DIY Halloween Nails Tutorial with Matt Black & Red Glitter Polish

Are you ready for Halloween yet!? Have you thought about what nails you are going to have? No outfit would be complete without rocking some awesome Halloween nails. Today I am going to be showing you how to create a really simple technique that creates a really bad ass selection of Halloween nails.

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What you will need.

Black Polish
 Clear Matt Polish
Blood Red Glitter Polish
Deep Red Glitter Polish
White Varnish
Black Nail Art Pen
Top Coat

How to create your Halloween Nails

 If you want to recreate exactly, alternate your base coat. Three black, one White and one full glitter red.
 Apply two coats if required.
 Allow to dry.
 We wanted to create a Matt black with gloss glitter on top to create a contrast so we used the Matt varnish over the black base coat and allowed to dry.
 We then blobbed some white from the tip on one nails and from the nail bed on the other two, to create a dripping effect on top of the Matt black.
 Once that was dry we blobbed some of the blood red glitter over the top. The initial white coat helps the glitter to stand out against the black.
 Now to create your mummy. Use the black nail art pen and draw some thin and wonky lines to create your mummy’s bandages.
 Leave a slightly thicker gap two thirds up the nail, in the gap draw a couple of black blobs to create the eyes peeping through the bandages.
 Finish that off with a white dot to one side.
 Finish the set off by using a gloss top coat on the nails you haven’t created a Matt finish.

If you would like to see it in action before you give it a go, watch the video below.

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DIY Tutorial // Glitter Ombré Nail Art

This week I am getting my glitter back on and it is time for a glitter ombré nail tutorial and video. As autumn rolls in, I am putting the pastels behind me and going for something a lot darker and more seasonal. Whilst, I am not one for reds and oranges, I do love a good dark pink and throw a bit of glitter in and that is my autumn all over.

I very rarely have the same design on every finger nail so today we have gone for a different design on each finger, but if you want to keep things simple, I wanted to show you very simply, how you can create a glitter ombre nail art. It is so easy to do but is so effective, anyone can do it and make it look like you have been to the salon.

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What you will need

Any base colour you like, we used one like this and this.

Less dense glitter – We used Barry M Cosmetics Glitter Nail Paint Rose Quartz 

More dense glitter – We used Models Own Pink Fizz Glitter Nail Polish

 

How to create your glitter ombré nail art

It is best to start with a dark base if you want to go for a gold or silver glitter, but as long as the colours are contrasting you should get a great result.

Start by giving each nail two coats of your base colour.

Apply each layer as thin as possible.

Be sure to let them dry thoroughly before applying the glitter.

Take the fine glitter to the longest part of your faded affect about half way up the nail.

Build the more dense glitter up over the top, applying the most coverage at the base.

Again, be sure to let them dry properly. If you will be doing regular nail art with several coats, it may be wise to invest in a Nail Dryer.

Apply your top coat.

 

Check out the video to see how it was done.

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DIY Tutorial // How To Do Unicorn Galaxy Nail Art

If you have been following me on instagram or on my you tube channel, you will know that one of my favourite things to do is go and get my nails done with Kaycie Kyle. I have been going to see Kaycie every four weeks (or more) since December 2012 when I first moved to Bristol. This was the first set I ever had done and I have never looked back. You will never see me with out my nails done, and they will more often than not be embellished with studs, designs and the latest nail trends. I have never had the same set twice becuase there is soooooo many design combinations to try out. In fact, each time I go I say “next time I think I will go for something simple” and it rarely happens, they seem to get more extravagant each time!

Back in April I had dark galaxy nails for the first time, and through all the nail inspiration research we did before trying out this new nail art, these turned out to be the best galaxy nails I could find, Kaycie did a fantastic job, and of all the nail art I have had, these have got to be in my top five designs…. Until last week! I wanted to revisit the galaxy nails because they look amazing and when you know how to do them, they really are quite easy to achieve. Not one to ever have the same nail art twice, I wanted to create a little twist on the original galaxy design by throwing some unicorn inspiration, and by that I just mean the colour scheme and vibe I was hoping for. You can watch the video to follow the process all the way through but here is a summary of how to do unicorn galaxy nail art.

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You will need:

A base colour – We used Models Own Purple Nail Polish and Models Own Hyper Gel Blue Glint Nail Polish

4 “Splodging” colours – We used some of the Essie range but Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection  would work perfectly.

A Shimmer – We used Models Own Beetlejuice Collection Indian Ocean Nail Polish

A large glitter – We used Models Own Nail Polish Blizzard

Nail art brush and Pen – Models Own Nail Art Pen White

A Sponge

 

How to do Unicorn Galaxy Nail Art

Paint your choice of base colour on in a random order with just one coat.

In any order, paint a splodge of you pastel colours on to your sponge, and dab on to each nail. Repeat with each colour building up your spoldges on each nail.

Paint your shimmer colour across some or all of the nail in no particular order (the more random the better)

Wait to dry.

Use the thin brush of the nail art pen, and draw stars sporadically on each nail (1-2 per nail)

Use the pen nib of the nail art pen and dot small dots near the larger stars in clusters on each nail.

Use the Blizard glitter to cover over the clusters.

Wait to dry. – There are a lot of layers you will need to dry so don’t touch anything for a while!

