Summer Brights (with nail tattoos & home made polish)

My favorite thing about Summer beauty – apart my skin having a natural tan for once – is all of the bright nail colors. It’s such a cheerful and carefree look . So, in this spirit I decided to give nail tattoos a try and make my mani even more fun!

Nail Tattoos by Nail Art

Nail Tattoos by Nail Art

These are pretty easy to apply, I didn’t even need to use tweezers. I had to be very careful when peeling them off the backing with the more delicate designs so they didn’t snap. The glue on these is so strong I had to make sure I got the placement right first time. I went over them with a top coat of clear varnish to really seal them to the nail.

Stars: Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow

Stars using Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow

Bows using Orly Nail Laquer in Hot Shot

Bows using Orly Nail Laquer in Hot Shot

Nautical using my own mixture called Sparkling Sea

Nautical using my own mixture called Sparkling Sea

How to quickly make your own polish:

  1. Start with a bottle clear top coat that is already around a third used up. Lay out some newspaper as this is about to get messy!
  2. With a pair of tweezers mash up a small powder eye shadow into a fine powder. I mixed blue and little bit of pale gold together.
  3. Create a narrow funnel with a piece of paper, making the end the same width as the top of your bottle.
  4. Carefully shovel about a quarter of the eye shadow into the funnel. Keep giving the funnel a gentle tap so the eyeshadow doesn’t back up.
  5. Screw the lid on firmly and quickly rub the bottle between your palms to blend it all together . Be patient and don’t shake it as this will create air bubbles.
  6. Keep on repeating step 4 and 5 until the polish is the desired color.
  7. Your polish will now be a lot thicker than before. Thin it out by adding a teeny tiny drop of gentle/conditioning nail varnish remover. Don’t over do this bit or your nail polish will constantly separate as soon as you put it down, which I soon learned! (Before each use give the bottle a little giggle to blend it together again smoothly).
  8. Et voila! All that’s left to do is name your totally unique shade of polish.

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