Welcome to Nailed Daily the blog where it all started! Back in 2011 I had this crazy idea of starting this nail art blog where I would complete 365 nail designs in one year. On Nov 30th 2012 I completed the challenge, it was a huge struggle to commit to but I am glad I did it because it pushed me so much further with my nail art. Shortly after completing my challenge I quit blogging I swore I would never blog again, but here I am back at it 5 years later with much more knowledge, way better photography skills and exciting new nail adventures to talk about. I hope to use this blog to inspire other professional nail techs, I want to share my experiences as an educator, nail competitor and salon owner. I will also share new nail designs and tutorials. I am excited for this new chapter of my blog, it wont be daily but I promise it will be good stuff! I hope you enjoy the content!

Day 177 - Nautical

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Tonight I spent another Friday evening at the local night market. I love going there, especially for all the nail goodies! Today's find was these adorable little steering wheels. I just couldn't wait to use them so I decided to do some nautical nails for today's post.

These nails were a little bit of a mess to start, I originally painted them all in a solid red which I quickly realised would not work. After attempting to remove all the red (there was a bit of staining on the cuticles) I gave the nails a coat of China Glaze First Mate which was a much better color and the name even fit with the design. Once the polish was dry I painted the red and white stripes over the three fingers and added red polka dots on the ring and thumb. On the thumb nail I painted the anchor in silver and gave it a black outline, I then had to add in the chain which was slightly challenging to get the placement right , but after a couple attempts I finally got it right. I proceeded to add chains to the three striped fingers which was much easier, it is a little tricky to get the perfect length, but other than that they lay down straight very easily. The last step was the steering wheel, this was attached with a little glue. I didn't want it too attached since it was only for the day, but if this was a more permanent design I would have added a little acrylic underneath to keep it nice and sturdy. Other than tiny bit of red at the cuticle line, I am really happy with these nails, I have not worn 3D in a little while so it is definitely a fun change.
Polish: China Glaze first Mate

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