There's one thing I haven't really posted about on here (mainly because I'm a noob) and that is: beauty. Y'know, make-up and stuff. It's always good to let the experts do the talking, in this case manicurist Jenny Longworth.
If I didn't read newsletters as thoroughly as I do (yes I am the only person in the world who signs up for dozens of newsletters and actually reads them), I probably wouldn't have come across this great article on i-D online. It's a step-by-step guide to some very original nail-art and although I wouldn't take all the steps (skipping the bow + rhinestones) it still is a great idea and I thought I'd share it with you all.
More info + mini interview with Jenny Longworth over at i-D!
First, "Squeak" the nail plate with a cotton pad and some varnish remover. This will dehydrate the nail plate to ensure a smooth varnish application and lasting wear. Also apply a layer of base coat, this will prevent the colour from staining and also help the varnish adhere.
Then, on alternate nails apply a coloured French manicure effect. Sweep the varnish horizontally across the free edge of the nail. This will help you get a cleaner line. I used black and red for a Minnie Mouse feel. Once finished the tenth finger, go back and repeat the process to build up the colour gradually for a more even finish. Clean up any excess on the surrounding skin with a cotton bud soaked in varnish remover.
Next create the polka dots. I used Revlon's White On White and a professional nail art dotting tool.
However you can use a tooth pick at home or fine make-up brush.
Next I created my bows using coloured acrylic. This part is for the professionals only but you can paint the bows by hand or glue on fabric bows from a haberdashery to get the 3D effect.
Broken pieces of jewellery are also great for this. It's all about experimenting and being creative.
I also created a diamante half moon to give some extra bling to the look. Dab on some nail glue to the desired area. Then dip the end of a tooth pick or manicure stick into the topcoat. This will allow you to pick up a diamante easily to transfer it onto the nail. Push down firmly to secure it in place.
Finally seal the whole design with a top coat. Wait two minutes and then add some of Revlon's Liquid Quick Dry. This will both aid the drying process and rehydrate your cuticle area. Photography Emma Tempest. Manicure Jenny Longworth at CLM using Revlon nail enamel. Make-Up Lucy Bridge using Illamasqua. Hair Halley Brisker using Bumble and Bumble. Model Stacey Grant at Models1
All pictures & notes from i-D.