Happy Monday beauties!
Today I have a special post for you guys. Enjoy this amazing creation by Brijit from Brijits Digits:
Hi guys !
So poor Sabrina broke a nail, we all know how crappy that feels 😦 but it’s given me the opportunity to invade with a little Guest Post – nice to meet you all!
I wanted something classy but a bit edgy to fit in with the gorgeousness you usually get to see here 🙂
So I’ve gone with a black French with some emerald gem-type art over them – this would look great in other colours too !
Here’s a quick step-by-step, for anyone who’s already used to using acrylic paint for their nail art :
So first up, you will need :
- White, black and your gem-coloured acrylic paint
- Cotton buds for clean-up
- Nail art brushes – at least one detail (00, 0 or 1 should do the trick) and one larger brush – I used a 4 flat brush for this
- Nail Polish – a base colour for your French (I used Butter London’s Nail Foundation)
- Cotton wool (or kitchen towel – whatever doesn’t give off fluff!)
- Polish remover
- and don’t forget your favourite shiny top coat 🙂
So the base coat – well, you all know how this works, I guess ! I always use Nail Foundation, personally. It’s very sheer but has just enough of a tint to even out my nail colour – and the matte surface is great to work on with acrylic paint !
With your detail brush use some black acrylic paint to add your smile line – it’s easy to fill in after.
I would say that a good acrylic paint should be super pigmented, and you can water it down to an inky consistency which makes it much easier to work with on your nails – and it’ll dry fast and smoothly, too. Don’t water it down loads and loads, just until it’s very smooth. As it dries out you can add further water to keep it easy to work with.
Then fill in the tip with black acrylic and a larger flat brush – don’t forget to rinse your brushes out well with water before the paint dries in them, it is much easier than battling to clean them later !
Some acrylic paint dries to a matte finish, like this stuff does – don’t worry, the top coat will fix that !
Add some pebble- shaped ‘gemstones’ with the larger flat brush. Again, keep your paint a little watered down, you won’t regret it 🙂
Then, mix a little white in with your gemstone colour(s) and add some highlights with your detail brush – ‘C’ shapes that are wider at one end and trail off at the other.
Now you can add some pure white highlights in the wider part of the tick. Don’t water the white down too much, or the darker colour underneath might show through…
Then, if you’re like me and have a tendency to get carried away, you can use your detail brush and add some squiggles and dots 🙂
Usually acrylic paint dries very quickly, but to be on the safe side, wait a few minutes before you add your top coat….
And ta-dahhhh !
Big thank you to Sabrina for having me here – it’s been a pleasure ! I’ll hopefully see some of you over at Brijits Digits, and let’s cross our fingers that her gorgeous nubbins grow out fast 😉
A huge thank you to you Brijit for this lovely guest post. I absolutely love this design! Amazing! :*