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Monday, August 19, 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie's Mademoiselle and Feathers

  Hi everyone!  I'm back this week with a Manicure Monday featuring this little beauty!



  I bought this a couple months back and hadn't used it yet and we were supposed to go to a wedding this last weekend, and I thought this would be the perfect clean and wedding appropriate color.  I decided to add a nice delicate design and hand painted feathers onto my nails!  I used a water-based acrylic paint in White that I purchased from Michael's for about $2 bucks or so.  Really cheap.  I used some nail art brushes, the kind that are very long and super skinny and I purchased a little set from Sally's for around $15-$20 or so.  And here are the results:


  I took a glitter striper nail polish and used it down the middle of the feather for some sparkle, since I love a little bling and sparkly things on my nails.  It's a really nice way to add a subtle eye catching "something".





  The feathers took a lot of practice, and I actually got the idea from Pinterest.  I also found a video tutorial that was super helpful also, you can find it here.  So, for this manicure I used the usual; OPI Nail Envy nail strengthener as my base, and Seche Vite as my glossy finishing top coat.  I used Essie Mademoiselle as the base color and I believe I used 4 thin coats to get this opacity.  I then used one really thin layer of Seche Vite and then added the feathers and glitter stripe down the center of each feather with water-based acrylic paint you can get from any craft store.  I put the feathers on top of a thin coat of Seche Vite so that in case I messed up, I could easily wash it off with soap and water and start over again.  Of course, I finished the manicure with a nice coat of Sech Vite for the shine and gloss!

  I think this nail art is very versatile, so you can use any colors you like.  Here I used a base of pink and white feathers.  You could do a clear, or a neutral base and use black feathers if you'd like too!  You can also use whatever color glitter you prefer!

  I hope you enjoyed this short Manicure Monday!  This has been one of my favorite nail arts that I have done so far, it's dainty, feminine, eye catching and super pretty!  It's actually quite easy once you get the hang of it too!  Make sure you all check out the tutorial video I linked, it is extremely helpful!

  I have seen feathers everywhere and lots of feather nail art so I guess it's been pretty popular!  Have you tried feather nail art?  What do you think of the trend?  Let me know in the comments!  Hope you try this out for yourself! ♥

31 comments:

  1. Good LAWD, I love your nails, Anna! I've seen feather nail art everywhere as well, it's really been so popular! Never tried it, but I'm totally down to. Thankfully, I do have this Essie colour - I just need to buy the white paint and the glitter striper! (Where do you get striper nail polishes anyways? Never could find any! .-. )

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    1. Aww thank you so much June! <333 I'm glad you liked it! I purchased the glitter striper from Sally's Beauty supply! They have lots of colors, I have a white and black striper and the silver one as well. I believe there are Sally's in Canada, so maybe there's a local Sally's Beauty supply near you! ^^;

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  2. omg you painted the feathers! i thought they were stickers :3 you are so good <3 thanks for providing a link i would like to try this nail art sometime. btw anna how do you clean the thin brush that you used? im looking for something like it here but cannot find. i am thinking if i cant find this nail brush ill just buy the ones from an art store lol :D

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    1. Aw thank you Shayne! Actually, quite a few people thought they were stickers too! haha. Thank you, it took me about an hour to do both hands (my right hand is not so good because I am only right handed haha). The nail brushes I purchased from Sally's Beauty supply I'm pretty sure are synthetic. I have not used regular nail polish with them, but the paint I used is water-based acrylic paint, which can be easily cleaned off the brushes with warm water and soap. I think I'll be doing a post sharing my nail tools I use when doing nail art and the kinds of things I use them with. ^___^ Thank you as always for your interest in my blog! <3

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    2. Oops I forgot, regular art store brushes could work for nail art too! ^^b Just remember, my nail art like this feather art I did here, I used water-based acrylic paint. I have not used my nail art brushes with actual nail polish yet! >__>;

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    3. yes pls post an entry on your nail art tools :) where do you get those water based acrylic paint? also from the craft stores? or is there a special nail polish line / brnd for it? :)

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    4. Yes you can get water-based acrylic paints from any craft store. I purchased mine at Michaels. Be really attentive to the packaging though, the first bottle I picked up was NOT water based lol, so I had to return it and get the correct paint. Also, water-based paints (at least in the US) appear to be cheaper than the other paints you would use on a canvas.

