Hi everyone. I decided on denim nails after getting a couple of emails from Nails Inc about their new denim effect polish. I loved the idea, but the price put me off. You can buy a denim ‘Bling It On’ pack for £19 which contains the denim effect polish and star shaped studs. The polish on its own is £12. I was tempted but couldn’t justify paying that much for something I won’t wear all that often. Instead I created my own denim effect nails for a lot less. You’ll need a medium blue polish, a dark blue polish, a makeup sponge, a gold nail art pen or gold polish and a toothpick, small rhinestones and a matte top coat. I used Beauty UK’s Blue Moon (£2.49), Technic’s Deep Sea (99p), a Sally Hansen nail art pen in gold (£1.99), silver rhinestones (99p from Ebay), and Rimmel’s Matte Top Coat (£2.29 in a sale). The makeup sponge I already had. If you don’t have any you can buy a cheap pack from £1. Altogether this design cost me £8.75.
Here’s everything I used for this design. Instead of using the full makeup sponge, I cut a small wedge out of it to make sponging the polish less messy.
Step 1: after your base coat is dry, apply two coats of your medium blue and let it dry.
Step 2: apply some dark blue polish to your makeup sponge, dab off the excess and sponge one coat over your nail. You’ll need to apply polish to the sponge for each nail (remember to dab of the excess). This will give the slightly uneven colour your jeans have.
Step 3: with your nail art pen (or toothpick dipped in gold polish) draw two rows of stitches across the tip of each nail. On your thumbs and ring fingers add stitches in a ‘v’ shape to make it look like pockets.
Step 4: on your ‘pocket’ nails, put a dab of top coat on each corner and stick a rhinestone on each corner. Let this dry.
Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply your matte top coat and let it dry.
Nails Inc also do a leather effect polish which you can buy on its own or in a ‘Bling It On’ pack for the same prices as the denim one. You can create this effect in much the same way: apply one coat of black (or a pastel or nude polish) and let it dry; sponge on a second coat and use a silver nail art pen and silver nail studs to decorate. Apply a matte top coat. Again this will cost a lot less!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.