Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nail Art Wednesday: Cupid Nails

When I first saw this design from the truly amazing Melissa over at the Daily Nail making the rounds over the interwebs, I knew I had to recreate it. But as with most designs that I take inspiration from, I like to put my own spin on things to make them similar but distinctly different. I originally wanted to use the concept with a Christmas-themed nail art design but I never got around to doing it. So, I figured that Valentine's Day was just as good a holiday to take this design for a spin! With some help from Cupid Kitty, I ended up with something simple, cute and definitely Venus approved:

Who would've thought Cupid Kitty would be such a sharp shooter?

What I Used:
Blue base: China Glaze For Audrey
Darker pink: Jessica Harlequin #481
Lighter pink: Nicole by OPI City-Pretty Rose
Black: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out
Silver: Revlon Smoldering
Hello Kitty cupid water decal from Born Pretty Store

How I Did It:

***Why yes, I'm trying out a new font for the how-to's. If you prefer the cleaner look of Century Gothic, please do let me know in the comments. Feel free to enlarge as it's a huge 1500x2400!

Truth be told, coming up with the how-to graphic was more tedious than doing the actual design! You can go crazy with the dotted lines and make them go every which way. I love that aspect where not every single recreation of this design will look exactly the same. As for tips and tricks on how to best apply the Hello Kitty water decal, Marta has a great tutorial over on Chit Chat Nails. I'll be posting my own tutorial later on after I've worked more with them. Personally, I think there's a sort of learning curve associated with them. Yes, they're easy to use but there are a few things I've learned along the way that I wish I knew earlier on. Suffice to say that the right water container, a pair of tweezers and a whole lot of patience are your best friends when dealing with water decals.

No Valentine's Day nails will be complete without roses!

..and some rose petals, too!

...and a red plush heart to boot!

Mr. Thumb didn't want to miss out on posing with the heart plushie.

Thumb: Look at that, right smack in the middle.

 Pinky finger: Cupid Kitty, hello!

Index, middle and ring fingers: The more dashes, the better.

Hammie says: Will you be my valentine?

(belated) Happy Valentine's Day to all our wonderful readers from all of us at Polished Indulgence!!! Sending virtual chocolates your way! :)

Happy Hump Day! How did you spend your Valentine's day? Or was it just like any other Tuesday? Have you found inspiration in an existing nail art design and made it your own?


  1. Super Cute!
    Brilliant way to utilize the hello kitty decal AND I adore the background colour! :)

  2. Thanks, Marta! :D I'm a sucker for simpler designs and Tiffany blue. ;)


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