Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sophy Robson does nails for netball


After showing off some fantastic designs at the London 2012 Olympics, nail art guru Sophy Robson has teamed up with England Netball in a bid to get us girls back in the game the best way she knows how. To celebrate. I am very happy to share with you these *two* wonderful nail DIYs direct from Sophy herself.


Tangerine dream nails

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  1. Start off by trimming your nails down short and filing the edges so they are round and smooth. You’re now ready to get started - and the umpire will be happy too!
  2. First, apply a base coat to the nail to smooth out any uneven texture. Then, add your base colour. We’ve opted for a sporty tangerine base that will really help you to stand out as a sporting star! 
  3. Once your base colour is dry, you can start working up your dream dots. Choose two contrasting colours to really bring your look to life - we’ve gone for red and blue here. Starting closest to your cuticle, use a dotting tool to layer up the first half of your nails with pretty red polka dots. Try to keep them nice and neat at equal distances apart.
  4. Once the first half of your nail is complete, finish working down the nail with your dotting tool using the blue colour to complete the look.
Sophy's top tip: Never dip your dotting tool directly into your varnish bottle. Instead, set your brush upside-down on a flat surface and use the excess paint clinging to the brush. This will help to keep your tools clean and ensure you don’t use too much paint and smudge your dots.

Girl on fire nails

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  1. Start off by trimming your nails down short and filing the edges so they are round and smooth.
  2. First, apply a base coat to the nail to smooth out any uneven texture. Then, add your base colour. We’ve opted for a sporty red base to give you that star quality glow.
  3. Once your base colour is dry, choose two additional colours to start building up your ferocious flames. We’ve chosen a glinting gold alongside brilliant white to make the flames really standout. Find the centre point of your nail and carefully draw on two crescent shaped flicks reaching down to the curve of your nail. Complete this on both sides so you have four flame-shapes on each nail in total.
  4. Once your white flames are dry, you can then add your gold lines in next to them using exactly the same flicker technique. Again, draw in four lines in total to complete your ‘Girl on Fire’ look.
Sophy's top tip: A normal nail varnish brush will be too broad for your flickering flames. Instead, try using a thin nail art brush or even nail art pens, which work equally as well and are available from most beauty stores.
  
For more netball nail tips from Sophy, visit netballnails.net.

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