Christmas Tree Nails

Here are this year’s Christmas nails for you to admire :)

After cutting and filing the nails to the size and shape I wanted, I painted them all in a pale grey colour (Revlon’s Silver).

A pale grey forms the base/background of the design

A pale grey forms the base/background of the design

When that dried I used a sparkly green to draw the trees.  If you don’t have a steady hand, you can use striping tape to mark out the shape, and fill in the tree.  I opted for free hand because this sparkly green polish is very thick and peels off easily, and I know from past experience that it doesn’t work well with striping tape.

Flip the nail over, and draw the trees from the end of the nail, not the base

Flip the nail over, and draw the trees from the end of the nail, not the base

I added a layer of clear green polish over the trees to help the polish stick better and to slightly darken the hue.

Next step was to apply some silver glitter to the tree to look like the bauble decorations.  I found the easiest way to do this was to gently stick them on with my finger, while the polish was still tacky.  You could use tweezers also if you wanted.

Pour out some glitter, then press your fingertip onto the pieces. Then gently press your fingertip onto the tree - some glitter bits will stick on.

Pour out some glitter, then press your fingertip onto the pieces. Then gently press your fingertip onto the tree – some glitter bits will stick on.

Next I applied a tiny daub of nail glue to the top of the tree, and, using tweezers, carefully dropped on a gold star.

Here you can see the completed nails, flipped to show you the trees from the viewer's perspective

Here you can see the completed nails, flipped to show you the trees from the viewer’s perspective

Finally, I applied loads of clear polish over the top to protect all the fine glitter and to give the nails a nice shine.  PS the glitter and stars I used were from a selection I bought off eBay – you can usually pick up a set for a dollar or two.

Usually the colours are a random selection, but this is a pretty good indicator of what you will likely get.

Usually the colours are a random selection, but this is a pretty good indicator of what you will likely get.

You can see that I did the Christmas trees upside down – that is so when you show them off, or turn your fingers down to look at them, you can see them right way up :)

The completed nails.

The completed nails.

And here they are on, so you can see what I mean by flipping them the way I did :)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

 

Black and white eyes

This is another simple look, but makes for fun contrast times 😛

First I covered my entire eye lid up to the brow in white eyeshadow.  This provided both the bright top section and a base for the black.

Next I very carefully applied a shimmery black eyeshadow with a wet brush.  This allowed me to make the sharp cut in crease shape with no blending.  It also lets you fill in any gaps that dry brushes sometimes leave.

Takes a bit of time and care to apply the black without smudging into the white, but well worth it!

Takes a bit of time and care to apply the black without smudging into the white, but well worth it!

I blended the wing with my finger to get a softer effect, and smudged a bit at the inner corner (so it looks silvery rather than black or white).

White eyeliner on the lower water line is a must when using very dark eyeshadow (at least for me), as it opens up the eye and makes it look bigger.  I also used mascara on the lower lashes for the same reason.

Because I had heavy eye makeup, I opted for pale glossy pink lips to balance out the overall look.

Hmm I think I want to go blonde again, I like the colour in this pic (plus will help hide all my grey hairs!!)

Hmm I think I want to go blonde again, I like the colour in this pic (plus will help hide all my grey hairs!!)

Pink and grey, for every day!

Another simple look for today’s post – something you can wear day or night 😉

I used a medium silvery grey for the eyelid, stopping right at the crease.  Next I used my favourite highly pigmented pink Chi Chi on the crease and above to the start of brow bone.  I like the sharp edge on this one!

I love pink and silver together :)

I love pink and silver together :)

I blended the pink down into the grey just at the outer corner and smudged the two under my lower lashes just a bit.

Finished off with a grey/silver eyeliner pencil and lots of mascara to the upper lashes.

Mascara, mascara, mascara!

I’m able to apply eyeliner to the waterline without freaking out now LOL!

Bronze eyes

Just a quick smattering of bronze eyeshadow for today’s look.

I used a deep brown for the eyelid, and then a loose shimmer dust in bronze for the crease and inner corner.

Suitable for everyday wear :)

Suitable for everyday wear :)

I also used the bronze on my lower water line.  Be careful applying eyeshadow dust to the water line as you might end up with crazy splotches all in your eyes (I speak from experience!)

Legend of Zelda nails

Earlier this year, I went to the Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses concert in Sydney. Given this was both a geeky and fancy affair, I decided I wanted some nails that were appropriate.

I opted for a fairly simple concept – sparkly green, but with a yellow Triforce on each thumb.  The green sparkly polish I used was very thick, and I found it tricky – great for removing, but not so much for dealing with fine detail, as you’ll soon see.

Nevertheless I painted all the nails except the thumbs in sparkly green polish, then applied yellow to the thumbs, and overlaid this with a sparkly yellow.

Just a little bit of sparkle :)

Just a little bit of sparkle :)

All the sparkles!

All the sparkles!

The tricky bit was next. I had decided to mark out the triforce in striping tape, and then fill in the gaps with the sparkly green, leaving the yellow showing from underneath to form the triforce.

All striped up.

All striped up.

Seemed fine in theory, but I didn’t bank on the glugginess of the green, so getting into those small points was tricky and required additional tools besides the nail polish brush.

Did okay though!

Did okay though!

