Art Deco has to be one of our favourite nail art designs, however it can be one of the trickiest to achieve. We’re true lovers of Art Deco style, so we decided to introduce our ‘Right Angle’ or ‘X’ nail stencils (as they were formally known) back in early 2016, it came as no surprise that this design was a total hit!
So, as you can imagine, we were beyond excited when the ladies at Meebox got in touch with us to announce that they would be creating a ‘Gatsby’ Art Deco style themed beauty box for February 2017. They kindly asked us if we would collaborate with them by including our NEW & Improved Art-Deco nail stencils in their latest box – we were like umm… HELL YEAH!
If you haven’t heard of Meebox, they are a UK based Beauty Subscription Box that is solely dedicated to all things nails. We love Meebox because they always include the best nail art products and really support independent brands, such as the likes us. And this is the fourth time that Meebox has included our Nail Mail™ nail-art stencils in their boxes.
ART DECO NAIL-ART
The manicure featured at the top of this post was totally inspired by this months ‘Gatsby’ Meebox contents, and we wanted to offer some useful tips & tricks that will help you get the best out of your stencils, to create some striking Art-Deco nails!
1. Apply a decent base coat, we used OPI – Nail Envy. Then use 2-3 coats of a Gold Polish, we used Barry M – Molten Metal Nail Paint.
2. Seal with a rapid dry topcoat, we used Seche Vite – Dry Fast Topcoat. Wait until nails have fully dried hard!
3. Now onto the stencils. Obviously we used our very own Nail Mail™ – ‘Art-Deco’ nail-art stencils for this mani.
TIP : Peel the stencils from right to left (as demonstrated in the image above). This will prevent loose pieces of vinyl sticking in the design.
4. Stick the stencil over your nail. Try to place the middle ‘X’ centrally. Cut off the top of the stencil, this will prevent any polish bleeding under the design. Use your nail or a cuticle stick push the design onto the nail tightly around the nail edges, removing any air bubbles.
5. Paint over your chosen top colour. In-keeping with an Art-Deco colour palette we chose to use a deep burgundy top colour, Barry M – Gelly Hi Shine in ‘Black Currant’.
6. Carefully remove the stencil from the nail, avoiding any polish bleeding over the design. We suggest removing the stencil from the bottom (near the cuticle) and peeling towards the top at a 90 degree angle.
TIP : Keep a pair of tweezers handy to remove any loose pieces of vinyl from the nail.
7. Wait 2-3 minutes until polish has started to dry then apply 1-2 coats of a dry fast topcoat. And viola! 💅🎷