It is impossible to not peruse YouTube nail art videos and not get amazed at the nail design you can find there. How creative are some people!
I began researching how to do nail art without having to be an artist with a mini brush (which I am definitely not!), and found out about nail stamping. My interest for mermaids got me to this video, which I absolutely loved:
So obviously the first thing I did was to search for that stamping plate at the Mash Nails website. When I found it and saw it was available I searched for tutorials on nail stamping (I highly recommend this one), and after I learnt a thing or two I placed my orders both at Mash and Konad.
Being unable to wait for them to arrive, I decided to try some simple nail design to keep me busy. I visited a drugstore and bought a new set of nail files and 6 nail polishes from the new Margaret Astor collection, Fashion Studio. I had at home some nail rhinestones - a long time ago I visited a local dollar store and they had some miniature glass bottles filled with them. I bought the bottles to use in my miniature making and forgot about the rhinestones. I never thought I would give them some use, and it was lucky I did not throw them out!
So, I chose one of the blue shades (#256, Electric Ocean). I love this particular shade. It reminds me of the skin color of Mistique, from the X-Men movies. You need two coats of this one. Then I took the blue rhinestones and placed them on the side of my nails; 3 of them, in order big, small, big. Then I applied the top coat. How do you like the result?
If you notice, the pinky of the left hand looks a bit crowded, so in the right hand I put the rhinestones small, big, small, to give the nail a better look. I like how they turned out. I was so happy I forgot to clean my cuticles after finishing, but the natural light was fading and I wanted to take the pics. Excuse the mess!
After having finished, it ocurred to me that maybe red rhinestones would have been better for contrast (as Mistique's hair is red), but I had in mind the mermaid-y look when I was working.
I can't wait for the orders to arrive and start practicing the stamping!