Manicure Monday: 14th April 2014

As always, as soon as I get to Illamasqua Head Office on a Monday morning, I take a look at all your nail art and manicure images you have shared with us on Social Media over the week, and pick some of my favourites to share with you. This week we are loving how you have been embracing the bright colours and strong patterns!

The first look comes from Cynthia at Of Life and Lacquer who shared this fab step-by-step pictorial with us on Facebook. Here Cynthia used Nomad and Noble to create the ombre effect on the base of her nails. If you want to recreate this look yourself check out Cynthia’s blog post here to find out exactly how she created this design.

of life and lacquer

The second look is this bright stripe nail art from Cayan (poshpepper13) who shared these with us on Instagram. Cayan used all Illamasqua nail varnishes to create this look including Creator to add a black shimmer and Collide, Gamma, Omen, Noble and Stance to create the bright stripes. You could create a similar look to this by painting the base of your nail in two bright colours of your choice, applying two pieces of tape diagonally across the nail and topping with Creator, then removing the tape to reveal your bright stripes!


Another look we loved was shared with us on Instagram by Sarah (sarah_jan_). Sarah used Nail Varnish in Raindrops to create the grey base on the middle and ring finger adding a detailed top coat to create a striking pattern. You could also use Nail Varnish in Harem and Noble, topped with Boosh to create the geometric pattern on the index and little finger.


Add a rocky edge to your nail art like Jillian (br8kdwns) did in this look. Jillian used our Nail Varnish in Purity to create the peach base on her nails and added a slight detail to the look by topping it with studs. This nail look would be great paired with some studded boots or jacket to keep your nails in theme with your outfit!


The final look is one I created myself this weekend. I used Nail Varnish in Harem and Trilliant to create the chevron design. You could also pair these with Precision Ink in Scribe to add the white detailing, Nail Varnish in Collide to add the neon pink base, as well as some gems to finish off the look. Check out my blog post for a step-by-step pictorial on how I created this look.


Which is your favourite look? If you recreate any of these looks yourselves, or any other nail art/ manicure look, we would love to see a picture. Share your images with us through #Illamasqua on Instagram, @Illamasqua on Twitter or post a photo on our Facebook Wall and you could feature in next weeks Manicure Monday.

Happy Nail Art-ing! Sam x

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

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