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 and I wasn’t sure if I would ever come back to it, but here I am many 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 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 content! I hope you enjoy my posts and appreciate your support!

Mardi Gras

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For today's post I just had to do a set of Mardi Gras nails. During my blog project last year I was so caught up in valentines nails and I completely missed the chance to do this design.

Mardi Gras makes me think of bright colors, sequins and of course the Mardi Gras beads. So when I started this design I was so excited to pull out all my glitters and crystals to start creating. I started with a solid black base, China Glaze Liquid Leather. While the polish was still wet I pressed the glitters into the polish. On the thumb I used ultra fine purple glitter and on the index, middle and pinky I used a large hexagon glitter in a purple and turquoise color. I wanted strings of beads over the one accent nail, so on the ring finger I used three colors and sizes of crystals and created this effect. To finish the design I used my instant artist paints to paint in the Mardi Gras mask and add the gold swirls on the three nails. To add a little definition to the swirls, I outlined them with a couple of Stripe Rite glitter
Paints in a blue and purple shade (the label rubbed off so unfortunately I can't give you the names) and then top it off by painting in the words Mardi Gras.

I am pretty happy with the outcome of these nails, it is a little tricky to take a picture with so much glitter and crystals, but for this much sparkle its definitely worth the struggle.

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