Monday, 6 May 2013

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

Hey everyone, I hope you've had a good start to the week!

I read a really fun book last week, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, and did my nails to match the colours and the graphics on the cover.

I did a post last week on easy nail art and included chevron-fishtail nails (there's a tute at Chalkboard Nails), so I decided to do some for this book, using the colours of the title and the author's name. The base is Barry M Matt White, the pink is an unnamed Australis (it came in a pack of 3), and the blue is Zoya Yummy.

On the index finger I used the same pink polish and a fine brush to do the lips. On my ring finger I used Glam Nails nail art pen in Jet Black to draw the outline of Aurora (the main character). I sponged Australis Sinfully Sweet to colour in her dress, Urban Decay Naked for her hair, and dabbed a bit of the unnamed pink on her lips.

My Aurora doesn't have quite the same facial expression as on the cover - at this scale it was hard to do any more detail, but I'm happy with how she turned out.

I've got a few more manis to share before I head off to the USA next week (excitement!) If you have any tips on good nail supply stores in L.A, PDX, or NYC, let me know!


  1. i can't believe you drew the main character. wow. and i love the chevrons. that's totally a look that i have been meaning to try. great job!

  2. Oh my goodness it's like we're twins!!! Sorry, getting a tad carried away there at finding a fellow Aussie who loves to read, bake and polish!
    This Mani is abso-freaking-lutely incredible!! There isn't a single thing I don't love about it! The Girl, the Chevrons, THE PINK! <3
    I'm a new follower! Yay!
    Stopping by with MY MM!
    Happy Painting! =D

  3. Wow Mandee! It looks amazing, you did a great job drawing Aurora & I love the chevron.

  4. Aww wow these are so awesome :) love them!

  5. Wow. What a super job! The book is captured beautifully!

  6. New favorite mani! I love how fun and whimsical it is, and it perfectly matches the cover! I tried the chevron-fishtail nails and although it didn't come out quite as well as yours, I was surprised by how easy it was. Thanks for the tip. :)

  7. Super cute. Seems like a lot of work!

  8. That is adorable, you did a great job on this manicure. I love the chevrons and the colors match together perfectly!

  9. Cris - thanks!

    Thuy - I had a practice on paper first ;) And I hope you try the chevron, when I first saw it I thought it would be possible, but it's not too hard

    Carmen - I love how excited you are, now I'm excited!!! I love that we like the same things :D

    Sharon, Katie, Lisa - thank you!

    Magz - I'm glad you tried the fishtail-chevron nails. When I first saw them I was like "no way can I do that" but a friend did them and said it was easy so I gave it a go!

    Britt - hmm, this defo isn't my longest time spent on a mani, but it's longer than just painting them one colour!

    UnitedinB - thanks, I'm glad you like ti

  10. I saw this on page 19 in the July 2013 issue of Girlfriend Magazine.... Well done!! Love this mani!!


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