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Hello and welcome to the first of a mini series I am doing with the lovely Phoebe Moon! This series is based around valentines day manis but I think these manis would be appropriate for any time of year when you want to have some love nails! I am not really a big celebrator of V-Day but this was a really fun mini series to put together and it was awesome to be able to collaborate with Phoebe who I have been
stalking following for a while now – her Saturday Random Swatchfests on Youtube are a major part of my weekly routine.
I have been watching ALOT of Robin Moses tutorials recently and after watching Phoebe’s video about tangling I felt the urge to doodle on my nails for this design. I started with a base of Nails Inc Hyde Park Corner which is my favourite grey-purple – can anyone think of any dupes for this? I am not sure if I will be able to get another bottle and mine is running out!!! ANYWAY, onto that I started by painting classic Robin Moses swirls using thinned down white paint and my detail brush from Born Pretty Store. To this I added swirls of a bright pink acrylic mixed with white and then little flowers and doodle stars. Really I just played around until I was happy.
One tip I did get from Robin Moses was that with shorter nails you should concentrated your bigger designs at the bottom of the nail and to balance these (the flowers etc) I used the lighter colour (in this case white) to fill the spaces at the top so they didn’t look too heavy. Obviously as these are doodle nails there really are no rules!
These nails are so girly – they’re definitely not something I would typically come up with but I do like how the colours work together. To make this more romantic you could create swirled hearts or swap out the stars for small hearts but since I have a lot of hearts coming up in another of my designs I just wanted to keep this cute and girly. A girl definitely has to feel pretty to get in the romantic mood right?
There are four different looks we have done – cute, true love, vintage romance and date night and I worked very hard to make mine all completely different, I look forward to hearing which is your favourite when we’re done! A2Z series will still be on Thursday for me so I will be doing my final post on Saturday – so don’t forget to pop back on the weekend this week! Stephanie Says will be back on Wednesday next week as normal too.