Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Colour Block Nail Art

I saw this idea in the Health and Beauty March/April 2015 online magazine and have been wanting to give it a go.

Colour blocking is a design element that uses solid, usually bold and bright, colours. It can be seen pretty much everywhere in things like clothing, furniture and artwork to name a few. And in makeup as in this case.

Have to say, I'm usually a one colour kinda gal but this appealed to me. I think it's because I like darker colours and teal / turquoise especially. Plus it looks pretty simple to do and that's always a bonus.

For this look you will need:
  • Basecoat
  • Bright colour nail polish
  • Black nail polish
  • Clear top coat
  • Nail art stencils

From Left:  ncLA, Santa Monica Shore Thing; MAC, Nocturnelle;
Orly, Polish Bond; Nails inc, Gel Effect Top Coat.

Start off with a layer of basecoat. When that has dried, apply a layer of the colour nail polish.

Top tip:  try to use three strokes to apply the polish. One down the centre of the nail, then one on each side of the nail, taking care not to get too close to the edge.

Using nail stencils, place them approximately 1/3 way down from the top of the nail. If you don't have nail stencils, stationery paper hole reinforcers would work. Make sure the stencils are stuck down firmly as the polish will seep into any gaps and leave the edge uneven.

Colour the bottom half of the nail with the black polish, then quickly but carefully remove the nail stencil.

Unfortunately, the stencils I had were quite old and the adhesive stuck to the nail when I peeled them off and left the nails with uneven edges. I had to freehand the rest which don't look particularly even either! Ah, well, these things will happen... 

Finish off with a layer of clear top coat and the look is complete. I really like it and will definitely try this look again. And, hopefully, execute the technique more successfully next time.

Have you experimented with anything new lately?


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