I have been LOVING watching Lily Allen play around with her fresh new style. She is looking amazing (particularly considering she has recent had 2 children) and I love that she is fearless when it comes to colour. She’s been experimenting with some wacky nail art on some super long extensions and, once again, I have been creeping about on Instagram taking notes on her latest manicures to share with you guys!
These bad boys are neon hippy crazy and I absolutely love them! I’m sure they took a few hours to complete! The tie dye nail art is really effective in these neon colours and, believe it or not, it’s actually really easy to do at home! To Copy the design on Lily’s thumb first you need to pick the 3 or 4 colours you want to use and draw some vertical lines on the nail using these polishes – make sure you use quite a lot of product when drawing these lines as you don’t want them to dry straight away! Once you have drawn the lines take a cocktail stick and drag horizontally straight through the lines of polish – this will mix the colours together and create the tie dye effect.
When you have mastered the technique you can start experimenting and move away from vertical lines… give some horizontal lines a try! You can also use more colours or, alternatively, use only 2 colours to create a similar swirling pattern design like the one on Lily’s ring finger. You can even add some glitter to the finish design to add a bit of extra sparkle!
Embellished nails, see above, are also quite easy to replicate using a steady hand, some nail art studs/crystals/pearls, a splash of nail glue and a bit of imagination. Prep your nails, apply your chosen base colour and allow it to dry, then go crazy with the nail art studs!! Remember to finish with a slick of top coat.
If you aren’t a massive fan of intense nail art designs then an ombre fade pattern, shown in the picture above, is a great choice – especially for shorter nails. If you’re feeling adventurous you can add some glitter or a few studs to complete your ombre fade look.
Unfortunately there is absolutely no point in me giving you a step by step tutorial for the nails above. The truth is, there is no easy way to complete a nail art design like this! You just need to have the patience to play with some nail art pens and polishes for a few hours and still have enough patience left over to embellish the set of nails with some studs and crystals!
Article by Louise Henry
Louise joined The Beauty Cloud team in May 2014 as our Nail expert. She is a fully trained & qualified Nail Technician running her own little nail bar in Bangor, The Nail Room at Salon75.
Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook