keep reading.



Creating this look was a little complicated but the steps themselves were easy! It takes a lot of patience but it can certainly be done.


Step 1: Paint your nails with a red creme nail polish. I used China Glaze Hey Sailor. Allow this to dry.

 Step 2: Next, use a sponge to create a vertical gradient of white and red. It's okay if it's messy. The Nailasaurus has a great tutorial on gradients, just switch the directions and make this horizontal with white on the two sides!

 Step 3: Using a nail art brush and a light blue nail polish, start creating your stars. Doing half stars is much easier than whole stars so that's what I chose to do. Start with an outline and fill them in.
Step 4: Finish drawing your stars by filling them all in with your nail art brush and light blue (Zoya Kristen). The brushes I use are from Born Pretty (use code GFL91 for 10% off).

All done! Just add top coat.
 This is such a fun look! I think it's perfect for the more funky and edgy people out there.



This second design is much more simple for beginners--or anyone--to recreate. I didn't get the chance to make a tutorial but it's so simple so I will just walk you through it.

I'm loving the textured look lately, it's such an interesting look.
Using vibrant colors really turns this simple manicure into something more exciting!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Hey Sailor as the red base. Afterwards I used a nail art brush and white acrylic paint to paint about 2/3 of the nail white. The blue stripes were created with a thin nail art brush and Zoya Liberty. I used a dotting tool for the dots.


The Fourth of July is filled with fireworks, fun nights, and good food. Nail art can now be added to the list! Which of the two designs is your favorite?

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway! You could win a $100 shopping spree to PersunMall and buy all the clothes you want!

6/28/13

Graphic Floral Stripes Nail Art


Today will be my first time participating in one of these but I'm excited! I have decided to take part in The Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge which was created by @beautybykrystal, @drinkcitra, @mirandasmakeup and @beautybyarielle on instagram. 

Basically this is a weekly challenge that can be posted any time during that week (you can also skip weeks). Ill be posting my nails on my instagram using the hashtag #busygirlnails so if you prefer to see them there make sure you're following me. This week's theme was stripes! 

These nails refused to photograph (or even edit) well but I had a lot of fun doing them! They're fun without being too over-the-top.
I wasn't inspired by anything in particular when doing this design but I have a feeling this has been done before so if it has it's purely coincidental!
For this manicure I used black and white acrylic paint along with a nail art brush for the striped base. Then, using a small nail art brush, I created the rose pattern along the top of each nail using a variety of colors (just ask if you'd like specific names!). I drew leaves on only two fingers for a more unique look, I used Essie Mojito Madness for those and lightened it for the lighter green. Essie Matte About You was applied to create the matte finish. 


I loooove today's manicure! What do you think? Too much or just right?

*click image to read*

6/24/13

Starfish on the Beach | My I Heart Nail Art Contest Entry

Good morning!

To start this week off I'm sharing my Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art contest entry! This month's theme was texture. I've had this design in my head for the longest and this was the perfect excuse to finally put it on my nails.


This design was inspired by Chalkboard Nail's Beauty & the Beach contest entry. A contest entry inspired by another contest entry? Lol.
I'm really happy with the way this turned. It's so much more interesting to look at with the added texture nail polish. Don't you agree?
For this manicure I used a variety of nude nail polishes for the "sand like" base (including nudes from Zoya, China Glaze, Sally Hansen, L.A. Colors, etc). Then I used a nail art brush and Zoya Destany to create the starfish shape. Using a small dotting tool I created polka dots inside each star with Zoya Solange.  I only applied topcoat after creating the "sand like" base.


Thanks in advance for anyone who votes. (:

6/22/13

Haute Lacquer Nail Art Transformations | Before and Afters Part 2

After my first "transformations" post I got great feedback from you all. So of course I decided I'd do more! I thought I'd be running out of pictures to show you but I already have enough saved for another post. Who knew? You just have to really look.

The first before & after is of this unfortunate gradient I created back in 2011 when I first started blogging. Although I'm not on The Nailasaurus's gradient level, the after is clearly improved. Original posts: before and after


I'm proud to say that my chevron print has improved but ashamed to say that the before was fairly recent. These two manicures were only months apart but it seems that was enough time to get the chevron down! Original posts: before and after



This transformation is probably the most dramatic. When I discovered the art of drag marbling I got really excited and just slapped some colors down and came up with the first manicure. For the after shot I decided to take my time and watch a few tutorials and I'd like to think that paid off! Original posts: before and after


So as you can see from both the befores and afters, NO ONE is perfect and we all mistakes in our nail art and in our life. And because no one is perfect, no one's nail art is either (except maybe Chelsea here...gah)!

Do you have any crazy before and after moments in your nail art? Just looking back can kind of surprise you! 


6/19/13

Bohemian Ikat Nail Art | Feat. Indica Jewelry


Happy Hump Day! Which, by the way, I really thought today was Tuesday and I was literally surprised when I saw that it wasn't. I am very clearly losing my mind.

Today's post features a gorgeous hand chain from Indica Jewelry on Etsy. This is a new Etsy shop that sells everything from bracelets, to necklaces, to toe rings to earrings. And the owner, Robine, is so sweet!

