Friday, 16 March 2012

Paddy's Day Manis FTW

So Paddy's Day is upon us - sing Hallelujah, begorrah, begosh. If you're at a loss as to what to do with your lovely talons then I got your back, yo. I've done some of the simplest designs I can think of so there should be something for everyone. 

First up is the patriotic splatter. I got the inspiration for this one from the fabulous Lynnie's splatter tutorial over on the other week. Instead of a straw I used the empty tube of a biro.

First tape up your nails, paint a white base and then use the biro tube (dipped into your polish) as if you're peashooting. This was the most fun to do. Just be sure you use a paper towel underneath to catch any escaping splatter.

Colours: Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Liquorice, Seche White and Barry M Gold Foil.
Next up is probably the easiest of the lot. A few scoops, anyone? If you're at a loss for green polish or reluctant to buy it just for the day that's in it then this is the mani for you. Black with white tips is really effective and the harp, of course, is the optional extra. I used a tootpick to draw the harp in gold and it doesn't have to be too precise (thankfully).

Colours: Avon Nailwear Pro + in Sea Breeze with a coating of MAC glitter in Crystallized Lime 

This is another simple one that gives a great effect. The ever generous Mags over on Emerald Eyeliner kindly donated this MAC glitter through the week. It's the poifect Paddy's Day colour and just goes to show that you don't need green polish for a sparkly look.

Paint your nails in your base coat and over a folded page, tip the glitter onto your wet nails. Use a brush to get rid of the excess and a high shine topcpat to seal the glitter in place. The remaining glitter can be funnelled back into your pot from the folded paper.

Coulours: Revlon Gold Coin and China Glaze, Emerald Sparkle

& finally, another easy squeezey look, which is probably the most subtle of the lot. Revlon's Gold Coin is a beautifully vibrant gold (sent to me in a swap by the gawgus and ridiculously talented Lorraine). I used a hair clip to place three dots on each nail and a toothpick to etch the stems. Et voila, Paddy's Day loveliness.

Of course if you're short on time or confidence in your naily abilities, you always have the option of painting each nail alternating green, white & gold for a quick look.

There should be something there for everyone or if you've done your own versions I'd genuinely love to see 'em.

Happy Paddy's Day, everyone. Have a great weekend!

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