With all the new holiday nail polish collections popping up almost every day it’s hard to ignore that Christmas is just around the corner! Whether you’re up for some cute Christmas nail art or more elegant Christmas nail designs, we’ve got your covered! And, remember, festive nails are not just about the traditional red and green or blue and white color combinations, it can be any colour you want, just add a bit of glitter ;)
So here it is, the much anticipated SoNailicious Big Halloween Round Up! The 20 Halloween nail designs presented today are your own, dear SoNailicious readers and followers. With over 80 designs submitted, it was quite a challenge to pick just 20. We really enjoyed all the designs, you guys are amazing! There is so much talent out there!
So make sure you check out all the fantastic designs done by your fellow nail art enthusiasts and professional manicurists from all around the world. Jump on Instagram and check out the hash tag #SoNailiciousHalloween.
Which Halloween nail design is your favorite? Have you done any yourself? Join the action by tagging your Halloween creations #SoNailiciousHalloweenand follow SoNailicious on Instagram for more nail art inspiration.
Just a very quick post to let you know about a special offer we’re running for all SoNailicious readers during this long weekend (in Australia)! It’s a great opportunity to get our “30 Easy Nail Art Tutorials” e-book at a great price – 40% OFF the full price, from $14.95 to $9.00! Hurry though, the offer is valid for 2 days only. You can preview the book, see the featured nail art designs & download/buy it here. When purchasing just enter the code FBSN40 at the check out to get the 40% discount.
Our new book is about to be launched soon. However, the two books are very different and each features unique designs. So if you want to learn how to do the 30 nail designs featured in the “30 Easy Nail Art Tutorials” e-book, then now’s a great time. Because when the new book launches we’ll be running special offers for everyone who purchased our first book. It’s win-win for you! Save on the first book and save on the second. Sounds good? Get our first book now here.
If you have friends interested in nail art why not brighten their day & share this offer with them :)
Black nail designs… Last week we looked at some of the best ideas for white nails so it is logical that we look at black nails today! Black nails are such a classic elegant look and one of my long time favorites. In 1994 I even painted my nails in black with water colour pencils just because I couldn’t find a black polish anywhere in post-Soviet Russia! Well, we don’t need to go to such great lengths to wear black nail polish any more. Instead, we celebrate the classic chic of black by creating new elegant manicures.
Check out these 6 fab black nail designs:
A great manicure idea from always ultra-cool Camille of Pshiiit. Use striping tape to outline and separate deep blue duo-chrome shade from opaque black.
French manicure with a twist – more about this design here.
The famous Gatsby-inspired nails – re-create the entire look or just add the golden details to nail tips this manicure will look equally great. See our tutorial here.
Black and white nails with a studded pattern on accent. More about this design here.
How do you like these black nail designs? Which one is your favorite? Do you prefer white or black nails? And, if you try any of the featured designs, Tweet or Instagram us a photo of your nails (tag #sonailicious). We’d love to see them!
White nails are having a big moment this year! While some may argue white is purely a colour for summer or weddings, we’re aiming to prove that white nails can be worn all year around!
Check out these 5 cool nail designs and keep going with white regardless of the season:
Keep the colour but update the shape. Right now Almond shaped nails are in. Image by Getty.
Add a little detail on your accent nail. Use a dotting tool to draw a chain with a cross to re-create this ultra-cool design by Mallory.
Add a black outline on white matte nails. It requires a steady hand and maximum concentration but the end result is totally worth it! Manicure by MP Nails.
Add delicate geometric pattern to all nails. Draw tiny black lines with a striping brush to re-create Pshiiit’s manicure. It can also be small triangles, cubes or circles if you’re good with the brush or just tiny black dots if you’re better with a dotting tool.
White nails with a touch of colour and embellishments. Paint colourful tips, moons or chevrons on a white base. Go for clean bright shades that will accentuate the purity of the manicure. You can even add embellishments around the colourful bits to replicate A Thousand Nails’ immaculate manicure.
How do you like the white nail looks? Which one is your favorite? Are you keen to try some of them? If you do, why not Tweet or Instagram us a photo of your nails (tag #sonailicious). We’d love to see them!
It’s ironic that we’re located in a country that’s famous for it’s beautiful beaches, yet in less than 2 weeks we’re flying to the other side of the world for a beach holiday. Well, to be fair it’s not just a holiday but partially a business trip. However, since we’re travelling so far we decided to include Mediterranean beaches in our itinerary too. Just to make it all even more exciting! So in preparation for the upcoming vacation, we did our research on the best beach nails and here are our picks!
The best 7 beach nail designs:
Stunning detailed ocean nail design by Camille/Pshiiit.
Romantic beach nails by Bedizzle. Make sure to check out her blog for more artistic nail designs.
A simple summer sunset over the ocean nails by guess who?
Are you going on holidays this summer? Where and will you be doing some special nail art to celebrate your vacation?
As always, make sure you show us your beach nails! Whether you’ll attempt one of the above designs or come up with your own. Tweet and Instagram it to us with a tag #sonailicious. We would love to see it!