My inspiration for this design came from the hand chain itself. As soon as I looked at it, it reminded me of something vintage/bohemian so I had to do my nails to match.
For this manicure I used Zoya Bevin as the base. This was my first time attempting Ikat print so I followed this tutorial by Phoenix Beauty Lounge. The colors I used were Zoya Jacqueline (nude) and Sally Hansen Chartreuse Chase (green that looks like yellow). The black is acrylic paint. 

Now you guys have to give me some credit for these creative pictures you're about to see...

6/9/13

Gradient Faux Bois Nail Art

Have you ever had this great idea in your head but when you go to do it things just don't translate as well? That's kind of what happened with this design. I mean I love the way it turned out, don't get me wrong, but I expected it to look a lot more like wood and not so abstract. You know? Yeah, you know. ;)

Regardless of it not looking much like wood, I do love these colors together!
And the base color...just pure love.
For this manicure I used Zoya Carey as the gray base. Using a thin nail art brush, I created each detail to somewhat resemble "faux bois" (fake wood). For these details I used Bondi Brick Road (yellow), Sally Hansen Green with Envy (lime green), and American Apparel Peacock (teal). I finished with topcoat. 

The overall look is so bright and summer-y! I can't help but love it. 

6/5/13

Art Deco

Happy hump day! I'm out of school now so I surprised myself by even knowing that today was Wednesday. When you don't have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. anymore, the day of the week just doesn't seem to matter!

Today's design was impossible to photograph. And believe me, I tried! I tried every angle, lighting, pose and nothing was working for me. I was lucky enough to get a few decent shots *le sigh*.

There are actually two versions of this manicure, the one above has gray stripes on the ring finger and in the pictures below the stripes on the ring finger are green and yellow. 
For this manicure I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters as the teal base. I then went over the lower half of each nail with Catrice London's Weather Forecast (gray). For all the stripes and lines I used my Born Pretty's nail art brushes and Bondi Brick Road (my new favorite yellow). I finished off with top coat.

I'm not really sure what inspired this design but I do love the finished look! What do you think?

5/30/13

Neutral Nail Art

I know you all are really amazed at my genius post title, clearly I used all my creative juices for this one!

No but really, it was a struggle to get this post up. I have been trying to edit these pictures for what feels like weeks and then trying to come up with a creative post title? Too much for this girl to handle!

Is it just me or does this design remind you of a Zebra or some type of animal you'd see on a safari? Maybe it's just me but it really does remind me of that. 
I always like to show my matte manis glossy, so here you go! I think I prefer it glossy. 
For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the nude base. I then used one of my thin nail art brushes to create each individual line. For the black I used acrylic paint, the dark brown is China Glaze Below Deck and the caramel-like brown is L.A. Colors Serenity. To achieve the matte look I used two coats of Essie Matte About You (love this stuff!).


Which version of this manicure do you like best? Matte or glossy?
  

5/24/13

Mosaic Tiles| Shimmer Polish Nail Art


I remember when I was little every Sunday my mom would take us to church. Our church as a French/Creole church and at the time I couldn't understand a thing they were saying. The entire time I just stared at the pretty stained glass windows surrounding us and admired them. As a little girl, this seriously fascinated me!

Today's design reminds me of the stained glass windows. Although not exact, they take me back a little!

I decided to try this design on naked nails, with no base. I'm not feeling it so much but I think it's an...interesting look.
Below is this manicure before top coat. The glitters dry this matte! (Black is acrylic paint).
For this manicure I used Shimmer Polish Eva (red) and Shimmer Polish Cristina (blue) for the glitter "tiles". As I said, there is no base used in this mani. I started off with acrylic paint and used it to draw sections in the nail. I then filled random "tiles" in with the two Shimmer Polish polishes.


Now let's take a look at the two glitters on their own! They have such a unique, matte finish that I love.

Shimmer Polish Eva is a beeeeautiful cranberry red glitter. This has a nice balance of silver and darker/lighter  red glitters throughout. Without topcoat it almost looks like a textured finish, with topcoat it GLOWS! 2 coats, easy application.


Shimmer Polish Cristina is a turquoise-blue-clear base packed with turquoise, red, and darker teal glitters. Gorgeous in 3 coats. This one also dries matte but is pretty with or without topcoat!


Shimmer Polish retails from $10.00-$12.00 ($10 for top coats) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Facebook, and their website.

P.S. Follow me on bloglovin! In case Google Friend Connect gets discontinued, you'll be able to keep up with my latest posts!

5/21/13

50s Retro Nail Art

This week has been a stressful one. Seven finals packed into four days plus I have practice most nights. Thank goodness for blogging and bright designs like this one because otherwise I'd probably go insane! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I am challenging myself to use a larger variety of brands in my nail art. Not gonna lie, pretty proud of myself for using three different brands here and none being Zoya (my go-to!).

For this manicure I used GOSH Miss Minty as the pretty mint base. Then I used a thin nail art brush and Bondi NYC Brick Road for the yellow stripes. I used the same nail art brush for the tan-ish stripe, which is the gorgeous China Glaze Kalahari Kiss

I've been liking these simpler designs lately (well, simple for me). They're so much less time consuming and I end up liking them better since I'm not obsessing over the details. Nail designs can be bittersweet. (:


Disqus for Haute Lacquer