Blue manicure for Autism Awareness (tutorial)

Today I have a blue manicure for you with a tutorial 🙂 I created this design for Autism Awareness. The sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day was April 2, 2013. Even if it is already past, I guess it can’t hurt to share it with you.scalesscales3Products used:
ANNY Pool girl
ANNY Blue fashion show
OPI Teal the Cows Come Home
OPI Russian Navy (suede)
OPI Eurso… Euro


How to:blue scales tut11. I used a light blue polish for the base. Normally I do this without a base color (except for a base coat), but since some blue’s have the habit to stain I used a base color to prevent that from happening. Try to estimate how many colors you’ll need for a row based on how wide your nails are. Also, you’ll need polishes that aren’t sheer.
Start with your first blue polish and make sure you don’t use to much polish. I recommend to wipe off most of the polish before you start painting on your nails. In this case less is more 😉 If it’s not opaque enough you can just add a second coat. Te get nice round stripes you can lay on your brush just a little lower than where it should be and gently pull it back towards the cuticle (like how you ‘normally’ paint your nails or for example how it’s done with a ruffian mani).
2. 3. 4. Repeat the first step until you get a full row of colors and give it a minute to dry a bit.
5. 6. 7. 8. Start with the second row of different colors. Personally I like to play with the colors so that all nails have a different color pattern. But that’s entirely up to you.
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9. 10. 11. Create the third row of different colors and repeat until your nails are fully covered.
12. Wait for the design to dry completely and add your favorite top coat.scales1
Have you tried this design yet? I’d love to see yours!
I hope you find this tutorial useful. If something is vague I’d be happy to answer any questions.

Happy polishing!

DAY 5 Advent Calender Nail Challenge: Blue

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Advent Calender Nail Challenge, day 5 already 😀 Today’s challenge is blue.
This mani was -again- time consuming because of the dry time between each layer of polish, but lots of fun to do. I believe it’s called ‘acid wash’. First I’ve painted my nails with OPI’s Alpine Snow, my favorite white and added top coat (Seche Vite). After that was completely dry I began layering the following polishes:
ANNY’s Pool girl
OPI’s Teal The Cowes Come Home
OPI’s Blue My Mind
OPI’s Into The Night.
After this ‘sandwich’ was completely dry I gently removed some layers at random places using swaps that were soaked with polish remover. Finally, I’ve sealed the mani with top coat (Seche Vite).

blue.blue1Have you tried this technique already? If not you really need to! It’s time consuming, but so easy 😀

Check out the other nail fanatics that participates in the challenge:
Mommy Loves Nail Polish
Morie’s Nail Art
Polished Off
Nail Boarders Unite!
Lavish Layerings
Happy Hands
Rew Does Nails
Perfectly Polished Tips
The Polish Squirrel
9 to 5 nails
Shopping is cheaper than therapy
Lekker Lacquer
If you’re not listed, please let me know so that I can add your link 😉

Good luck girls!