Nail Art – Sailing Boat

Nail Art

Sailing Boat

If anyone read my May Nails of the Month post, then you know I’ve got a real thing for blue nail varnish at the moment. And I wanted to create a design on my nails which incorporated some of my favourite blue nail varnishes and was nice and summery. The result was this Sailing Boat nail art.

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I started with a base coat as I do any time I paint my nails, and the one I used was A-England’s The Knight and then I painted all my nails with Topshop’s World’s Away, a nice light, bright blue colour, perfect for a summer’s sky. Then I created the sea by making a wavy line part way up my nail and filling in the bottom part of my nail with a slightly darker blue. The nail varnish I used for this was Wet n Wild Megalast’s I Need A Re-Fresh Mint. Then I added some waves by drawing short wavy lines over I Need A Re-Fresh Mint in different shades of blue, ranging from really light, to really dark. The nail varnishes I used for this were OPI’s OPI… Eurso Euro (the darkest blue I used), Zoya’s Blu (the lightest blue I used), Topshop’s Marine Scene and A-England’s Galahad. Finally I used Butter London’s frilly knickers to create a bit of sparkle, to create the illusion on the sun sparkling on the top of the water, but I made sure to scrap most of the glitter off the brush before I applied it as I didn’t want too much glitter.

Then on my index, middle and little fingers I used a dotting tool and Essie’s Blanc to create some clouds, making sure to leave space on my middle finger to for a sun. I used George’s Buttercup Shine for the sun, using a large dotting tool and then using a small brush to create the lines coming off.

On my thumb and ring finger I created sailing boats. I starting by making a vertical line in black down the middle of my nail, the nail varnish I used was A-England’s Camelot. Then at the bottom of the line I created a sort of trapezoid shape and filled it in with black, creating the bottom of the boat. Then I created the sails by drawing different size white triangles coming off the black line. I made the triangle of the right thicker and shorter and the one on the left longer and thinner. The white nail varnish I used for this was Essie’s Blanc. Then I drew a small triangle in red above the thicker sail to make a flag. The red I used for this was OPI’s Red Hot Ayers Rock. If I had any open blue space next to the boats, I went in with Essie’s Blanc and created some small clouds.

Then on all nails I created small ‘m’ shapes in a black nail varnish (A-England’s Camelot) to look like sea birds.

And I finished with a top coat to make everything nice and shiny. The top coat which I used was A-England’s The Shield, which is pretty much the only top coat I ever use.

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