How does matte top coat work, and DIY matte top coat recipe

Two tutorials in a row? What on earth is happening?? Thanks to a reader email, I’ve been looking at matte top coats and DIY-ing them recently. Before we get to the DIY part, here’s how matte top coats work – it’s pretty simple! Much like linear vs scattered holo finishes, it’s all about how smooth the surface is – in …

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Striping Tape Nail Art Tutorial for piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last piCture pOlish Blog Fest! This year, no new shades are being launched but we’ve been asked to create a nail art tutorial featuring piCture pOlishes. I’ve used Hope, Dorothy and Ruby Blou to make an easy and bold striping tape design:  What I used: Block nails:– Striping tape (silver, from …

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Permanent Marker Nail Art Tutorial (aka I’m Nail MacGyver!)

I feel like I’ve been on fire with DIY nail things lately! Here’s my latest discovery – how to successfully use permanent marker on your nails. I’m not too shabby with a fine brush (years of weighing out micrograms in a lab will do that to you), but I can’t count the number of times I’ve wanted to just throw …

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Guest Post: History of the Half Moon by Cassie (The Reluctant Femme)

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Cassie of The Reluctant Femme is today’s guest poster. Cassie’s blog is not your run-of-the-mill nail blog – as well as pretty nail photos, there are thought-provoking posts about feminism, media, queer identity and general geekery. And she writes like a pro – her hilarious articles on Lacquerheads of Oz are worth checking out too! Today she’s marrying nerdery to …

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Guest Post: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay by Rosemarie (Every Little Polish)

Today’s guest blogger is Rose from Every Little Polish. She’s in charge of the graphic design at the massive community group blog at Lacquerheads of Oz, and at the moment I actually work with her at my short-term day job. As you’d expect from a design nerd, her photos are spectacular and her nail art is definitely worth checking out. …

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DIY Nail Decal Tutorial – Birthday Nails

As promised, here’s a tutorial for the DIY nail decals I used for my Android nail art – this time, it’s for my birthday nails (I’m turning 26 today!). First, here’s my mani – Pretty Serious Naughty Night Shift Nurse over black, with party cactuses (from Facebook messenger, designed by Jayde A Cardinalli) on top: And here’s how I did …

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