Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Denim DIY!

Hey everyone, 

Recently I've been going a little bit mad on reworking denim! I'm not sure if I should do some sort of 'How to' posts showing you how I done these as there are quite a few out there. However, I will show you the end results of some pieces I've done. I've still got a lot more denim shorts, shirts and jackets to do but these are the finished ones. I have put these up for sale now on my eBay, so if you are interested I'll leave links to them below the pictures. Let me know what you think and if you'd like to know how I created them, enjoy! 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Dip Dye, Gradient, Ombré, Sea Foam Nails | Tutorial

You will need: 
White Polish 
2 Coloured Polishes
Make-up Sponge
Polish remover 

Step 1 - Paint your nails with two thin coats of the white polish and wait for it to dry. I used 'NYC - Pinstripe White' any white polish will do that is fast drying!

Step 2 - Drop some of your first coloured polish onto some paper (I used 'NYC - Lavender Cupcake'). Then taking the sponge dip a corner into the polish.

Step 3 - With the coated sponge, apply three quarters of the way up the nail in dabbing motion starting at the tip and working upwards. Let this dry until tacky.

Step 4 - Using the same colour and method as before, apply the polish 1 or 2 quarters of the way up the nail depending on the length of the nail. This will give a more opaque look towards the tips of the nails. Let this dry until tacky again. (During this step you may find the polish looks sticky and bobbly, this is normal and adds to the finished effect once top coat is applied.)

Step 5 - Time to add the second coloured polish (I used 'Barry M - Blue Moon'). Using the opposite side of the sponge dip into the polish and make sure there is a generous amount on there. Dab onto the very tips of the nail until they're completely opaque with the second colour, then with the excess polish on the sponge dab it upwards and into the first colour, this is what gives the nails that gradient effect.

Step 6 - Taking the white polish used for the base, dip the sponge sparingly into it, dab any excess off onto the paper and apply it using dabbing motions again but on the opposite side of the nail, and going towards the tip instead of away from them. (If you feel there isn't enough of one colour showing through just go back and lightly add more, it will not effect the design.)

Step 7 - While the nails are still wet, apply a layer of your chosen top coat this blends all the colours together and gets rid of the bobbly-ness. Once the layer of top coat has dried completely add another coat. It's important to let the nails dry completely after the first coat of top coat here as you don't want air bubbles to form between the layers.

Step 8 - Once nails are completely dry, take a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and clean up any messy bits!

And you're done!