Nail Art

Cheshire Cat Inspired Nails

I feel like I’ve only been nail stamping these days, so I decided to create my next nail art design using only gradients and nail vinyls.

I love these oval cyclone vinyls from Twinkled T, and for some reason, they always remind me of the Cheshire Cat from the 1951 animated Alice in Wonderland film. Hence, it inspired me to create a design using purple and pink reciprocal cyclone gradients.

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Step 1

I started by applying my F.U.N Lacquer “Triple 5” base coat and allowing a few minutes for it to dry. I then applied a coat of white creme polish to all my nails and sealed it in with a coat of quick dry glossy top coat. Before, Moving onto the next step, I also applied liquid latex around all my nails to protect my skin from excess polish whilst creating the gradient.

Step 2

I decided to use the pink polishes for the base gradient, so I took these three shades of pinks from Born Pretty’s stamping polish collection. You can find all the links to the products used in this tutorial at the bottom of this page.

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I swiped the polishes onto a makeup sponge, with the darker pink at the top, and the lightest pink at the bottom. I made sure to overlap the colours so that they blend together slightly, providing a more seamless gradient.

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I dabbed the sponge onto my nails, and the gradient effect was complete in just one coat with using the stamping polishes. If you are using regular polishes that are quite sheer, you may need to repeat this step a few times until the gradient is fully opaque. For my guide on how to create a perfect gradient, click here.

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I removed the liquid latex and cleaned up any excess polish around my nails with a cleanup brush dipped in acetone, and then sealed in the gradient with another layer of quick dry glossy top coat.

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Step 3

Since I would be using nail vinyls, I waited at least half an hour before continuing, as I needed the polish to be completely dry (if the base polish is still slightly wet, it can lift from the nail when peeling up the nail vinyls).

I gently peeled up the cyclone nail vinyl from the sheet and placed it on the nail, making sure to press it down firmly, especially around the edges. The vinyls can start to peel up if left for too long, so I only applied them to one nail at a time.

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I took another makeup sponge and this time swiped on the purple polishes. This time with the lighter polish at the top and the darker polish at the bottom.

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I dabbed the sponge directly over the nail vinyl until the gradient was complete, and then instantly peeled up the vinyl while the polish was still wet.

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I repeated this step for each of the nails.

Step 4

Since I didn’t want to risk the polish from the purple gradient bleeding into the pink gradient, I used a non-smear stamping top coat by Born Pretty to seal in the design.

I also cleaned up any excess polish from my cuticle that was missed by the liquid latex and applied some cuticle oil to rehydrate the skin.

This is the completed look:

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Product List

F.U.N Lacquer: Premium Nail Treatment “Triple 5”.
Barry M: Wet Set Quick Dry Topcoat.
Cuticula: Scented Nail Tape “Harvest Moon”.
Color Club: 24 “French Tip”.
Born Pretty: No Smudge Top Coat.
Twinkled T: Cyclone Variety Vinyl Sheet.
Born Pretty: Stamping polish #16 (Light Pink).
Born Pretty: Stamping polish #21 (Mid Pink).
Born Pretty: Stamping polish #11 (Darker Pink).
Born Pretty: Stamping polish #13 (Dark Mauve).
Born Pretty: Stamping polish #14 (Mid Purple).
Born Pretty: Stamping polish #8 (Light Purple).

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