OH. MY. GOODNESS. I did it! I finally had a successful nail jobbie and I really like it, even if I say so myself. It may have taken me longer than I’d like to admit, but I got there in the end. Not sure whether or not it was my imagination, but it seemed to go a lot smoother and even Leftie was being cooperative.
Considering my soaring ego, I decided to flaunt my nails by posting it on every web platform available. I’m just kidding, I know I’m still a nail novice, but I thought I’d share a step by step with whoever wants to try it too.
I’m calling it the Eclipse nail, because it sounds all mysterious, but mainly because it looks a bit like an eclipse. Obviously.
Before we start the tutorial, I’ll just go through what I used to achieve the look. I used Seventeen nail polish in true blue or peacock, sorry I can’t recall which one it was, but it’s blue either way alright? I also have a white varnish form the Rimmel Mardi Gras collection. Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails is on my MUST HAVE list – this stuff is just amazing and it works as a top coat, base coat or just give your nails a nice shine. Oh, AND it strengthens big time. Anyway, I’m not a Sally Hansen ambassador, so let’s carry on. The only other thing I used was some French manicure tip guides – you can get these off eBay for £1. So let’s get started.
This may have been the part I struggled with most, because I’m not great at symmetry, but I mostly just worked parallel to my cuticle. So stick the tip guides on at an angle to provide a clear crescent at the start of the nail. Like so…
This is easy enough; paint a white layer over the whole nail. You don’t have to paint over the tip guide, but if you do, it won’t really make a difference anyway, so go wild. I did two layers, because I wanted the white to be prominent, but if you wish to do one layer only, that’s A-Okay.
After the white varnish has dried properly – and I mean 100% – otherwise the tip guide will take some of the white along with it when you peel it off. So once you’re sure it’s dry, remove the tip guide and use the shape of the white polish to place the guide on the edge of the white. I reused the same guide, but you could use fresh ones if that takes your fancy. I’m probably not explaining this properly, so take a look at the picture
After placing the guides down, paint a layer of blue. I chose to do one coat only, because the blue is nice and dark. Again, if you want to paint more than one layer, go ahead.
Let this dry thoroughly and peel the guide off. You should now have a white rim around the blue. Paint a layer of top coat to seal it and you’re done.
Drumroll… the finished result. Ta-da!
That wasn’t too hard, right? Remember you can use any colours you fancy – a black base with pink or red will look super cute too!
Tell me what you think of this look and if you’ve tried it let me know how it went!
Till next time.