Friday, 7 December 2012

Let Them Eat Cake!

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I've been wanting to do cupcake nails for as long as I've had an interest in nail art, so I have no idea why it took me over a year to give it a go. I'm really loving pastels right now, so I've used a similar colour combo to this mani that I did a couple of weeks ago.

Full sunlight

Partial sunlight

Full sunlight

I've put together a tutorial for this one (it's been awhile since I last did one, I'm sorry!). I've listed all the polishes that I've used at the bottom of the post because there were over 10 of them and I didn't want to clog up the tutorial listing colours. Here we go!

Step 1: Apply your protective base coat and then apply a nude polish (I didn't take a photo of this sorry, but you should all know what a nude coloured polish looks like!).

Step 2: Apply a light shade of your chosen colours to the tips of your nails. These will be the cupcake cases.

Step 3: Using a thin brush (I used size 000), use a darker shade of each colour used in the previous step to paint vertical lines on top of your lighter colours.

Step 4: Using the polish that you want to use for the icing of your cupcakes, paint a dome above the cupcake cases, and cover parts of the cases slightly so it looks like the icing is dripping. I just used the brush that comes in the polish, but you might prefer to use a large dotting tool.

Step 5: Use a glitter polish on top of the icing to form sprinkles. Don't worry if it's slightly bumpy, your top coat should even it out.

Step 6: Apply your clear top coat and quickly add some rhinestones while the top coat is still wet (I bought mine from ebay, search 'pearl rhinestones'). I use a dotting tool dipped in clear polish to pick up and place my rhinestones. Do a second coat of top coat to seal the rhinestones in place. Finished!

So what do you think? Not as hard as it looks right? I think these would look really cute done as Christmas puddings. I might give it a go closer to Christmas if I have time ;)

Colours used:
Nude: OPI's 'Barre My Soul'
Greens: Revlon's 'Minted' and China Glaze's 'For Audrey'
Pinks: OPI's 'I Think In Pink' and 'If You Moust You Moust'
Yellows: China Glaze's 'Lemon Fizz' and OPI's 'Need Sunglasses?'
Blues: Essie's 'Bikini So Teeny' and China Glaze's 'Secret Peri-wink-le'
Purples: China Glaze's 'Sweet Hook' and OPI's 'Do You Lilac It?'
White: Essie's 'Blanc'
Glitter: Gloss 'n Sparkle's 'Unicorn Spawn'


Love it? Hate it? I want to hear about it!
Have questions? Ask away!

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