Nail Art Problem #2: When Glued Charms Fall Off

I used to adhere my googly eyes, rhinestones, and other charms onto my nails by setting them into wet polish or topcoat.  After losing so many decorations randomly throughout my day and often even in less than 24 hours from doing my nails, I decided to try buying nail art glue for my 3D creations.

I picked up Kiss Salon Secrets Nail Art Glue from CVS.  It comes in a tube that looks like it could be Krazy Glue, but when you squeeze it out, it has a gel like consistency and is easy to apply.

I have to give props to Kiss because my wiggle eyes have been hanging onto my manicure really well.  The problem is more that I really can’t stand having things protrude from my nail bed.  The eyes have been catching on towels, in my hair, while digging through my pocketbook…  you name it, and they get in the way.  Imagine my surprise when I went to unbutton my pants, and I felt an eye pop off!  I mean, I wasn’t really that surprised that it happened, but I was definitely shocked to see how many layers of polish it took with it.  You figure the eyes had a base coat, 2 coats of yellow, a coat of silver, and a top coat underneath the glue.  That’s a lot to chip off just in the eye socket area!  I just hope that my nail bed didn’t get too damaged.  But for now, I have one minion that looks like a zombie.  😛  Guess I’ll have to paint my nails again soon!

Minions: the Nail Art

I had some friends request that I do Minions on my nails.  Before I was willing to do them, I watched Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and ultimately finished with Minions the Movie so I could really find out what they were about.  Most fun research experience ever.  🙂

I had a few different ideas for how to recreate these adorable characters on my nails, but what I ultimately decided to do was paint Kevin, Stuart, and Bob along with some bananas.

Because I was going to paint specific minions, I needed to figure out what makes each one look different.  The most obvious difference with Kevin, Stuart, and Bob is that they’re different heights, and each one has a different hairstyle.  With that in mind, I already realized that I wasn’t going to have enough room to paint their overalls because I have relatively short fingernails.  That worked for me because I didn’t want to have to paint more details than I had to do.  😉

Here is the material line up:

OPI- Alpine Snow
Formula X for Sephora- Zing
Sephora Nail Lacquer 5 Day Shine- Banana split
Konad Special Nail Polish- Black
Formula X- Need for Speed
Sephora by OPI- Casanova Is So Into Me
craft smart Acrylic paint in White and Black
Cheeky- Jumbo Plate 7 (Home Sweet Home)
Googly (wiggle) eyes
Kiss Nail Art Glue
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Clockwise from top left: Alpine Snow by OPI, Need for Speed by Formula X, Zing by Formula X for Sephora, black acrylic paint from craft smart, white acrylic paint from craft smart, Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, Casanova Is So Into Me from Sephora by OPI, and Banana split from Sephora.

I wanted the minions to be on the center nails and surrounded by bananas, so I started by painting the backdrop colors.  I figured that the blue I was going to use for their overalls would contrast nicely with the yellow of the bananas, so I painted my thumb and pinky with Zing.  Because I didn’t want to end up with too many layers of polish for the minions, I only painted half of my nail beds with Alpine Snow.  If you want to be super anal about painting the white background, you can use reinforcement stickers to create the curve of the minion heads, but I’m far too lazy to do that.  😛

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Painting the backdrop for the design with Zing and Alpine Snow.

Next I started painting the yellow minion heads onto the white backdrops.  Kevin is the tallest followed by Stuart and Bob, so I varied the placement of the heads accordingly, leaving room to paint their hair on later.

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Eggs about to hatch- Kevin will be on my middle finger with Stuart to his left and Bob to his right.

I wanted to allow time for the polish to dry, so I focused on doing the banana portion of the design next.  I have a cute plate from Cheeky with bananas on it, so that eliminated the need for me to have to paint them by hand.

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Cheeky Jumbo Plate 7.

What I liked about using this plate is how I still had the ability to color in the design using the reverse stamping technique.

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Stamping with black Konad polish and a Konad stamper.

