Friday, 29 June 2012

Nail Art Tutorial - Skyscrapers

I am sooo excited to be bringing this to you - my first ever nail art tutorial!  I will start off by saying that this idea came completely from my own head, I haven't copied anyone elses idea or seen this done anywhere else.  That doesn't mean that it hasn't ever been done, there aren't so many original ideas left anymore, and I'm sure someone else could do it better than me. 

Please feel free to use my idea however you wish, copy it, modify it, link to this blog, whatever.  I'm not precious like that, and I'm not egotistical enough to insist 'oh, make sure you credit me if you use it'... NO! You sure as heck don't have to!  I'm big for sharing ideas, I think that's the greatest thing about the internet, people getting together with common interests and sharing.

So there's my two penneth, lets get on to the money shot - this is what I did, and I'll be showing you how I did it:
So obviously, we'll need some tools, and here are the ones I used, it looks like alot, but it's actually not, will tell you about them as we go along...

Step 1 (optional) : Base coat.  I always use a base coat but I know some people who don't.  I used Matte Nail Envy as my nails are in awful condition right now and I'm trying to improve them.

Step 2 : Base colour.  I used light blue, as I wanted it to look like the sky.  I have farrrr to many light blues, but the one I chose was Nails Inc Albert Place.  A true sky blue, and awesomely this was only one coat:
Step 3: Sketch out your skyscrapers.  I used a silver nail art polish, as its not too intrusive, and it doesn't matter so much if a little bit is left showing at the end.  Basically its just sets of straight(ish) lines so not too tricky.  It was hard to get it to show up on photos but hopefully you can see it.
Step 4: Colour your skyscrapers in with a grey polish.  I used another Nails Inc polish, this one's called Parliament Hill.  I think it tones well with the blue I used, but obviously you can use any grey you've got.  There are two places in this manicure where you have to be patient and wait for it to dry properly, and this is the first.  You really should wait for this step to dry before going on to the next.  It doesn't matter about going over the silver, I just painted straight over it as you don't need the vertical lines any more.
Step 5: Outline your skyscrapers.  I used a Color Club striping polish which I got from TK Maxx in a set.  I don't mind too much about getting it on my fingers, can clean that off later.
Step 6: Dotting. We need to dot the windows in.  I hope you like dotting because there's alot!  The polish I used for the dots was L'Oreal Colour Riche in 'Black Swan', just because that's the only black I've got. 

I'm using an old broken ceramic tile to lean on, and have a cotton pad dampened with polish remover on there to rub my dotter on so I don't get any dry polish building up on it. 

I started off with the purple dotter, but found it too big so changed to the yellow one.  These are the 'cheeky' dotters from Amazon, here's the link: This is what it looked like part way through:
Step 7: Lots of dots later, you should pretty much have your finished nail art!  I took a picture to try and show you the finish, its a bit lumpy and bumpy, but it was impossible to capture.... This is one nailart where I would say it's definitely worth topcoating.  I used Seche Vite as my topcoat.  This is the second place where you have to be patient and wait for everything to dry before you topcoat, or your dots will smudge.

After your topcoat - voila!
Nailart to be proud of!  If you've got something for striping, and something for dotting, you can have a go at this!

Would love to hear your comments, or if you have a go, let me see!

Until next time,



  1. Wow Brilliant post with great pictures. I feel like I'm back in NYC. I really must do more nail art. xx

    1. Thank you so much! Am so pleased you like it x x x

  2. wow you made it look so easy... really like the design a lot.

    1. Thank you! It is easier than it looks, have a go, I guarantee you will get comments from friends & fam! x x x

  3. I really like this art! Nice tutorial, very inspiring : D

    1. Thankyou! I hope you have a go at it x x x


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