Nail art really isn’t my thing – I somewhat struggle to paint both hands without making a total mess of it, so the idea of painting a teeny tiny intricate design on a canvas the size of a fingernail….really not going to happen! But when Maybelline invited me along to learn some simple, but seriously impressive looking nail art designs I was pretty excited – and happy to report, that I actually learnt a few easy to do tricks!
I’ve included lots of step-by-step photos of the process and video tutorials for two of the looks. I also had a bit of a peak at some of the new launches coming soon from the brand.
I won’t try and explain the ‘Sealed with a kiss’ or ‘Spring Floral’ look as the videos do it far better than i ever could! But for the Ombre Animal Print the following steps are how to recreate this look:
- Start with your base shade, this will be the palest shade in the ombre, in this case a yellow.
- When dry (important) layer the next lightest colour over about 2/3 of the nail and use a sponge (in this case a sponge eyeshadow applicator) to lightly sponge the join between the colours and create a graduated blend.
- Repeat with the next colours in the ombre, letting each coat dry before starting the next.
- The next top tip is to layer over a glitter coat as this helps blend all the shades together and hide any slight imperfections.
- Then, when dry (again, important!) you can draw the animal print. These are simply painted with a fine brush, dipped in a black polish and painted in little uneven ‘C’ shapes plus a few little spots/blobs to keep things uneven.
- With the pattern make sure you get right to the edge of the nail to make it look as like a consistent nail wrap pattern as you can!
- When dry (very important – or else the patter will smudge and drag) pop your glossy top coat over and voila, you are Picasso of the nail world!
Now, mine aren’t perfect at all – but the main thing I realised was how even if the nail looks a bit rubbish during the process – when it’s all finished it somehow comes together and looks pretty good! It’s a lot easier than I ever though and whilst you won’t find me creating new masterpieces on every nail I do like the idea of recreating these looks as feature nails for a bit of a different look.
On the new product front – there are some amazing ‘dotty’ shades – more on these soon! But basically it’s taking the ‘speckle’ polish up a notch. Plus there’s a new nail removal product – basically the Maybelline version of the Bourjois 1 Seconde remover – which I’m a huge fan of so excited to see a new version on the market!
PR samples received at event.