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Aztec Nails Tutorial

I’ve had a nosey on the internet, and I can barely find any simple nail tutorials out there, I know that when I first got into nail art, these were what I wished was on the internet. Youtube provides some good ones, but there isn’t many on any blogs.
So i’ve decided to make my own series, starting with aztec. I’m going to be running this once a week, so if you have any suggestions, tweet me @paigemcdonagh, or email me at paigemcdonagh(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Aztec is one of the best nail art designs out there, firstly, its really on trend, clothing wise, and second, you can make mistakes, and cover them up as if they was meant to be there. I love aztec designs, they go with everything, and you can pretty much make them up as you go along.

Firstly, paint your nails with any base colour you fancy… I used Models Own: Concrete Mixer

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Then add a stripe anywhere you fancy of a contrasting colour. I choose Flourescent Orange. Give your contrasting colour a black outline, and add some black and white stripes. (wherever you want)

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Add some detailing, you can use a nail art pen, a paintbrush/nail art brush, a dotting tool, or even a toothpick! I used my nail art pens in black and white. Be creative, look around for inspiration. I will post some pictures and links at the end of this post, for some inspiration.

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Now, add some dots! in black, or white, or any other colour you fancy!
Make this design fun!

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As bad of a photo that is, you can see I dotted around the cuticle line, and up to the free edge.
Add some topcoat, and your finito! ;)

This is just my take on Aztec nails, you could do something completely different. This is a great place to start as a beginner to nail art!

Inspiration:
WAH Nails: the official best of the best for aztec nails:
http://wah-nails.com/tagged/aztec

Effiesmakeupbox: did a lovely set of Aztec nails, she does awesome nails too, check her out :)
http://effiesmakeupbox.blogspot.com/2011/05/whats-on-my-psychedelic-aztec-nails.html

That’s me done for today…
Over+out!
Paige
xx

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gradient manicure tutorial.

i’ve never done a gradient before, because most people complain how hard it is to do etc, so i’ve steered clear, then i thought, im really good at sponging polish in different ways (see tomorrows post) so i thought i would try it. technically i did this manicure yesterday, and the post tomorrow will be from my mani on sunday, so im kinda doing this backwards.
onto the tutorial….

i used: barry m: white
barry m: black
barry m: grey
topshop: cloud
models own: grey day
seche vite
nails inc oxygenating base treatment

step one,
paint you nails with a your base coat, then your base colour, im doing a grey gradient, so i chose the lightest grey i own, realised that it wasn’t light enough, so mixed barry m white with models own grey day and used that, just use another brush to paint them with, i used a lid to mix it in.

step two,
take the next darker shade you have, i used, topshop cloud, mixed in with the colour i mixed myself, and take a makeup sponge, -the key to an amazing gradient- and sponge it about 3/4 of the way down the nail. (WARNING: this is on my left hand because i forgot to take photos of the steps on my right, so if it looks a bit sh*t, thats why, but i will show a photo of my right at the end to show how well it went)

step three,
then take the next darker shade, i used topshop cloud, and sponge just above where you last did it, you’ll be able to tell by the photograph.

step four,
repeat step three, using your next darker shade i used barry m grey and sponge a bit above again.

step five,
last step of sponging: use your darkest shade, or mix one up, i used barry m grey, mixed with barry m black and you just sponge the tips. TIP: if the lines look to harsh, or you can see where you have sponged previously, use the colours again, and re-sponge to make it look more mixed.

step six,
use a topcoat of your choice to mix all the colours together.

this is my right hand…

this sounds a lot harder than it actually is, just experiment and im sure you’ll get it!

paige

xx

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rainbows on grey days.

the rain influenced this post!

because its all grey and ugly and rainy outside, but just grey is boring, so i added some water marbled rainbows!
slight bit of trial and error with polishes, but i think i got it…
my set up!
stage 1
stage 2
never got any pictures of the other stages because i was too busy actually dunking my nails in :)
left hand
right hand
i can never ever get a good photo of the other hand. grrrrrr.
i used….
red: opi: color so hot it berns
orange: opi: flit a bit
yellow: collection 2000: sherbet lemons
green: china glaze: kiwi cool-ada
blue: barry m: cyan blue

and the grey was models own: grey day.
plus 1 coat of seche vite.

i did have a purple, but i took it out because it was making it look a bit too dark+harsh
until today, i have never really been able to do a decent marble, but i think im getting the hang of it..
-use a base colour (i used grey)
-make sure the polishes are thin
-definately use ‘room temp’ water
Paige
xx
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