Thursday, 4 July 2013
Happy 4th of July!
This time last year I was in America, North Carolina to be exact. I was sunning it up with my best friend Megan, Little Miss Average, and we were making plans for an extra special July 4th celebration. We went to downtown Raleigh where there was a street fair, food stalls, live music and fireworks. It was a day that I will remember for the rest of my life, it will always hold special meaning for me despite being British.
Skip forward to the present and the sun has just about decided to show itself and I've hung my flag in the spare room as my own personal tribute. I much refer the America holidays, they do things bigger, better and a whole lot tastier too. Hot dogs and watermelon anyone? Deciding to embrace one of my favourite holidays, it was time to plan a little post to salute the 'ol red, white and blue.
Barry M have been doing some wonderful colours for the S/S season and, with my sights set on capturing American spirit on my nails, I couldn't think of a better brand to adorn them with. I wanted to go fairly minimal with my approach, my hands seem to go in crazy directions when tasked with adding colour to my nails so here's my quick run down on how you can achieve my simple stars and stripes design:
Start off by prepping your nails with a base coat, my favourite at the moment is Constance Carroll Nail Care Base Coat, £0.50. Paint your thumbnails with a really rich blue, I've gone with Gelly Hi-Shine in Blue Grape, £3.99, and while they are drying pop a coat of Nail Paint in Matt White, £2.99, over each fingernail. This white is so intense I found I only needed the one coat, but if you find it slightly too pale, give it another when dry. To create the stripes on the flag, a little swipe of Nail Paint in Bright Red, £2.99, on one half of the nail makes for a wonderfully simple block effect. Lastly, we need to grab a cocktail stick (or if you're better organised than myself, you may have a white nail art pen) and draw a few aligned stars in white over the blue thumbnails. Wait for everything to set and then add a little extra protection with a long lasting top coat such as Essie's Good to Go Top Coat, £8.99.
And there you have it, my first jaunt into the world of nail art. Well, at least that I could bear to post pictures of for the whole world and her cat to see, but we'll keep that a secret between us! I really enjoy doing it when I have a clear idea ahead of me. I tried an Aztec print way back before Christmas that I would like to redo, so you may not have seen the last of these kind of posts.
Do you like to do daring things with your nails?