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#DIYThursday: Amazing Harry Potter Nails

Harry Potter Nails

These fun and funky Harry Potter nails are so cute that they make him look cool. Oh, Harry Potter IS cool? Sorry. Click the lightening bolt to see more!


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Nail Art Bingo!

Nail art is the hottest new trends to surface. It involves the detailed application of intricate, beautiful or even humorous designs, pictures and charms on nails. Unheard of by most people, nail art gained fame in the early 2000’s and has massively grown since then, its popularity aided by the fact that almost anyone can teach themselves the basics of nail art without breaking the bank.

As with all other trends nail art divides itself into subgroups starting with natural nails versus fake: the fake splits into full nail cover (forms) versus tips (just the ends) and then again with gel versus acrylic versus stick-on, a wealth of variety!

All types of nail art start with a basic list of rules:

1. Maintain good hygiene practices; use disinfectant solution for tools and equipment, use antiseptic spray on the nail or skin before working on it and ensure the work area is kept neat and cleaned frequently with antibacterial wipes or spray.

2. Apply a base coat. This helps protect the natural nail if that is what is being worked on and strengthens the bond of the subsequent layers of color, helping to ‘fix’ it and make it last longer.

3. After the design has been positioned, and charms or gems applied fix them in place and protect the work from bumps and scrapes with one or two coats of a good quality top coat. These contain hardeners that protect both the nail and the artwork, preventing chipping and damage – they also provide a brilliant shine that beautifully finishes off the look of the nail.

Nail art has a specific tool list that starts with a basic nail care set, nail files, clippers, cuticles pushers and so on. The next set would contain various tweezers, tiny scissors and jewellery pliers, all for cutting out decals or manipulating the ornamental pieces into place. Finally, there would be such exotic equipment such as the nail drills and charm post cutters. Other vital supplies are a variety of polishes in many shades and nail varnish solvents to remove the nail art or even the acrylic or gel nail itself. Applying the nails and removing them is a fairly lengthy process, taking 15 to 20 minutes each way, not counting the time taken with the art itself.

Now, at last, onto the nail art types themselves:

Stickers: these are the most basic form of nail art and can be done effectively at home with a little care and attention. A huge range of shapes and themes are available, from animals, to fruit, to flowers to almost anything in the universe! It is not necessary to use stickers specifically made for nail art, many stationers carry sheets of stickers that can be converted to nail art; including tiny letters which can create an effectively dramatic look.

Water Decals: similar to stickers, but requiring a little more finesse, these need to be trimmed almost to size, usually from a sheet containing many designs. They then need to be soaked in water for up to 30 seconds – a little trial and error when you first use them will help you here. Once they are sufficiently soaked the decal will slip easily off the backing paper enabling it to be grasped in a pair of tweezers and placed carefully onto the nail. After a quick blot dry with tissue, they are ready for the top coat.

Stripes: Tape is used to create perfectly straight lines up, across or diagonally over the nail, a wonderfully clean effect. It is applied in very much the same way as the stickers, but care must be taken not to stretch the tape as this will cause it to lift and curl, destroying the look.

Foils: Apply a thin layer of foil adhesive and wait for it to change from blue to clear and tacky. Place the foil over the nail, matt side down then press and rub firmly to ensure the whole nail is properly covered. Use a fingertip or cuticle pusher to carefully ensure the whole nail surface has been entirely covered.

Glitter, Mylar and Crushed Shell: A fantastic effect can be created by applying a top coat and then sprinkling the wet surface with glitter, Mylar flakes or crushed shell until it is well-coated. If desired, just the free end of the nail can be dipped into the decoration so as to just coat the tip.

Charms: Charms can be glued onto the nail or, for a funky look, a nail drill can be used to pierce a small hole in the free edge of nail. Be careful not to place the hole too close to the free edge of the nail as it can cause splitting and damage. Charms can be tiny and fixed in place on the nail or they can dangle freely from the tip.

Nail art enables people to conform to trends, display their individuality or make a statement. It can be beautiful and elegant, or quirky and fun; it is endlessly versatile. Above all, nail art has found a niche in the fashion world and is here to stay.

Sources – wisegeek.com, wikipedia.com, nail-art-101.com & naildelights.com

This article is by the Chat Mag Bingo team, who are enthusiastic about the latest fashion trends.

