I'm sure you all know of my guest poster today, Lady Crappo has taken over nail art on tumblr which is where I first saw her amazing work so I'm really excited to have her on my blog for you guys today.
Hi folks! I’m Emily of Lady Crappo (@ladycrappo on Instagram). I was honored when Charlie asked me to do a guest post—her own nail art is so bright and beautiful, and she’s had a lot of very talented guest bloggers. Today I’m rocking some autumnal nails. As a Midwesterner currently living in Texas, I’m suffering from major fall withdrawal, and I felt like some nail art would help. I’ve also got a little tutorial on how I paint freehand stripes, like those on my middle and pinky fingers.
I love doing striped nails, and I used to always use striping tape for them. However, as I’ve gotten more confident with freehand art, I find it’s easier to do them this way. Especially if I want stripes of many different colors, which is really tricky with tape.
1) The first thing I do is use a white striper polish or a striper brush with a light-colored polish to lay out some lines across the nail. As you can see, these are very rough guidelines! They don’t have to be perfect and they don’t have to exactly match where my stripes end up, but it helps me to have a grid to work on, since the hardest part about stripes is keeping them even.
2) Next, I start at the very bottom of the nail and fill in the first stripe with color. I look at both the guidelines I painted and the shape of the cuticle to try and make the line even.
3) I work up from there, adding one strip at a time. For each stripe, I use a striper brush dipped in polish and start out with a single thin stroke, pulling the brush across from one side of the nail to the other.
4) Then I thicken it into a wider stripe. This way, if it starts out wobbly or tilted I have room to smooth it out.
5) I paint however many stripes it takes to fill up the nail. I usually don’t totally know in advance! As you can see, I end up totally painting over my guidelines.
6) There are usually some uneven or patchy areas, so I go back with a few colors and neaten up the lines.
7) I clean up around the edges and then smooth it all out with topcoat. You can also I decided the bottom stripe should be pale green, not cream, and painted over it. (Indecisively messing around with your design is optional.)
I hope that was helpful, and thanks so much for having me, Charlie!