Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland blog 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.
Due to popular demand I will also try to include a short tutorial with my photos so that if you like a certain design, you can try it for yourself. This week’s nails have already been done on Twitter back in October but I wanted to show them to you here on the blog since I know lots of people don’t have Twitter or just simply missed my post. The holidays are upon us and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by curling up with a nice Christmasy book, a warm blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. And what better way to make the holidays even more fun is by creating some cute nail designs!
This week’s nails are not your usual snowflake or snowman sort of design – the good news is, however, that they can be worn at any time of the year. People won’t look at you strangely if you try them in October, February or even in summer. Today’s nails were inspired by Abby Clements’s Christmas novel called Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, a book that I reviewed last month. Its cover looks very sparkly and it has all these shiny gems on it which made me want to do a similar nail design. Well, here’s the result.
I’ve a bit of an obsession with gradient nails and this was one of my first attempts at making it. If you’d like to recreate this look for the holidays, this is what you will need:
- Base coat (Nail Experts Gold Strengthby Avon)
- Two other colours (Heavy Metallilac by Catrice and Blue Escape by Avon)
- Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)
- A cosmetic sponge
- Silver nail art pen
- A toothpick
- 10 silver rhinestones
After starting off with a base coat to protect your nails, apply one coat of blue and let it dry. And here comes the tricky bit – the gradient. It’s not as difficult as it looks like, trust me. I will refer you to a tutorial on Youtube which might be helpful and it basically explains how I did my nails as well. There’s a few other methods but for me this one was the easiest so far. So, to do the purple gradient, check out this video and follow the instructions. (obviously, you will only need two colours for this one) When you’re done, apply a top coat to blend the colours together and to give your nails a lovely shine.
Important! Before the top coat would dry, you’ll need to apply the silver rhinestones. Here’s how to do it: pick up a toothpick and dip it into water. By using the toothpick, pick up a rhinestone, place it onto your nail and press it gently. And that’s it. When you’re done, take the silver nail art pen (or a dotting tool dipped into silver nail varnish, if you don’t have one) and make a dotted line above the rhinestone. When you’re done and it’s completely dry, you can apply another top coat to prevent the stones from falling off, but this is entirely up to you. And that’s it! Believe me, it’s a lot easier than it looks and the result is gorgeous.
Just a tip: your fingers will look super messy after the sponge method for the gradient effect. You’ll probably have paint all over your fingertips (or maybe I’m the one who’s terribly clumsy) – but don’t worry. Just get a few cotton buds, dip them into nail varnish remover and clean the extra paint off your fingers.
Will you give it a go? Do you have any other holiday themed nail design ideas you’ll try?