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Nail art - Matte lace and bows

I don't think I've featured any nail art on my blog for a while now. I do attempt new designs quite regularly but often it doesn't work out quite how I wanted it to and if it's not good enough for my high standards I won't feature it on my blog. I attempted a new look today (I first attempted it last night and it went slightly wrong) and I'm really pleased with how it turned out so I thought I'd share with you.

Lace and bows nail art

Lace and bows nail art

Lace and bows nail art
As always I started with a base coat. I wanted a nude look so used Ciate's Amazing Gracie, which is a very pale ballerina type pink, as a base colour. This is a very thin colour so I used four coats to get it completely opaque. I usually only go for three coats as I quite like that you can still see your nail through the colour slightly but for this look I didn't want to see the nail.  I then applied a top coat to seal the base colour.

Next I used a Sharpie to draw on the lace effect. You can obviously use a nail art pen but I often prefer to use to use my Sharpie as I feel like I have more control.  I left my nails for a while to make sure the ink had dried (I've had a problem recently with designs smudging when I apply a top coat) and then applied Rimmel's Pro matte finish top coat over the top. I did then realise that I'd set my ring finger with a glossy top coat when I could have just gone straight in with the matte top coat on that particular nail!  

I then put a small blob of nail glue (I used a Nails Inc one that came in a Bling it on set for attaching studs but you could use false nail glue too) where I wanted to position the bow (just sticking it to your wet top coat isn't good enough) and using tweezers I placed the bow on the glue and then held it down, again using the tweezers (I've glued my fingers together too many times!) until it had set. I've used the bows for designs before and thought that they would pop off quite easily but actually they really do stick down and I usually have to pull them off when I remove the design.  

I wanted a matte look to the design, as lace is matte rather than glossy, but you could use a glossy top if you wanted to.  I think the nude look really suits this design but I think it would also look nice with something like a bright pink with white lace.

What do you think of matte lace and bows?

 
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12 comments:

  1. This is fab - I need to get a sharpie!! xx

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    1. Thank you :) Sharpie's are great for nail art x

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  2. Wow, these are so frickin' adorable! I especially love the little bow and how you mixed it up by doing one finger with a different design. I'm not sure I could replicate this like you do, but I definitely feel inspired to go paint my nails now!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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    1. Oh it's super easy you literally just draw the lace on and stick on a bow! You could actually make a bit of a mess of the lace and it would still look good :) x

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  3. You did a great job with your nails. I envy people who can do amazing nail art. The bow is cute :)

    http://www.popgoesfashion.com

    Mary x

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    1. Thank you :) It's actually quite a simple design x

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  4. Your nails!!! <3 I love the bow!

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  5. ahh these are too gorgeous- how elegant?! + I never even thought of using a sharpie, I'm terrible at getting the precision right when it comes to nail art (slightly odd as I'm not a half bad painter!) so will definitely be trying that trick out-thank you!

    I think these would look so lovely for an evening out, definitely going to give it a go for my sister(s) upcoming birthdays!

    Hope you have a lovely week! L xo
    Head-full-of-flowers.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Actually yes I think you're right these would look lovely with a nice dress for the evening or maybe something like a wedding x

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  6. Wow this looks amazing, defnitely gonna have to try this. Not normally a fan of nude nails but these look great
    Beth x
    mermaidindisguise.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm not normally a fan of nude nails either but I do really like this look x

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