#OMD3nails! Day 17 – Shoes

Hello! I’m back on track in the #OMD3 challenge! Today is day 17 and the theme is shoes. Oh shoes. A girl’s dream topic.

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I wasn’t too sure how to create actual shoes on my nails so I decided to take a bit of inspiration from some cute flat shoes from Dorothy Perkins (you can view them here. They’re currently in the sale!). I really love the pastel blue colour and they look really nice with three quarter jeans while the British weather can’t make up it’s mind. They have a bow at the front with a little charm attached.

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I thought that these would be great to recreate and I really enjoyed creating this design. I opted for a mix and match look and created two nails with a bow, a nail with my version of the charm and two nails featuring a kind of half moon look.

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I used Duck Egg Blue by No7 from Boots as my basecoat. I’m not sure if this available any longer since I got this polish in a free No7 promotional gift last year. I know there are similar colours out there though.

To create the charm inspired nail, I started in the centre of the nail with a small circle but I didn’t fill it in. I added rough semi-circle shapes around this circle and repeated the process until I filled the whole nail. I love this design because it looks complicated but it really isn’t! I used a white striping tool to do this.

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Next up, the bow. I used my Barry M nail art pen at first to draw on the shape but I think it’s reaching the end of it’s life 😦 So I went over the top of the design with my white striper to make the design a little more visible. I used a small nail art brush to add a tiny hint of OPI’s Birthday Babe silver polish to the end of the bow.

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I created the half-moon type nail by starting with the base colour and some Alpine Snow polish by OPI. I was going to use a French manicure guide but the polish hadn’t quite dried enough to resist a sticker. Instead of being patient, I used a white striper to section off my nail and created a curved line. I then filled the top of the nail in with the OPI polish. After this dried, I once again used Birthday Babe by OPI and added a stroke of polish where the lines meet.

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On my thumb nail, I repeated the bow design and added a little diamanté in the centre of the bow.

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As always, you can take a look at the other designs in the challenge by clicking on the in link gallery below.

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That’s all for today’s post! Thank you for reading! 🙂

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#OMD3nails! Day 9 – Pattern

Hello! Today I will be showing you my mani for the prompt ‘pattern’.

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Apologies for my poor photos. Lighting wasn’t on my side… 😦

I wasn’t sure what to do for this design. My mind said stamp but most of my stamps are from an earlier Bundle Monster collection and the designs don’t really fit my nails properly. So, freehand was the only option. I was quite scared.

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Again, I didn’t do every nail because I thought they would be a little too in your face. So I did every other nail instead.

I started by applying the most amazing midnight purple colour by OPI in the shade ‘Lincoln Park at Midnight’ (thank you to my bestie, Zara for that one) and added two coats for depth. After this dried, I used a white nail art striper and created horizontal lines across the nail while resting my hand on a table and slowly rotating the nail. I am really bad at getting even lines and I didn’t have the patience to use striping tape.

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Next, I used a medium dotting tool and my favourite white polish (OPI Alpine Snow) to create the dots. I simply overlapped the dots with each line slightly.

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This almost turned out to be a #nailfail but I’m actually pretty happy with the design and think I’ll try it again some time to improve my lines.

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That’s all for today. Apologies for jumping back and for through the prompts. I may try to get back on track for the end of the month’s prompts.

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to join in! Click the prompts below to visit the reference page and take a look at the other nails in the linkup!

Thanks for reading!

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