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29 March 2013

Easy Easter Nail Art

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Easter is here and a lovely long weekend, which hopefully means lots of Easter egg eating, movie watching and general relaxation. 

To get myself in to the spirit of Easter now that I am an adult and sadly don't receive 10+ Easter eggs anymore I thought I would come up with some simple Easter Egg nails!

I decided to use the new Models Own Fruit Pastel nail polishes (£20 for all 5 from Models Own here or £5 each in Boots) as they are just the perfect shades for spring and create a really nice base for nail art when using all the shades. I actually only just realised that there are 5 nail polishes in each Model Own collection so you can actually paint each nail a different colour. I wonder if this was Model Own's idea in the first place? Probably so.  
 
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To create the nails you will need lots of different pretty pastel nail polishes, a dotting tool/hair grip and a nail art striping brush or a thin eyeliner brush. 

With all nail art I find leaving the base nail polish colour to fully dry is so important to be able to paint on the nail art easily. So I painted my nails with the Models Own Fruit Pastel nail polishes and then left them to completely dry for 30 minutes, of course getting on with other things. 
  • First on each alternate nail I created polka dots in different colours. If you don't own a dotting tools using the end of a hair grip/bobby pin will work in a similar way (though sets of dotting tools from eBay are under £2 - here). To create a neat looking polka dot pattern I always start with 4 or 5 dots down the centre of the nail and then place the other dots vertically either side. 
  •  For the more Easter egg looking nails you want to paint two horizontal squiggly lines with a nail art brush. These can be as neat or as messy as you like or even just straight lines if that is easier to do. If you want to change up the colour of the squiggles just make sure to keep a cotton pad with nail polish remover close by to quickly clean the nail art brush.
  • Next using the dotting tool again place a row of dots in between the two squiggly lines.
  • Finish with a clear top coat or even a sparse glitter top coat for a decorated egg look! I also dotted on Models Own Gold Finger over the central dots as I wanted to make my nails look more fun!
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Nail polishes used... 
Base nail polishes - Models Own Fruit Pastel in Apple Pie, Grape Juice, Banana Split, Blueberry Muffin, Strawberry Tart.
For the dots - Essie Tour De Finance, Kiko 419(coral), Kiko 422 (turquoise)
For the squiggles - Essie Tour De Finance, Essie Where's My Chauffeur?
Glitter nail polishes -Models Own Gold Finger, Avon Silver Plated
Top Coat - NYC Clear Nail Polish (Favourite clear top coat)

I really couldn't be more pleased with how these turned out. They looks so similar to when you decorate eggs for Easter but also very spring appropriate with the pastel colours. I will definitely be trying to keep these chip-free over the weekend by applying a top coat every day to keep them looking nice. 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing - hopefully eating at least one Easter Egg! 

Fee xo.


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