A quick photo #tutorial for my #acidwash #nails requested by @dulcesophie @poeputri. I used Essie First Base Base Coat, Orly White Tips, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Clearly Quick, Essie Licorice, Seche Vite Top Coat, Remover, e.l.f. Professional Concealer Brush. 

1. Apply base coat and then 2 coats of white polish. It doesn’t have to be completely opaque since you will be going over it. Add a coat of clear polish on top- this will help protect your base from the remover in step 3.

2. Once your nails are completely dry, paint one thin layer of black polish on top.

3. Dip a thin brush into nail polish remover and gently dab it over parts of your nail to remove some of the black polish. Finish it off with a top coat! #nailtutorial #nailyoudown (Taken with Instagram)

New Tabs

I added a “Giveaways" tab, so you ladies can find nail art related giveaways more easily.  I also added a "Tutorials" tab, so you can view any tutorials I’ve done or any links to other useful tutorials.  I’m hoping to make some more tutorials in the near future.  Any requests? :)

After seeing this post from Lucky magazine, I knew I had to try this design! In my haul earlier this month, I found a bright pink Essie (“castaway”) that is the perfect shade for these Ikat nails! It’s fairly easy to do and like leopard print, it is very forgiving - the messier, the better (ok, only to an extent…). Mrcandiipants already did a tutorial, so I would recommend watching that for the step by steps.

Remember there is still time to enter my giveaway! It ends on 1/31/12! :)

My bf and I went to Disneyland yesterday so I decided to do some Disney nails! :) This my first attempt at putting together a photo tutorial.  Let me know what you think and if you find it helpful!


Step 1: Prep your nails and paint

  • For me this entails removing old polish, filing my nails to the right shape, using Essie’s Disappearing Trick to help remove my cuticles, and applying a base coat.  Then I applied 2-3 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure’s All Fired Up (red) and Zoya’s Pippa (yellow).

Step 2: Begin your design

  • Thumb - Draw a vertical line (that will be the edge of the D) with a white nail art pen/brush.  It helps to look at the Disney logo.
  • Index - Use a white nail art pen/brush to make a glove.  It doesn’t have to be perfect since you will be using black to outline it in the next step.
  • Middle - Use a dotting tool or nail art pen to make white polka dots.  I started by making a vertical line of 4 dots down the center of my nail and then adding columns of alternating dots on both sides (twice).
  • Ring - Use a dotting tool to make a large circle with black polish.
  • Pinky - Cover the bottom 1/3-1/2 with black polish (sorry for the mess, I need to buy a new bottle!)

Step 3: Add the finishing touches

  • Thumb - Complete the D with a white nail art pen/brush.  I also added a little heart in the corner (it’s not really visible), by making a “V” shape with a white nail art pen/brush. 
  • Index - Use a black nail art pen/brush to outline the glove and the fingers.  Add a line across the bottom for the “wrist” and then two lines on the “palm.”
  • Middle - Already done! I was contemplating adding a black bow since this is supposed to be Minnie’s dress, so you could easily add this with a black nail art pen/brush.
  • Ring - Use a dotting tool to make 2 smaller black dots on top of the larger dot you made above.
  • Pinky - Use a white nail art pen/brush to draw 2 lines in the middle of the red portion of your nail.
  • Finally, I added a topcoat (I like Seche Vite) and used Essie’s Quick-E drying drops to set my design.  All finished!

I hope this tutorial was at least a little helpful.  I’ll be trying to do more in the future and maybe a video?  We’ll see. :)

Hello my lovelies! I was working on a photo tutorial for my next Christmas mani and epically failed. I attempted a tape mani but when I went to remove the tape, my polish came off too! Anyone have any good tips for tape manis? I think I needed to use painters tape instead of scotch and I needed to let my base coat of polish dry longer before I put the tape on. So in conclusion, my tutorial will be a little delayed since I have work all weekend! But I promise to get one out soon! As always, let me know if you have any requests. :)