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The lovely Nicole a.k.a victory_nails on Instagram, has created this awesome monarch butterfly nail art tutorial for us today! Although these bring summery thoughts to mind, these are a fantastic nail art look for fall and winter as well! And if you want to get spooky, you could mix up the colors and go darker for an awesome Halloween design! You can see some of Nicole’s other amazing designs in her Nailpolis gallery, and her Instagram as well!

 

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Step one: Sponge your chosen ombré colours onto a white base w. a makeup sponge. Repeating a few times to get desired colour blend.

Step two: Paint diagonal ‘moons’ in the corner of each nail w. black polish.

Step three: Paint 1st line across the nail, diagonally, from middle of each moon
To the opposite corner.

Step four: Follow w. 2 more diagonal lines on each side; down the centre of each section.

Step five: Make an arch at the top of each section & fill w. black.

Step six: Dot small white spots along the arches. Top coat & clean up.

Cheeseburger in paradise

Today we’re interviewing the amazing Emiline from Nail Polish Society! Emiline believes “that every woman is entitled to define her beauty how she sees fit. It is her prerogative to wear red lipstick with her hair in rollers, diamond earrings to complement her gardening gloves, or gorgeous nail polish while in her sweatpants watching Star Trek episodes or reading a Jen Lancaster memoir.” You can read more about her adventures in nail art on her blog, and her Nailpolis gallery as well!

 

Tell us some things about yourself!

Well, let’s see.. I’m married to my wonderfully supportive hubby and we have two adorably energetic kiddos. I studied American Sign Language interpreting in college and ended up working in cosmetics. I come from a large family, eight girls total! None of us were girly girls growing up. I was a late bloomer when it came to beauty products. But I think working in cosmetics and running a nail polish blog have helped me make up for lost time. Two other hobbies I’m passionate about are reading and pen palling. Both have really suffered this past year from all the time I spend on my blog. It’s a constant tug-of-war of what I want to do the most.

 

I was a late bloomer when it came to beauty products. But I think working in cosmetics and running a nail polish blog have helped me make up for lost time.

Phantom of the opera

What first got you into nail art?
Nail art was something I just stumbled upon. I mean, I knew it existed, but the only nail art I had seen before seemed so cheesy and I could never see myself wearing it. Then thanks to some aimless wandering on the interwebs, I found awesome nail art techniques such as water marbling, stamping, etc. There are some techniques that I like better than others. Right now I’m having fun trying anything and everything. I like to play and do outrageous designs that I typically wouldn’t wear, but get a kick out of anyway. I constantly strive to develop new skills so that I can inspire myself, and hopefully others as well.

I like to play and do outrageous designs that I typically wouldn’t wear, but get a kick out of anyway.

Swirling vortex

How many bottles of nail polish do you have?
That number steadily grows more often than I’d like to admit. Before starting my blog last year, I thought I was a little eccentric, owning an entire OPI traincase full of polishes (ha!). Not too soon after I began blogging, my bedroom was overflowing with bottles. My discovery of indie polishes is partly to blame. The count is now 450+ and growing. I also hoard tools, accessories, and stamping plates.

Drive scorpion jacket nails

If you could have any polish in the world off your wishlist, what would it be?
My wishlist multiplies every day, but there is one that I would REALLY love to have. Ever since the Rouge Louboutin polish was released I’ve pictured owning it. Not to use it really, but to be placed upon a shrine as an idol of sorts. It’s such a beautiful work of art!

Mermaid glitter nails

What’s your favorite design that you’ve created?
Oh, that’s really tough to make me choose! I have too many favorites! I will say that my Banksy mani has a special place in my heart. I did that only weeks after starting my blog. I didn’t expect starting a blog to be such an emotional roller coaster, but it was. When I did that mani I was so proud of myself. It helped me feel like, yeah, I can really do this!

Bansky girl with balloon

How do you take care of your nails?
I naturally have very thin, weak nails so I have to be very careful. Keeping an application of nail polish on actually helps protect them from damage. The best thing I’ve done so far is assigning my husband dish duty. Now I only wash dishes if it’s necessary. I’ve seen a huge improvement!

Mint and chocolate interlocking dotticure

What’s your favorite color family of nail polish?Neutrals for sure! Browns, nudes, and grays are truly alluring to me! It’s funny though how I’ve come to appreciate all color families thanks to the endless array of beautiful choices available. Who knew I’d ever wear yellow nail polish?

Before starting my blog last year, I thought I was a little eccentric, owning an entire OPI traincase full of polishes (ha!). Not too soon after I began blogging, my bedroom was overflowing with bottles.

If you break a nail to the quick, do you chop them all short, or try to ignore the one?
Chop them all off! It would be impossible for me to ignore the nub. I can’t stand to have them skiwampus.