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  3. Oh man you must have a steady hand, it looks amazing! The colours look super sweet together^-^ I've never tried feather nail art, but you've made me want to have a go~ even though it'll probably go everywhere haha ._. x

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    1. Practice definitely helps! Trust me, I sit there for about 45 minutes before actually painting anything on my nails to get a feel for it first. I hope you give it a go! It gets easier the more you do it! <3 Thanks again for visiting Emily! <333

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  4. Thanks for sharing the video tutorial <3 this is lovely and creative!

    xoxo, MICH GLOSSARY
    Instagram: @michelleothman

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for reading! I hope you get a chance to try the tutorial out yourself! <3

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  5. heyy i just nominated you for the liebster award! For details please go to my blog and don't forget to subscribe :D
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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination! I'll be sure to check it out soon! <333

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  6. OMG, your nail art is lovely!!!!! I really love the idea. It's so elegant!!!! I love Pinterest!

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    1. Hi Jen! Thank you so much! I was hoping it'd be elegant! haha. Pinterest seriously is the magical land of inspiration for real! lol. Thanks again for visiting! <3

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  7. The soft feathered look is so pretty! I especially love the little bit of glitter added to it. I love seeing intricate nail art like this!

    P.S. I'm giving away free Remy hair extensions on my blog!

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    1. Hey Sabrina, thanks for stopping by! I think my favorite part about this nail art is the glitter also! Thanks again for reading! <3 Hope that maybe you can try out the tutorial as well!

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  8. These nails are AMAZING!
    Definitely gonna practice in order to achieve this ><

    http://shinesque.blogspot.ca/

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    1. ^__^; Thank you so much for reading! Don't worry, you can do it! It's super easy once you get the hang of how you are supposed to do the brush strokes! Good luck! <3

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  9. this is GORGEOUS Anna! Looks so elegant and classy and super feminine. Basically all the concepts I love in one look!! LOL Thanks so much for posting this look definitely going to try this out the next time I do my nails!! ^o^
    seoulstine.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah, thank you! ^___^ I love this theme as well! The video was super helpful, I hope you post pics if you decide to try it out! <3 As always thanks for reading!!

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  10. You are one creative lady, Anna. I thought your nail art was done by a professional. But hey, you ARE the professional. I would love to learn how to do the feather art too and will check out the link!

    I skimmed through your comments thread and I love how we are similar in engaging our readers with replies. I also read more about you. A wife, employee and student? That's managing so many different hats. You must be really good at your time management.

    I'm not sure if you check back on replies so here goes:
    Thank you for dropping by and leaving me a note, Anna. I appreciate the 2-way communication too. There are a couple of places with locks but never once had the hubby and I thought of buying a lock, writing our names and locking the locks there. Thanx for your lovely compliments!

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    1. Hi Jo! Thank you so much, you are so sweet! ^__^ I like to make sure that I interact with the people who come to interact with me! My lifestyle has allowed me to indulge in my blogging hobby mostly because my schedule is really in my favor and I always make sure my priorities are set straight before I "play". I loved your documentation of your recent travels to Italy and have enjoyed what you have shared. <3 Will definitely keep in touch.

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    2. I saw the video and I prefer your nails a lot better probably because I like those natural shades of pink and white that looks so romantic. I wish to have more time to blog too and it's great that you could play around with your schedule to blog. Thanx for following me. I'm also gonna hit the GFC and bloglovin button now. See you around!

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    3. Aw thank you Jo! That means a lot! I really liked the pink and white, especially for the occasion (wedding) it was for. I think white and black feathers would look really eye catching and chic with gold glitter as well. I love that the feather look can be done basically with any color combos that suit your style, but I hand it to the gal who made the video since I believe she came up with the look. ^^b

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  11. this nail design is so pretty, thank you for sharing! the feathers details looks so soft♡

    xoxo,
    www.whimsicalityindisguise.com
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    1. Hello! Thank you so much! It's a great feminine look! You're very welcome, I hope you try out the tutorial I linked! Thank you again for reading! <3

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  12. Your nail design looks so nice!!
    I really love the feathers you drew^_^
    I've always wanted to try to do something
    like that but I have really shaky hands so
    I think it would take me forever>_< ahah
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you! It took a while for me to get used to using brushes for my nails. This type of nail art definitely takes a lot of patience and practice. ^__^b I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  13. I stumbled across your blog today and saw this little post on this feather nail tutorial....how adorable is this design!? I would love to try this design out on myself one day. I think my left hand would look much nicer than my right hand being right handed - but as you say, practice makes perfect! Such a delicate design - love it!

    Jen xoxo

    http://suprajen888.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Jen! (^___^ ). Thank you! I'm glad you liked it, it's actually one of my very favorite nail arts I've done so far. Definitely check out the video tutorial I linked, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. ^^b Thanks for visiting! <3

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