Nail Your Books #2 – Gradient Tiger Nails

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Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Today’s nails were inspired by a thriller I’m reading at the moment, which is Linwood Barclay’s No Time For Goodbye. Based on the cover’s dark colours and the book’s haunting atmosphere I wanted to do something darker this week. Here’s how it turned out:

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve a bit of an obsession with gradient nails so that’s why I used two different shades of blue but I think it would look great with just one colour as well. If you’d like to recreate this look, this is what you will need:

  • Base coat (Nail Experts Gold Strength by Avon)
  • Two other colours (Blue Escape and Cosmic Blue by Avon)
  • Black nail varnish (Fatal Black by Miss Sporty) or a black nail art pen
  • Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)
  • A cosmetic sponge
  • A thin brush

After starting off with a base coat to protect your nails, apply one coat of blue (the lighter one) and let it dry. Next, paint some of the darker blue onto a cosmetic sponge and lightly sponge this colour halfway down your nails. (Check out this video for the full tutorial)  When you’re done, apply a top coat to blend the colours together and to give your nails a lovely shine. And of course, let it dry before you proceed. Next, pick up the black nail polish and the brush – or a black nail art pen, if you have one – and paint some zebra/ tiger/ whatever stripes on your nails. There’s really no wrong way of doing it so don’t worry about how you’ll manage both hands – it will look fine. When you’re done with the stripes, you can add another layer of top coat to make your nails super shiny but it’s completely up to you. And that’s it! :) Here’s a better photo of how the gradient turned out:

What do you think? Have you ever tried anything similar?

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25 Responses to “Nail Your Books #2 – Gradient Tiger Nails”

  1. Mist@bookaholics says:

    I love them! I love the blue colours, they match the cover and the stripes look cool, I just got nail brushes yesterday so I’ll have to try some for myself :)
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  2. I absolutely love how you match your nails with books :) They look great!

    Hope you are having a lovely week :) xxxxxx
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    • Vicky says:

      Thanks! :)
      (It’s been pretty good and pretty bad at the same time. My laptop’s hard drive died on Tuesday and it’s still being repaired :( BUT the first term is over so I’ll have a bit more time for reading now)

      Hope you’re having a nice week as well! x

  3. Melissa says:

    I love them! So fun!!!
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  4. So pretty! Rawr.
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  5. Ohhh, very pretty! I love the subtle effect of the gradient colors :)
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  6. Oooh! They are so pretty! I definitely need to give a gradient effect a go as it always looks awesome :)
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  7. Pragya says:

    Ooh, they look so great! Vicky, I was thinking of you today when I saw this – http://fortunefavors11.blogspot.in/2012/12/nail-files-50.html I love them especially the snowflakes and rudolph ones!
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  8. Great idea, and I love how they look.
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  9. Katja says:

    Pretty, love the blues and the tidy black stripes.
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  10. Awesome, I love this feature on your blog.

    The nails look great and go well with the book =D

  11. Love the nails! They look awesome!!! :D
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  12. That. Is. So. Cute! LOVE IT! :) I’m such a nail polish junkie, so this feature is so much fun!

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