Nail Art // Glittery Temporary Butterfly Tattoo Nails

by - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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Butterfly nail art that uses temporary tattoos for the design

I have been wanting to try using temporary tattoos on my nails for ages now, but I finally found time to sit down and actually do it. Yay productivity! However, I didn't choose my colour combo as well as I could have, so even though the technique worked GREAT overall I think this is a quasi-nail fail. Ah well!

On to the nails!

Red glittery butterfly wing nail art

I started off with a base of Essie Mrs Always-Right and I think that right there is where I went wrong. Right out of the gate! The red tone of the base was too strong so the otherwise gorgeously rainbow-y butterfly wing tattoo I used is muted and the colours really don't come through as good as they could have. :( So what do you do when a nail art design isn't a fail but isn't as nice as you'd hope? You add China Glaze Fairy Dust and everything is better! Right??

The best news? I only used one of the wings from the butterfly tattoo, so I can try it again another time with a white base to see if I like that better. :)

Macro of China Glaze Fairy Dust over butterfly wing nail art

Even with the quasi-fail I think this macro is a gorgeous shot. You can see some of the colours coming through from the tattoo and that holo effect is just amazing!

I cut one large temporary tattoo into four pieces to go across all my nails, but the set I got a the dollar store also has some smaller designs that would work for a single nail each so I think I might try that next. Honestly imo temporary tattoos are even easier than water decals because you just stick a wet cotton ball against it on the nail -- no need to soak or manoeuvre off the paper!

Have you tried using temporary tattoos in place of water decals? What did you think of it? Let me know! 

Thanks for visiting! xx


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7 comments

  1. Nice mani! The holographic glitter on top is lovely.

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  2. I've never seen people use temp tattoos for their nails. You should do a tutorial!

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  3. I hadn't even thought of using temp tattoos! What a great idea!

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  4. I have never tried this, but it's a wonderful idea!

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  5. This sounds like a great idea!

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  6. I've never heard of temp tattoos on the nails, so cool!

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