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Coloring in the peeled bananas with Alpine Snow and a dotting tool.

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Coloring in the rest of the design with Banana split. How appropriate.

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The transfer of the stamped pattern is complete!

I repeated this process for my pinky and applied topcoat to the stamped nails before going back to the minion portion of the design.

Because I was going to use googly eyes, I wanted to paint the silver outline of the goggles first.  In retrospect, I could have glued the eyes on first and then painted the silver outline around the eyes, but I wanted to avoid having the clean nail polish off my detail brush.  Have you ever done that before?  It’s kind of a pain.  Plus in the past I’ve had the eyes pop off randomly leaving the design looking a bit creepy, so I figured it would look less creepy if they had silver lenses on their goggles rather than empty yellow sockets [very creepy!].  The other reason for not adding the outline afterward was because I didn’t want to apply topcoat over the wiggle eyes.  I used Need for Speed with a large dotting tool and approximated how big the goggles had to be for an outline to show up around the wiggle eyes.

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Starting to paint goggles to make creepy looking alien minions.

Next I used black acrylic paint with a very fine nail art detail brush to paint hair and the goggle straps.

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Painting the hair and goggle straps.

The fun part was trying to decide what their expressions would be.  The easiest one to paint was the smile, which I gave to Stuart, who is the cool minion.  I gave Kevin an open mouth to express awe at the bananas in his midst.  I felt that Bob was the silly one, so I wanted to have him sticking out his tongue blowing a raspberry.

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The bases for the facial expressions.

The tongue obviously didn’t look like a tongue in that state, so I had to paint on some detail, and to keep Kevin’s mouth from looking like a nose, I painted in some teeth.  At this point, I had only enough room to draw a sliver of their overalls onto the tips of my nails.  I wish I had longer nails so I could make them look more like the movie characters, but c’est la vie!

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Almost complete!

I applied topcoat to the minion nails and then used Kiss Nail Art Glue to apply the wiggle eyes for the finishing touch.

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Minion nail art!

I love how cute this design turned out!  The googly eyes give them so much character and have been quite the source of amusement for me.  The only thing I regret is not being able to choose different colors for Bob’s eyes, but I’m sure a lot of people don’t mind that that detail is missing.

And in case you’re wondering, the new movie is super cute and entertaining!  😉

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Double the minions, double the fun! I kind of cheated on my right hand by making them all have smiles, but as is always the case, I tend to rush more through my right hand because I tend to photograph only the left hand. 😉

Easy Patriotic Nails

I’ve been lazy about wanting to change up my nails, so I took a super simple approach to create some nail art for July 4.  They didn’t come out exactly as I was planning to do, as you will see.

The following products were used:
Sephora by OPI- White Hot
Finger Paints- In the Monet
China Glaze- Ring In the Red
Bundle Monster star charms

I started out by painting White Hot on fingers 1-4 and In the Monet on my thumb.

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Beautiful base colors.

Next, I glued a star charm onto my thumb with Kiss Nail Art Glue.  It was my first time using nail art glue, and I’m hoping that it removes as easily as it went on!

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Star charms by Bundle Monster.

For the stripes portion of the mani, it was my intention to use Bundle Monster plate BM-205, shown below.

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Stamping plate BM-205 by Bundle Monster.

The only issue was that I wanted the wavy pattern to be horizontal on my nails, and the image was smaller than the length of my nails.  I tried to fill in the empty space first with extra stamping and then by hand, but I was unsuccessful and unsatisfied with the results.  The polish used for the stamping was Curve-aceous by Sephora by OPI in this case.  Please excuse the messiness of the photo below.  I knew at this point that I was going to wipe the stripes out, so I didn’t bother cleaning anything up.

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Not so pretty stamping. :/

It was a good concept though, and I have plans to attempt something else with this plate later.

After wiping nails 1-4 clean, I painted them with White Hot and decided to use Ring In the Red to paint simple block stripes on the middle of my nails, no special brush required.  That’s when I called it a day.

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Stars and Stripes Forever.