Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nail Art: Easter Chick


To create this simple but cute design you will need:


A black polish, a yellow polish, a white polish, a orange polish and a turquoise - obviously you don't have to use the same brands as I did. From L-R we have Revelon - Black Lingerie, NYC Lexington Yellow, Barry M Matt White, Barry M Gelly Satsuma, Barry M Gelly Greenberry.


A dotting tool and a fine art brush will also be needed, although household alternatives can be used, such as a cocktail stick!


1) The first thing I did was applied a thin base coat. This just stops any staining, and since we are using a bright yellow polish, we definitely do not want staining.


2) I then took the Barry M Matt White and did one coat of this. As you can tell it is a bit streaky, so I wouldn't recommend using this white - preferably something a bit thicker. 


3) Now it is time to create the egg shell and the chicks body. I did this by drawing a jagged effect with the yellow nail polish (NYC Lexington yellow) - it doesn't have to be neat! An egg doesn't crack in perfect lines after all.


4) This is where the dotting tool comes in. Dip the dotting tool slowly into the black nail polish (Revlon Black Lingerie) and dot it lightly onto the nail to create two eyes.


5) Creating the beak was probably the hardest part, but I did this using Barry M Gelly Satsuma and a thin artist brush. This allowed me to make a small beak. As you can tell they aren't perfect triangles, but they do the job. 

 I also got this annoying air bubble on my pointy finger. Not impressed.


6) The final step is to take the thin brush again, and using the turquoise colour outline the egg shell. This just makes it easier to distinguish between the shell and the chick, although after doing this step I sort of preferred it without the line. It would look gorgeous with a gold glitter!

 It really didn't take me that long, and I will admit some nails looked better than others, but if you are patient these can look really great. 

 If you have a go at these then send me a link to your nails @daenabe on twitter. Please note I am not a nail artist and therefore everything looks a lot more human and there are some errors and bits that need cleaning up!
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