If there is one night each year to really go all-out in the glamour department, it's New Year's Eve. Sure, it's overhyped — and usually overpriced — but we can get behind any excuse to experiment with a bold beauty look. To help us ring in 2013 right, we asked our friend Fleury Rose — the U.S. Nail Ambassador for British brand Illamasqua — to teach us three DIY nail art designs that are appropriate for an all-night New Year's bash. These glittering looks will have you waving goodbye to 2012 in style!
The first step in creating these champagne-inspired nails is taking a makeup sponge — Fleury says that the cheap, squishy ones work the best — and dabbing white polish onto each nail, creating an ombré effect. Go over each nail twice with a quick tapping motion, and go about halfway down the nail.
Next, take a gold polish — Fleury used "Swinger" by Illamasqua — and wipe off most of the polish from the brush. Then, start a french manicure on each tip with one swipe of the gold polish.
Pour some of the gold polish out onto a tray and use a dotting tool (the head of a ball pin or a toothpick can work in a bind) to create the first row of dots. Paint one in the center and one on each side — they should be attached to the stripe of gold you painted. Next, fill in the nail with smaller dots to look like bubbles. Fleury's tip: You can make the dots different sizes by applying less pressure.
Allow the nails 5-10 minutes to dry before applying a clear topcoat.
Start this accent nail with two coats of white polish, making sure to take time to dry between coats.
You'll need a tiny brush with black polish or Illamasqua Precision Ink to create the clock face. Be sure to wipe all of the excess polish off before you begin. Either paint or dot the four quarter numbers on the clock — Fleury says that dotting them is much easier.
Paint two small lines in between each number to complete the clock, and to finish off the face, make a small dot in the center, and attach a line with an arrow pointing to 12 o'clock.
Allow 5-10 minutes for your art to dry before applying the topcoat.
Apply one coat of dark navy polish onto your nails. Fleury used "Phallic" by Illamasqua.
To create the fireworks in an array of colors, start out by taking a small brush and drawing a thin line for the trail of the firework. You can also make this line dotted for a different effect on each nail.
Use dotted lines to create the firework bursts. They should end up in the shape of a palm tree. For some variation, you can keep some of the lines solid instead of dotting them.
Add multiple fireworks to each nail in alternating colors. If you want to add some glitter, place a thin brush with glitter polish in the center of a firework that you've already drawn, and lightly drag the glitter out, following the palm tree shape. Allow 5-10 minutes to dry before finishing with a topcoat.
For more nail art ideas from Fleury, visit her website, fleuryrosenails.com.