Monday, December 31, 2012

Say Hi to Whitney from Dressed Up Nails!

Whoo, another guest post!!! Today Whitney from Dressed Up Nails is sharing her amazing nail art skills. Whitney's blog totally blew my mind the first time I saw it... not even kidding. I loved her nails and her freehand nail art was so creative, unique, and just incredible! I also got the chance to talk to her and get to know her and she's totally awesome.


Hey everyone! I'm Whitney from Dressed Up Nails and I'm pumped to be doing a super special guest post for Alexis Leigh! When Alexis asked me a while ago if I would do a post for her 1-year blogiversary celebration special I was like YES. I WILL DEFINITELY DO THAT AND AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT. I started thinking about what I could do to my nails to appropriately celebrate her blog milestone and then the idea of doing nails based on her blog's theme popped into my mind and then I couldn't get it out. I love turquoise and hearts too so I extra loved the idea of doing nails based on her blog. I wracked my brain for quite some time to come up with designs that would be fitting and finally came up with this!

For some reason even though there's about a million things you can do with hearts it took me so long to finally decide on these particular patterns. I re-did my pointer finger three times because it just kept sucking, haha. I'm happy with how they finally came out, though, and they've been fun to wear!

For these nails I started with a base of three coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, my new favorite white ever. I love that it has just a touch of gray in it that makes it so much prettier and more wearable than stark whites.

I freehanded all the designs in Color Club Blue-ming using a mid-length striper brush and a tiny detailing brush. For the thumb and pinky finger, I painted a line down the middle, outlined the heart on either side and then filled in the blue parts. For the pointer and ring fingers, I used my tiny detailing brush to paint individual tiny hearts - these were a little easier than they look because they are basically just two lines coming together at a point! The middle finger was the most time-consuming. I started with the heart in the middle and painted larger hearts around the outside and one smaller heart inside.

I haven't painted such small detail on such a light-colored creme base in a while and I forgot how hard it is to make it look perfect haha. I was frustrated at first with all the little imperfections but after some touch-ups and a nice thick coat of Seche Vite you can hardly tell how shaky some of my lines are. :)

Alexis, I'm super honored that you asked me to guest post for you and I hope you and your readers like these as much as I ended up liking them! And CONGRATS on a year of awesome blogging - I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you and your pretty nails!
O: !!!!! Whitney... you're amazing. This perfectly fits my blog theme which I love and come on, there's no denying she'd got mad nail art skills, seriously guys. Thank you soooooo much Whitney for visiting my blog, I am so in love with this nail art you did for my readers and me <3

Be sure to check out Whitney's blog and social media sites (below!).

P.S. Happy New Years Eve! I still can't believe 2012 is over! I'm so excited to find out what 2013 will bring though

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