Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Rainbow Ripple

Hi guys! Sorry about the late post! Things have been a little hectic at the moment! This week we've decided to move away from the Olympic nail art - though we've enjoyed every minute of supporting Team GB on our nails!

Anyway, here's something lovely and colourful to spice up your nails - and uses all the colours of the rainbow (which by now you should all know I am very fond of doing!)

As you can see, very simple and easy to do! Promise!

All you need is as many colours of the rainbow as you can get your hands on, and patience!

Start at any edge of your nail with the red, painting a small semi-circle. Then work your way out with each colour following the rainbow.

What do you think? What have you guys got on your nails at the moment?

Monday, 30 July 2012

Olympics Nails #2

So I wasn't too sure how the Opening Ceremony would turn out but I thought it was FREAKIN' AMAZING!!! Good job all round! So... going from a Doubting Thomas to a Keeno Chris (OK, so I may have made this last one up) this post is dedicated to the London Opening Ceremony!!!

Dee is currently actually working at the games and for some CRAZY reason the staff aren't allowed to wear nail varnish, so I'm taking the reins at the moment! Hope you like!
Thumb: Olympic Rings
1) Paint on a white background
2) Get a blue, black, red, yellow and green nail art pen and paint on small circular rings (unfortunately mine went a bit wonky!)
3) To finish off, I added '2012' at the bottom

Index Finger: Poppy Field
1) Paint on a pale blue background for the sky
2) Using a dark green nail varnish and a sponge, apply a layer of dark green on to the top half of your nail
3) Do the same with light green
4) Using the 2 green shades, draw a few vertical lines for more prominent blades of grass
5) Paint on a few red blobs
6) Add black dots to the centre of a couple of the blobs

Middle Finger: The Olympic Torch
1) Using a gold nail varnish, paint on a tilted rectangle at the top of your nail
2) Use red, orange and yellow nail art pens to create the fire
3) Using a brown nail art pen, paint on the outline detail of the torch

Ring Finger: Mary Poppins!
1) Use a sponge to apply the twilight background with dark blue and purple
2) VERY CAREFULLY paint on a Mary Poppins silhouette! Don't forget her trademark umbrella and bag!

Pinky: Union Jack
1) Paint a white background
2) Using a red nail art pen paint on the cross 
3) Using a dark blue paint on the extra little bits
Apologies for how messy this nail is! I found my pinky just too small!

What do you think? Have you guys noticed all the Olympic-themed nail art that a lot of the female athletes are sporting? Which have been your favourite?

Monday, 23 July 2012

Olympics Nails #1

So... As everyone surely knows, this Friday is the start of the 2012 Olympics! All eyes will be turned to the United Kingdom as the hosting country, and though our opening ceremony will most likely leave the world a little underwhelmed, it's the perfect occasion for some nail art!

For this nail art design I decided to combine a little patriotism with the different Olympic events! Can you guess what event each nail represents?

Left Hand
Thumb: The Union Jack - Go Team GB!
1) Paint on a white base coat
2) Add the red cross and diagonal stripes
3) Paint in the blue triangular areas!

From top left to bottom right: Sailing, Cycling, Sprinting and Gymnastics!

For each event I decided to paint on stick athletes as they were nice and simple to draw on. For each nail, paint on a white base coat then once this has dried, paint on the stick athletes in black!

Right Hand
Thumb: The Olympics Logo
1) Paint on a white base coat
2) Using a nail art pen - any colour you fancy really! - paint on the 2012 logo

From top left to bottom right: Diving, High Jump, Volleyball and Archery!

What do you guys think? Do you have any Olympic-themed nails on at the moment?

Monday, 16 July 2012

Graduation Nails...

A few days ago both me and Hannah graduated from Nottingham Uni, an emotional and epic day for all! It has been a wonderful 3 years for both of us, and now we're officially adults in the world, thinks are getting serious! However, we refuse to neglect our duties in the nail art department and in true HanDee style, I decided to do some graduation nails to top the standard manicure...

Apologies for the bad quality of the first photo, and the chipped nail in the second! You can't win 'em all! Anyway, all I did here was to paint a base of nude nail polish, paint the tips with white, use a black nail art pen to draw and fill the hat before highlighting the edges with white, and use a white nail art pen to draw the scroll before highlighting the edges with black. You might need an extra steady hand to do this but it isn't as hard as you think and well worth the reaction! 

What do you think?

Monday, 9 July 2012

A Tessellating Design!

Hi guys! Here are some Tetris nails that I hope brighten up your Monday!

This design is really simple and doesn't take that long to do as the nail varnish dries very quickly! I decided to go with the standard Tetris colours, looked up the shapes and then went crazy with the order! Just start at the top of your nail and work towards the base slotting in the shapes as if you were playing Tetris! Make sure you paint on the individual squares of each shape so they look like real Tetris pieces. Then finish off with a cover coat of course! 

What do you think? What's everyone wearing on their nails at the moment?

Monday, 2 July 2012

Pop Art Nails...

So far on HanDee Nail Tips we've shown you some pretty intricate designs, which most people have said they would find hard to do. Today I thought I'd experiment and try something a little easier. All you have to do for these nails is:

1) Choose a base colour to paint all your nails

2) Choose another colour/two colours to paint the tips

3) Draw on white polka dots randomly, using a nail art pen

4) Draw on random patterns at the tips, using a black nail art pen

Although I didn't set out to do pop art nails, when they were done it reminded me of that kind of style, so there you have it! Some simple pop art nail art! 

Apologies for the lack of step by step pictures - next time I will definitely remember to photograph as I go. 

Do any of you have a style you want to challenge us with? We're ready to try anything! 

Saturday, 23 June 2012


So here at HanDee we have come to the end of our university experience. It's been an amazing 3 years all leading up to our Graduation Ball (and ceremony, though this is a lot less glamorous!). Though the Ball was slightly less than expected, the initial girly getting-ready session of hair, false lashes, make-up and all that jazz was loads of fun! The highlight of the whole period being the painting of the nails of course!

So here are the nails I had for the big day!

Just a simple manicure to go with a simple and (hopefully!) elegant look! All you need are white and a pink nail art pens and a clear cover coat. Paint the tip of your nail white - they'll need to be long for this to be most effective! And then paint on a star shape to the right of the top of your nail again in white. Use the white nail art pen to then paint on small dots next to the stars. Once all the white is nearly dry but a little tacky, paint on your pink detail inside the star blending with the white a little and finish off with a clear cover coat! Beautiful!

This nail art was so simple and easy to do, perfect for a classy occasion or even when you want to spice up your nails but don't want to go too over-the-top!

Hope you like!