Salon quality nails without the salon quality small talk!
While I don’t wear it much, I have experimented in making
jewelry, and always felt so limited with buying whatever stones and fixtures
the beading supply store ordered that month. I eventually resorted to making my
own charms and bangles (and pipes) out of clay and then gave up because clay
I had big visions of custom chains and hinges and
resin—designs that would require knowledge in metalsmithing and that would
require **ugh** more schooool.
So I’m super glad somebody else is executing the
unique and beautifully surreal jewelry of my dreams, an apple from the Fendi
family tree, no less: Delfina Delettrez.
I took inspiration from a few of her pieces to
create my latest nail job, and have never been more pleased with my manicuring
Clean up your cuticles and file nails into smooth, rounded tips.
Use a nail clipper to snip tiny triangular notches into the
tips of a couple of nails.
File the sharp corners, middle, and sides into
your desired smoothed shape. I used a small orange stick with emery tip that I
found at the beauty supply to get between the notches.
Paint little black half-moon slivers to mirror the rounded
tips for the bottom line of the eyes.
Add white polish above the black half moons for the whites
of the eyes.
Paint a large dot at the center of the eyes for the iris
outline, and color in the lips.
Color in the iris with a smaller dot in a lighter shade.
Use a black striper and dotter polish like Color Club’s Duo Pen to dot in the pupils and separate the lips. I can’t recommend the Duo Pens enough for this kind of detail work.
Take a strip of false lashes and cut to the width of your
Paint the edge of the strip with some lash glue
or clear polish and use an orange stick to push underneath the nail to the
quick. Trim the excess length so about an 1/8 inch of lashes are sticking out
above the nail.
Admire your work. (Gold paint optional.)