Back in October I wasÂ contactedÂ by someone starting up a new magazine with a concept that each issue Â is inspired by a different era in history. She asked me to put together some nail art for the issus, which was to be a 20s Jazz Age/Art Deco issue. I was happy to put something together as it would be fun to be part of, but for whatever reason the magazine was never completed. I was waiting to post the nails to include details of the magazine but as that won’t happen I will share them with you today. I am pretty pleased with how the nails look and I even have a simple tutorial on how to create your own Deco nails.
I looked up art deco style andÂ fashionÂ and was inspired by the colours and bold angular shapes used in fabrics and architecture at the time.
The second set of nails was inspired by 1920s jewellery, including pearls and sapphire colours (unfortunatelyÂ my pearl studs seem to absorb the black paint).
Finally I put together a quick tutorial for doing some easy art deco nail art. Heres what you need:
Barry M Black, OPI Monsooner or Later, Nails Inc Basil Street, Seche Vite top coat and thin striping brush.
Step 1: Paint your nails a beige/ nude colour
Step 2: On the middle of your cuticle paint a long thin upside-down triangle using the striping brush
Step 3: On either side of the middle triangleÂ paint smaller triangle shapes, then fill in.
Step 4: Repeat step 3,Â makingÂ smaller triangles either side of the central design.
Step 5: Fill in all the triangles and then outline all the triangles drawn in the previous steps.
Repeat the pattern on your other fingers (or you can just use it as a design on an accent nail) the finish with a layer of top coat.
So there we are! I hope you like the nails, I wasÂ disappointedÂ the magazine was never published but am very pleased with how my nails looked. I hope you try out the tutorial and even try out the full deco set which I did in a very similar way to the tutorial.