Last week we told you about our partnership with Olympic luxury nail artist, Sophy Robson, which we hope will engage bright young women in the game and ensure that tomorrow’s sporting stars are always a step ahead when it comes to the latest nail art trends.
As part of the partnership, the Olympic nail icon has created a series of unique Netball Nail designs created especially for short nails - so girls can still be super stylish whilst keeping the umpire happy! The seven styles, each with their own unique name, have been created exclusively for the England Netball team, but can be easily replicated at home so sports-loving ladies everywhere can enjoy the look too.
We’re honoured to be able to showcase some of these designs, which were launched to media on Wednesday at Sophy’s Salon, Hari’s in Chelsea, with captain Pamela Cookey and England Netball stars Stacey Francis and Natalie Haythornthwaite. Tangerine Dream Nails
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 opted for red and blue. 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. 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.
Animal Passion Nails
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
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 to really make you stand out on the field
3. Once your base colour is dry, you can start working up your animal print. First, choose two contrasting colours to give the design the ‘wow’ factor - we’ve gone for a glimmering gold against pure white. Using the gold, paint on three or four half-moon shapes onto the nail and leave to dry. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect – wild animal patterns never are!
4. You can then add a white dot to the centre of your half-moon shapes to finish off that amazing animal print look. Don’t forget to add a generous layer of top coat so your designs stay protected while you shine in all your sporting glory!
Tip - Although we’ve gone for red, gold and white, why not try customising the colours of your animal print to match your kit colours and add a touch of glamour to your sporty look.
Girl on Fire Nails
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.
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.
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