Well, last night I was getting ready to do my nails and I was like, you know what? I'm gonna do it. I'm goin for it. IT'S TUTORIAL TIME. So I did some springy, pretty matte stripes with roses and then I made a tutorial!!
I did this design first on my friend Brittony last weekend and she loved it, and I think it's really good for nail art on a budget because you only need a few things - some polish, a striping brush, and matte topcoat.
The polishes I used are all Sinful Colors, which are not only $2 each regularly, but also go on sale all the time. Right now they're actually on sale at Walgreens for 4/$5! You can buy a striping brush for only a couple dollars on eBay, Amazon, or Born Pretty Store. The matte topcoat I used is from MASH and is currently on sale for $4 - you can't beat that!
1. Start with your base color. I used three coats of Sinful Colors Easy Going, a gorgeous suuuuper light pink that pulls almost neutral on me.
2. Using your striping brush and a second color, add stripes to your nails. I used Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth. The striping brush makes this so easy because all you have to do is sort of lay the brush on your nail and drag it. The stripes almost make themselves!
3. Using just the brushes from the polish bottles, make blobs of color at your cuticles. I used Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing (dark blue) and Sugar Rush (light blue). These can be as irregular and imperfect as you want.
4. Using your striping brush, add curved detail lines in opposing colors on the blobs. This doesn't have to be perfect either! Just picture the petals of a rose and paint curved lines haphazardly until it looks like you want.
5. Using your striping brush, add little leaves. I used Sinful Colors Mint Apple for my leaves. All you want to do is basically just touch the tip of your brush to the nail, which will make a nice little leaf shape.
6. Wait a few minutes, add your matte topcoat, and you're done!
I like this design a lot because it's super cute and doesn't require a lot of effort or perfection. Doing stripes takes a little bit of practice, but it's amazing how fast you can get the hang of it. And if stripes seem too daunting, these would be just as cute without them!
When I first finished these I left them shiny and liked them okay, but once I added the matte topcoat I fell in love with them. This is the first time I've used the MASH matte top coat and it surprisingly ended up being my favorite that I own. I like it because it doesn't give a super dry matte finish - it's just the tiiiiniest bit shiny still, which I absolutely love the look of. It reminds me a bit of the Illamasqua rubber finish polishes. It also doesn't change the color of the polish as much as other matte topcoats!
I did a quick nail wheel comparison of this matte topcoat with the other two that I own. On the left is the MASH topcoat, middle is Essie Matte About You, and right is Butter London Matte Finish. They're all over China Glaze Fancy Pants (which is GORGEOUS) and I included Fancy Pants on its own at the top so you can see how each topcoat affects the color.
See what I mean about the MASH topcoat not being quite as matte as the others? I love it.
Whew, that was a BIG post! What do you guys think of my first tutorial? I'm really happy with the way it came out and it makes me excited to do more tutorials (including VIDEO tutorials) in the future!
MASH matte topcoat provided for review.