 

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#DIYThursday: How To Make Your Own Nail Polish

If you’ve ever paid to get your nails manicured, or even purchased high-end nail polish, you know how pricey keeping up with all the latest nail fads can be. There may even be occasions when you want your nails to match your outfit or makeup, and can’t seem to find the perfect shade. Did you know that you can create whatever nail polish color you desire, from the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of what it might cost you to pay for the professional alternatives? What’s more is that creating your own nail lacquers is also easy and fun. Here are steps for how to make homemade nail polish:

Purchase a clear top coat. Any brand will do. As a matter of fact, you can even head into a dollar store or any discount store and buy bottles of clear top coat in bulk. Once you’ve made your own custom nail polish color, there’s no doubt you’ll want to make more, so you can’t have too many bottles of clear coat!

Choose pigments you want to add. Pigment is just a fancy word for color, and in this case, your pigment is eye shadow or blush – in powder form. Again, any eye shadow will do – even a cheap, dollar store brand. Get creative here. You can mix colors, or even use your favorite eye shadow to create a nail polish hue that matches your eye makeup perfectly. If you want glittery polish, then you can even add glitter to the mix (just be sure to use fine glitter, as opposed to the craft glitter grade-schoolers use for art projects).

Prepare your work station. Lay out a table covering, so as not to make a mess. Pour enough clear top coat out of the bottle you plan on mixing in to allow for the pigments and/or glitter. Roll an ordinary sheet of paper into the shape of a funnel, small enough to fit into the mouth of the nail paint bottle. Crush your pigment of choice into a fine powder.

Add the pigment to the clear top coat. Insert the funnel into the nail polish bottle, and deep into the clear top coat. Drop the pigment and/or glitter into the funnel – a little bit at a time – until you are satisfied with the amount of pigment in the polish. You may have to experiment a little at this step, to get the hue density you desire.

Once your clear top coat is tinted with the pigment, shake up the mixture and/or use the nail polish brush to fully incorporate the pigment into the polish. The only thing left to do is to paint those nails!

About the Author: Valene Sundblad loves taking her daughters to choose nail colors and girly accessories but has the most fun when they sit down at home and create their own unique polish blends!


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#FeedArt Beauty: 7 Quick Tips To Help Your Nail Polish Last Longer

7 Quick Tips To Help Your Nail Polish Last Longer

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Nail polish has a natural tendency to chip after several days of wear. Whether you paint your nails yourself at home, or get a manicure at your local salon, chipping nail polish is a common problem that can be highly frustrating.

Even a single chip can compromise the look of your entire manicure. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent your nail polish from chipping and even extend the length of your manicure. Here you will find a list of super simple tips.

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1. Ensure your nails are clean. Dirt and natural oils that lay on the nail surface can aid in chipping. Remove any old polish still left on your nail with acetone with a soft cotton ball. Wash with warm water and soap to remove oils and dirt from your hands and nails.

2. Always apply a base coat. It’s important to apply a thin, clear base coat to prep your nail for polish. Allow the base coat to completely dry before applying colored polish.

3. Keep layers of polish thin. Never apply your nail polish too thick, as it can cause bubbles, makes the nails more susceptible to smudging, and can lead to premature chipping. Instead, apply three-to-four thin coats and allow each coat to dry in between.

4. Polish the tips of the nails. Many women forget to polish the tips of their nail. When applying nail polish, begin at the base and go up and over the tips of the nails to help seal the color and cut down on chipping.

5. Consider applying a polish with shimmer. The shimmering glitter particles found in some types of nail polish can actually help adhere the polish to the nails. Try a shimmer pink, purple, or mint green shade.

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6. Always apply a top coat. Not only is a base coat needed, but a top coat is also required to extend the life of your manicure. The base coat can be used as a top coat or you can use a clear polish made for top coat protection. Apply the top coat around the edges of the nails to help seal in the color.

7. Give the nails sufficient drying time. Nails should have at least 45 minutes of drying time before you try to handle items or open products with your nails. After an hour, submerge your nails in cold water to help set the nail polish. Apply lotion to help moisturize your hands and nails.

Amanda is a guest poster who also writes for freemakeupsamples.org.uk where she regularly seeks out the hottest free cosmetics and beauty sample offers to be found online.


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