Last week, we were lucky enough to get a visit from cult nail art guru, Chelsea, founder of Trophy Wife Nail Art.
After visiting her studio, she kindly agreed to help us surprise bb staffer Ali before she departed OS for her nuptials, and treat us all to a nail art tutorial. Of course, we documented everything, so that you can try yourself at home! Here's what went down...
We learnt to do a falling dot mani. To ace at home, you will need:
- Start with bare nails. Then, first things first: trim nails to your desired shape and then get to filing them. Chelsea says it's important to file in one direction only, not back and forth, as this can damage and split the nails. You can also lightly file the tip downwards to remove any rough patches at the tip of the nail.
- Then, give nails a quick buff, and lightly push down your cuticles with a cuticle stick. Don't try cutting cuticles at home (or even in a salon if you don't trust the manicurist) as this can damage them.
- Then, swipe your polish remover over all nails. This not only gets rid of an traces of excess polish, but also removes all oils and particles of filed nail from the equasion for a better result at the end (no lumps and bumps).
#2 Paint your first coat...
- Pick your base colour, then load your brush up with polish. A good tip of Chelsea's is to load up, then scrape one side of the brush against the polish neck. This will keep one side of the brush loaded with polish - the perfect amount for one coat, so it's not too sparse, or too gluggy.
- Paint stroking the brush downwards towards your nail bed, but stopping a couple of mms away form your cuticle - you dont want it to touch. But if it does, there's an easy fix. Just grab your cuticle stick and trace around your cuticle bed to create a 'gap' between your polish and skin.
- Then paint another coat on top for a pigmented and clean base.
#3 Start your dots...
- Grab your two or three accent colours then get your dotting tool, or bobby pin. Take off the top/brush and rest next to you. Then, start by dipping your dotting tool into the polish pot, then gently dot along the top of the nail. You can join all your dots (so it looks like a dotty french tip) or have it a little more uneven - it's up to you!
- Then, in the same colour, add a few more dots lower and lower down the nail - so it looks like they are falling from the top of your nail. Be sure to leave room for the other colours though!
#4 Finish your dots...
- Once you've done the first round of dots, wipe your dooting tool clean, and start on another colour. Add a couple of dots to the 'french tip' and then scatter them over the nail. Then, do the same with the next colour. Keeping the bottom of the nail (close to the cuticle) a little more sparse or less dotty will create more of an appearane of the dots falling.
- Once dry, finish with a glossy top coat!
Once finished and all dry, be sure to hydrate your hands with a lovely cream so fingers don't look dry in your instagram pics - because who wouldn't want to share all that amazing nail art with the world? We love the L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, and so does the rest of the world; one is sold every three seconds!
And while Ali was distracted by Chelsea's lesson, we surprised her with a huge box of bachelorette-style cupcakes from The Cupcake Queens!
They didn't last long - we promptly ate them all. But we did manage a close up pre munching. How cute are they?
If you want to try more nail art at home under the guidance of Chelsea (well, sort of) you must snap up her book 'The Hand Book - A Guide To Nail Art + Dotting Tool'. It has this tutorial, plus plenty more, like the amazing watermelon nail art (below) inside.
Of course, you can leave it in the 'hands' of the pros and book in for the Trophy Wife treatment with Chelsea to get yourself the nail art your heart desires - she can do it all! To see more for yourself, check out the amazing mani she painted on me here. Amazing, right?
Do you like to try nail art at home? What's the best nail art design you've ever seen? Let us know! And a BIG thank you to Chelsea and The Cupcake Queens for helping us celebrate with such a fun afternoon! - Lauren