Many of my friends are getting married this year. Of course, everybody wants to have the perfect wedding day with the perfect wedding gown, shoes, accessories, hairstyle and makeup. But some brides overlook the importance of the perfect bridal manicure. That’s understandable, it’s such a busy time. But a bride’s hands are in the spotlight so often throughout the big day that it’s essential to get your bridal manicure right before you pose for photos, throw a bouquet and of course, receive that ring!
To ease the task of finding your perfect bridal nail design, here are our best 5 bridal manicures:
1. Dazzling Manicure
If you want to look dazzling during your wedding day, then get a dazzling manicure to match. For the wedding ring itself, there are more than 250,000 diamond ring designs available at77diamonds.comto help you select the perfect ring. To create a dazzling effect on your nails, opt for a silver glitter gradient combined with crystal adornments. Place them at your nail bed (as pictured, manicure by Whitney of DressedUpNails) or on the tips of your nails – both will look fantastic.
2. Ombre Manicure
Ombre nails is one of the most popular designs at the moment. It’s a subtle statement look for those of you who prefer minimalist chic. Use soft pink or light lavender and milky white shades to create the wedding perfect ombre effect. Manicure by Camille of Pshiiit.
3. Pearl Manicure
Some people prefer to wear pearl jewelry. If that’s you, try a pearly manicure. Sammy of The Nailasaurus created a perfect example – tiny pearls in a heart shape on the pointer finger and the other nails decorated with studs and glitter. For a simpler version, paint all nails in one base light pink or white shade and create one pearly accent nail (on the ring finger) of each hand.
4. Silver Manicure
You can go either for a silver metallic or silver glitter manicure. The new generation of 3D glitters (pictured NailsInc Maida Vale swatched by Pshiiit) are irresistible. Your bridal nails will sparkles brighter than all disco the balls in the reception room.
5. French Manicure with a Twist
If you’re looking for something classical and feminine, try a French bridal manicure. Simply add a thin silver glitter line at the nail tip. To take this look to the next level, add a small crystal in the middle of the silver line on each nail. Manicure by Surrey of ApolishAddict.
Wear the Orly Mash Up nail collection once and you’ll fall in love with it. While everybody else is focused on texture and holo polishes, true to themselves Orly has launched a completely different summer 2013 colour range. Don’t get me wrong, each of the 6 Mash Up shades is beautiful and right on trend.
The idea for this fun color blocking nail design was born out of some initial tests of shades we did to figure out which shades would go together. The design fits the mood of the collection and is perfect for summer. It’s clean yet includes colours and finishes that usually you wouldn’t see together on one nail. These colour blocking nails are a 100% Mash Up and we hope you like them as much as we do!As for the new formula, Orly polish is a pleasure to work with, fast-drying, highly pigmented and evens out flawlessly. The Mash Up shades lived up to our expectations! Our only criticism is Pretty Ugly, Teal Shimmer, Choreographed Chaos and Bubblegum Pink Chrome are all quite sheer. To get full coverage you’ll need 4 coats. All the other shades only needed 2.
Used:SallyHansen 300 White On (base), pattern: Orly Mash Up collection polishes: Pretty Ugly (blue), Harmoniousmess (lilac), Mayham Mentality (neon orange), Beautiful Disaster (purple), Choreographed Chaos (pink).
Also, a few of you’ve asked where you can buy Orly nail polish? This collection will be available from August 2013. The other shades are in selected pharmacies or online here in Australia and in USA, here.
So, how do you like these Mash Up Colour Blocking nails? Will you be trying this design for yourself? Make sure you Tweet or Instagram us your version @So_Nailicious with tag #sonailicious, we’d love to see it!
Disclaimer: products were provided for consideration, opinions expressed are our own. Full disclosure policy can be foundhere.
Update, 19 May 2013* Learn how to do these color block nails with our step-by-step tutorial here.
It’s inspiring to see how nail artists are translating our favorite cartoon characters onto nails. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! What about you dear readers, have you done any cartoon nails recently? Who’s your favourite character?
Tweet or Instagram us photo of your cartoon nails and tag it #sonailicious, we’d love to see it!
Ah, an abundance of chocolate and the bright colours of Easter… no wonder everybody is feeling so happy around this time of year. For many, Easter also means spring is here! Symbols of spring and Easter are a great source of inspiration for nail art – pastels, bunnies, chickens, flowers and of course, coloured Easter eggs!
Here’s 7 fabulous Easter nails designs to help get you inspired and if you’re brave enough, to try!
Easter Egg nails by MichellePhan are a combination of dots and zigzag patterns in pastel shades that resemble traditional coloured egg patterns.
Cute Japanese style pastel bunnies on bare nails. An easy Easter nail design by JennyYourWord.
Of course, no nailspiration post can be published without the inclusion of the nail designs of Pshiiit! These nails feature tiny mushrooms, flowers and a bunny winking at you from the thumb.
Cute bunny and polka dot nails by Pshiiit are a perfect idea for an Easter accent nail manicure.
Having your Easter nails done may help you to resist eating all those chocolate eggs. Every time you have a craving, just look at your pretty nails to forget about food. See? Nail art is good for ya! It can help you to stay in shape.