Get out your sunglasses watermarble

What’s the longest you think nails can be before they start seeming scary?
My nail beds are really long already, so I don’t let them grow very much past the tips. It really just depends on the hands and shape for me that determines when it starts getting into the scary zone.

What’s the most expensive polish you’ve ever bought?
Deborah Lippmann La Vie en Rose, it’s the only Deborah Lippmann I own so far. It’s not loud or flashy, but very soft and feminine. Something about it just spoke to me. I typically try to be savvy with my purchases, but I’m willing to dish out a little more for something special.

Distressed water marble #2

Jennifer a.k.a Polished With Love has made this wonderful Sugar Spun Nail Art tutorial for us today! Don’t be afraid to get messy with this one, in fact, the messier, the better! Check out more of Jennifer’s lovely nail art in her Nailpolis gallery here.

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Step one: Paint two coats of your favorite polish (mattify it if you wish).

Step two: Place a few drops of the fist polish on a piece of foil. Let it dry for ~ 5 minutes.

Step three: Once it’s goopy, use a Dotting tool to swirl and drag it.

Step four: Place a drop on one side of the nail and drag the polish string across your nail.

Step five: Repeat on all nails.

 Step six: Add more colors and don’t forget to clean up! No topcoat needed!

Fall Leaves And Shift Happens

Today we’re interviewing the lovely Michele from ManicTalons! Her blog specializes in gel nail polish, and her nail art is out of this world! And if you want to get a peek at more of her nail art, you can check out her Nailpolis gallery here as well!

1. Help us get to know you a bit!

I’m the voice and nails behind ManicTalons!  As a mother of two young boys, I decided I needed a place to escape from the growing number of Super Heroes and toy trucks in my life, so a blog was born.  I am mostly a gel polish user, so it just seemed natural that my little slice of the internet would focus on gel polish as well as my art.  By day I am mother, by night I am an artist.  It is a glorious double life.

By day I am mother, by night I am an artist.  It is a glorious double life.

 

Double Gradient Stamping for Fall

2. What colors do you use the most in your nail art?
I try to use a large range of colors, but a quick look at my polish stash reveals that I am a sucker for teals and blues.  I can’t seem to get enough of them.

3. What are some other nail artist’s you like to draw inspiration from?
There are so many!  Andrea at www.Chickettes.com is a personal favorite.  Her use of different techniques and textures in her art pieces has always called to me.  It’s not my personal style, so I think that adds a bit of wonder for me.  Kim at www.TenLittleCanvases.com is another.  Kim is a stamping master and constantly pushes the limits by adding new techniques to her nail art.  For example, she dabbles with acrylics, gel paints, and various crystals and studs.  Finally, I can’t forget the master of gel polish art – Billy from Fine Touch Nails (aka Billy820Nails on Instagram).  His ability to force gel polish to submit to his brush is simply mind blowing.

 As a mother of two young boys, I decided I needed a place to escape from the growing number of Super Heroes and toy trucks in my life, so a blog was born.

Glitter Placement With Gel Polish

4. When did you first start creating nail art?

I’m a bit of an infant in the nail art world.  I never painted my nails at all prior to March 2011.  Nail polish just wouldn’t stick to my nails. Then I discovered gel polish and an obsession was born, but I still kept it simple with a glitter accent nail or a few dots for about a year.  I started branching out into nail art more when I discovered stamping in 2012.  Over time, stamping lead to more freehand attempts, and here I am!

Boston Terrier And Roses

5. What nail art tools do you use the most?
My Bundle Monster detail brushes and dotting tools stay within my reach these days.  I’m also extremely fond of my XL Squishy stamper. I can’t stamp to save my life without it.

6. Do you have any other hobbies?
Does chasing my little boys around count?  I find I don’t have time for other hobbies at the moment, but I do enjoy a good book when I can find a moment to steal away.

I’m more of a blue jeans and t-shirts kind of girl.  My nails, on the other hand, are usually very elaborate compared to my overall fashion style.

Pretty Little Sunflowers

7. How would you describe your style?

Manic!  I have been gravitating toward floral designs lately, but my style is definitely all over the place.  I might wear a very feminine and soft manicure one day and switch to something completely punk the next.  I get bored easily, so I like to bounce between soft and bold colors.  If I wear a soft pink manicure, the next manicure is likely to be super dark or super bright.  I do find that I like for my nails to enter the room before I do, though.  I’m not much of a trend chaser.  I’m more of a blue jeans and t-shirts kind of girl.  My nails, on the other hand, are usually very elaborate compared to my overall fashion style.