After letting it dry, came the badness.  I peeled off the striping tape, and due to the consistency of the green polish, a lot of it tried to come off too.  So it wasn’t my finest work, but the theory was sound.

Here they are as a set after emergency repairs to the thumbs.  I’m still pretty pleased with how they turned out :)

Zelda nails!

Zelda nails!

Smokey purple eyes

This look was created using a smokey palette given me by my friend Fliss.  The great thing about this palette is that it has instructions on the back that tell you where exactly to put the colours to get the best effect.

The palette is by Maybelline and is in the Stylish Smokes range (#6 Amethyst Smokes).

The palette is by Maybelline and is in the Stylish Smokes range (#6 Amethyst Smokes).

So following the instructions, I opted for the “Dramatic Smoky Look” (because, why wouldn’t you!) and first applied the shimmery purple all over my eyelid.  Next I used the matte purple to blend into my eyelid crease just to below the brow bone.

The next step was to use the white above the crease eyeshadow on the brow bone all up to the eyebrow.  I also brought this down along the inner corner for highlighting, and under the lower lash line.

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The colours are suitable for both night and day wear.

Finally, I applied the black (which has a glittery pigment) to the outer crease.  I could probably blend this along my upper lashline next time for a bit more definition.  I finished off the look with white eyeliner on my lower water line, and mascara on both lashes.

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Bold red and silver rock look

I was wearing a faux KISS t-shirt so I thought I’d go for something rock-like and bold for my eyes.

First, I covered my lids all the way up to my eye brows in shiny metallic silver (Chi Chi’s Cyber Vixen).

Then I marked out a large wing of red on the outer corners, which fanned outwards and upwards to the end of my brows.  I used Lime Crime’s Siren for this.  I then lined my upper lashline with Makeup Geek’s amazing red gel eyeliner, Poison.

I really find it hard to stop using that red!

I really find it hard to stop using that red!

Next I applied white lines (in NYX’s Milk jumbo liner) to either side of the red panel, and applied a line of silver glitter (Chi Chi) on the lower side of the white line.

I then applied more of the NYX white liner to my lower water line, loaded up my lashes with black mascara, and we’re done!

I love the silver too :)

I love the silver too :)

More Christmas makeup!

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I wore this look!  I really need to post more regularly 😛

This is the makeup I wore to my family Christmas functions last year. I really love how this turned out :)

Christmas eyeshadow :)

Christmas eyeshadow :)

I used the matte dark green Chi Chi that I’ve used before, applied with a wet brush to get the most pigment on my eyelid.  Then I used Lime Crime’s loose eyeshadow dust in Siren to carefully line my crease and up to the below the brow bone (note, no smudging for once!)

This is an opposite application of my previous Christmas look.  I think this is more dramatic :)

This is an opposite application of my previous Christmas look. I think this is more dramatic :)

I applied white eyeshadow above this, right into the browline, and used a smudger brush to blend and soften the red shadow line.

Next I applied a dark green glitter liner to the outer corner of upper lashline, flicking it a ways.   I applied a second line of silver glitter eyeliner above the green.

I love how good green and red look together!

I love how good green and red look together!

I then applied a light dab of green shadow to my lower lashline, and blended this with white.

Finally I applied white eyeliner (NYX in Milk) to my lower water line, and loaded up my lashes with black mascara.

A bit of red lip gloss finishes of the look :)  Happy Christmas 😛

Having a bit of extra time in the mornings does wonders for one's makeup regimen!

Having a bit of extra time in the mornings does wonders for one’s makeup regimen!

Tropical pastels

This look is one I made with the little eyeshadow palette I reported on a while back.  I bought it off eBay listed as a glitter palette, but it was definitely not what I expected.  However I was delighted to find that, despite being a bit cakey, the colours are quite nice and very pigmented, so I considered it a good purchase.

First I applied pale yellow to the eyelid, stopping at the outer corner, and also applying a little to the inner eye corner and down to the first third of my lower lashline.

Next I applied blue/teal to the crease, and swept this out to the corner of my eye to line up with the end of my brow.  I then applied soft pink to the brow bone.

Great colours and pigmentation for a cheap eBay purchase!

Great colours and pigmentation for a cheap eBay purchase!

I then applied peach to the outer corner, swept right up to the outer point of my eyebrow.  I also took this down below my lower lashline, joining up with the yellow.

I finished off the look with white eyeliner pencil to the lower lashline to make my eyes brighter, as well as a coat of black mascara to both upper and lower lashes.

Don't really like this photo due to bad camera settings choices, but the makeup looks good :P

Don’t really like this photo due to bad camera settings choices, but the makeup looks good :P

Shades of Green

Today’s look is one of several shades of green.  I used my Chi Chi travel palette (I call it that because it’s the one I take when I go on holiday, as it has a good selection of colours and doesn’t take up too much space).

I first applied loads of the darkest green (which I’ve used in looks before, and you may remember me saying it doesn’t have a lot of pigment, so needs to be layered).  I applied this dark green to the bottom half of my eyelid, then blended the medium green from the middle to the top of my eyelid.

Fifty shades of green?

Fifty shades of green?

Next I used the bright lime green and applied that across the crease and upwards to just below the brow bone, giving it a big broad sweep outwards.

I used a Chi Chi green eyeliner pencil to line my lower waterline, and then applied mascara to my upper lashes.

I think it turned out quite well.

Green eyed lady

Green eyed lady