 

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DIY Tutorial // How To Dye Your Hair Pink

I have been dying my hair for many years now, in fact I haven’t seen my natural colour since I was about 13 (apart from those pesky roots that keep coming through!). Over the years I have learned the best way to do things and what not to do. Ie: don’t use five strong peroxides on your hair in one weekend when trying to dye your hair from black to blonde! Yup, I did that at about aged 14/15 and my hair turned in to a chewing gum esq state. BE WARNED! After not learning my lesson, it was at the age of 18 that my hair was in such a bad condition I had to have it cut to above my shoulders and go back to a colour not far off my natural colour for a few to years to repair my hair.

Whilst we were away last week, we got rained on quite a bit, that combined with swimming in the sea, all that salty water completely faded my hair out and went a kind of silvery blonde with hints of minty green, randomly. So when I got back, I decided it was a good time to bleach my roots and try something a bit different, I quite liked the silvery blonde that was more predominant framing my face, it just needed a bit of fixing up.

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How To Dye Your Hair Pink

The base in which you start with will will impact the end result, and if you want a really pastel pink, you will need to have as netural base as possible. To start with you will need to bleach your hair as instructed on the packet. It has taken me a long time to get my hair so white blonde to be able to take my pastel shade of blonde, and I have gradually lightened it, and the shade of pink, over time so please don’t try and achieve this if your a newbie, pastel hair is an investment you will need to give a lot of time to. If your a first time home bleacher, take it easy and go very carefully. I AM NOT A HAIRDRESSER OR A PROFESSIONAL! (I can’t be held responsible for any damages so make sure you read all the instructions!!!!!!!!)




You will need:

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I apply the bleach directly to my roots using the brush provided. I use the sectioning technique and section my hair in to fifths. Starting with my fringe (mostly because I knew I wanted to keep it blonde and it would need the longest development time). I then do the two front sections, from my crown to my ears. I then part the remaining back section and work from my crown to my neck. I had to use one and half packets just to do the first few inches from the root because I have a lot of hair (and because I am quite liberal with it). Please be aware if you also have a lot of hair or you are doing the full lengths you will need two packs. Please read the label to find out the recommended coverage.

When dying my roots, they ALWAYS go a little ginger because my natural colour is quite a dark mousey brown. Instead of leaving the mixture on to a damaging state, I use lots and lots of toner. The good thing about the bleach I have featured here, it already comes with a platinum toner, which is basically a lilac toned conditioner.

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As you can see it was preeeetty yellow at the roots, so I used a covering of toner all over and then used the touch of silver shampoo and conditioner which works the same, and knocks out any brassy tones and gives you a whiter/more silvery blonde. I gave my hair a double shampoo and condition to get it to this stage.

To mix up the colour, it very much depends how dark/light a shade you want to achieve. I used half the bottle of conditioner in a separate pot that I could close and keep if there was any left over. A good tip is also to use an old conditioner bottle, but make sure you can see through the plastic to see what the shade is when you mix. Make sure you use a white conditioner too so you can get an accurate gauge of the shade. I then added two parts pink to one part purple, after mixing, I then added more pink until I was happy with the shade. You want the colour of the mixture to be about twice the shade you will want the end result.

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It is always best to apply your chosen colour to dry hair as it’s more porous and will absorb the colour better. So I dried my hair off. My fringe (which I wanted to keep blonde) was still looking a bit brassy, so before I started applying the pink dye, I applied more platinum toner and left it on whilst I applied the pink to the back section. Be warned the toner does have purple tones in it and does essentially work like a dye if you leave it long enough, I was perfectly happy to have a slight lilac tinge to my front section but don’t leave it too long if you just want a white blonde.

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I then applied my three parts pink and one part purple mixture from the root two thirds of the way down the length of my hair. Along with my blonde fringe, I also wanted a bit of an ombre style with silvery blonde tips so after putting the colour mixture through the roots for about four inches, I pulled it through the rest by twirling my hair in sections and working the colour down.

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It’s best to leave the colour on for as long as you can to achieve a long lasting colour, I have heard some people even leave it over night, but I left mine for about an hour. Since it’s just a conditioner mix, it won’t harm your hair and actually does the opposite.

You can apply the colour in any creative way you see fit, the point of having a funky colour in your hair is to have fun with it. Why not tweet me your colour hair! Tweet: @mermaidgossip #hairporn #whatcolourisyours I love to be inspired by other shades, and I’d love to know any tips you have that I can share and try out!

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DIY Tutorial // How To Do Mermaid Nail Art

If you have been following me on instagram or on my you tube channel, you will know that one of my favourite things to do is go and get my nails done with Kaycie Kyle. I have been going to see Kaycie every four weeks (or more) since December 2012 when I first moved to Bristol. This was the first set I ever had done and I have never looked back. You will never see me with out my nails done, and they will more often than not be embellished with studs, designs and the latest nail trends. I have never had the same set twice becuase there is soooooo many design combinations to try out. In fact, each time I go I say “next time I think I will go for something simple” and it rarely happens, they seem to get more extravagant each time!

If you are in Bristol, I can not recommend Kaycie highly enough, she really is a fantastic nail artist, she has such an eye for detail and has such control with miniature art. Her salon in Brislington is beautifully decorated and adds a touch of luxury, whilst being affordable and fantastic value for money. However, I appreciate, not everyone will be able to get a nail salon, so for the past few months we have been creating videos for you to try these things at home. The videos range in ability and a lot of the videos have been inspiration up until now, but since I have my new blog to create awesome content for (which is all very exciting) we have plans to create some fantastic nail tutorials that you can easily accomplish at home, we will be testing out new techniques and just having fun with nail design. I really hope you continue to enjoy our videos and inspiration.

This week (because I have gone a bit Mermaid mad!) with the launch of the new blog, it seemed only right to do something mermaid inspired, check out the video below to see how we achieved the look.

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