Sweet Summer Strawberries

8. Have you ever thought about becoming a nail technician, or do you prefer to stick to your own nails?

This is a very timely question.  I am currently in the middle of a major change in my life.  I spent the past 10 years working in the area of database administration and marketing analysis as my day job, and I now have the opportunity to switch gears and do something completely different.  I am strongly leaning toward following my passion and getting my license.  I’ve been researching local nail tech programs for the past month!

Double Stamping With Mundo de Unas And Pueen

9. What was the most difficult nail design you’ve ever undertaken?

Definitely my attempt at using dried flowers with gel polish.  I love how it turned out, but that was the most frustrating design I have done to date.  The stem bud on the back of the flowers made it nearly impossible to get the flower to lay flat on the nail, and the gel polish kept re-hydrating the petals while I was trying to work with them.  I imagine they would be much easier to use with traditional lacquer.

Dried Flowers In Gel Polish

10. What’s your nail care routine consist of? 
My nail care routine is mostly focused on my cuticles.  Changing my gel manicures as often as I do exposes my skin to more acetone than the average person, so I’m constantly combating the drying effects.  I file and shape my nails every two weeks and gently push back my cuticles with Blue Cross Cuticle remover.  I then apply a cuticle balm and let that soak in before moving on to my manicure.  However, the majority of my nail care routine occurs after my nails are done.  I am constantly massaging oils and balms into my cuticles throughout the day to help keep them moisturized.  My current favorite oils are Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil and Girly Bits Frazzle Fixer.  I also alternate between Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter and Sweet Baby by Donna Cuticle and Hand Balm in Warm Honey.  Finally, right before bed I apply pure jojoba oil to my cuticles and then finish with a good slathering of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.  I also sleep in moisturizing gloves once a week for a deep moisturizing treatment.  It sounds like a lot of work, but most of the time I’m mindlessly applying the oils and balms out of habit now. 

I might wear a very feminine and soft manicure one day and switch to something completely punk the next.  I get bored easily, so I like to bounce between soft and bold colors.

 

Simple Rainbow Gradient With Gel Polish

Today Elodie from the french blog Haut les vernis, is showing us how to create these beautiful One Stroke Dreamcatcher nails! Elodie’s One Stroke nail art is just so amazing that we had to ask her  how she does it! You can see more of her nail art in her Nailpolis gallery here.

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Step one: Paint nails with white polish and lightly sponge with a sheer tinted polish

Step two: Dip half of a square brush in yellow acrylic paint, the other side in red, and then slowly paint a half circle.

Step three: Reload your brush with the two colors, and paint a jagged line down the center of the nail.

Step four: Outline the circle and jagged line to create the feather and dream catcher.

Step five: Paint some black lines for the strings and use a dotting tool to add some yellow and red dots.

Step six: Finish with your favorite top coat, and you’re done!

 

Bridget a.k.a A Painted Nail has created this Saran Wrap nail art tutorial for us! This is an awesome look on it’s own, but you could also use it to spice up a stamped design, or use it as a base for some spooky Halloween nail art! Keep up with Bridget’s nail art in her Nailpolis gallery, and her blog A Painted Nail too!

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Step one: Paint nails with base color and allow to dry.

Step two: Dab balled up piece of saran wrap in secondary color.

Step three: Using saran wrap, dab secondary color onto nail. Use a light hand and try not to completely cover the base color.

Step four: Use small brush and acetone to clean up, finish with your favorite top coat, and you’re done!

We’re doing something a bit different this week, since our new badge is Veggies, Please, With a Cherry on Top, we’ll be having two roundups, one featuring veggies, and one for the fruits! Stayed tuned for our fruit roundup later in the week, and tell us down in the comments what your favorite designs are!

 

1. We <3 veggies!

I Heart Veggies nail art by Charlie Bourdeau

2. A tomato a day keeps the doctor away

31 DC- Lycopene Nails aka Tribute To Cardiovascular Health by Jayne

3. Vegetable garden nails

Veggie Garden nail art by funatyourfingertips

4. Colorful mushroom nail art

Mushroom Nail Art by Melissa

5. Some kawaii tomatoes! 

Kawaii Tomato Nail Art ◕‿◕ かわいい! by madjennsy Nail Art

6. A full spread of veggies!

Veggie Nails nail art by ladycrappo

7. A is for apple….

Alphabet Delight nail art by YoMu_Designs

8. Holographic stamped carrots

Holotta Carrots nail art by Polishfreshie

9. Sneaking in some fruit salad (shhhh!)

fruit salad nail art by Marianna Kovács

10. These are some hot nails!

Chili Peppers nail art by Yasinisi

NOTE: Nailpolis artists worked very hard to create these designs showcased in this article. Please respect our artists and ALWAYS credit them if you are sharing their nail art. Please do NOT use these images without the artist’s permission.