Bingo Pattern Nail Art Ideas

There are many steps in a woman’s beauty regimen, involving toners, creams, lotions and a whole bunch of other products to keep our hands, face, hair and the rest of our body in the best condition possible. A study posted on Women’s Health reveals that we spend about 55 minutes a day working on our face and hair alone, which does not even compare to the amount of time we spend on our manicures! Though some of us do not notice the time that goes into our nails since we end up turning our trip to the salon into a social gathering.

While it is nice to be waited on hand and foot (literally!), doing your own manicure is equally, if not, more satisfying, especially for those of us who have an artsy side. Having a home nail spa allows you to take creative liberties with your designs, letting you experiment with different colors, patterns and even textiles.

Over the years, we have seen some eccentric designs, including cable knit nails showcased on Mashable, but one pattern that many people have started to take an interest in are those that are bingo inspired.

For a while, bingo was nothing more than just a way to entertain people, but as the growth of online bingo communities flourished, fashion and beauty experts saw the positive influence the game could have on their respective industries. Other than Beauty Bingo events that rewarded attendees with an amazing salon and bingo experience combined, gaming operators often use make-up and shopping giveaways to increase gameplay as well as offer titles such as Make Over Magic on Iceland Bingo to solidify the strong connection between bingo and beauty.

Not sure where to start with your bingo nail look? First things first. Traditional bingo balls have five colors: yellow, green, red, blue, and white. There are a total of 75 numbers to choose from. The numbers are divided up as follows: B 1 to 15, I 16 to 30, N 31 to 45, G 46 to 60, and O 61 to 75. You can pick a number from each letter and put a different color on each nail or you can pick your favorite colors and limit yourself to two or three colors.

Traditional bingo balls have the following layer. Bright color, white circle, followed by a small letter above a larger number. Nothing says you have to follow this format. Go where your creativity leads you, or the size of your nail bed and length of your nails. Here is a basic layout to get your started:

Traditional bingo nail art using base colors and numbers on each finger spelling out the word.

If you don’t like the starkness of the surrounding colors you can add little white dots to break it up.

Bingo Nail Art patterns do require small paintbrushes and steady hands but do not let that keep you from trying. At the very least a dotting tool can be used to make the white circle then use a Sharpie to write in your letter and number. Or you can paint your nails one color and practice your favorite number on your thumb (like O clickety click — true bingo-aholics will know what that is). If these still appear too difficult for you to execute, you can always bring a picture with you the next time you have got an appointment with your nail esthetician.

Owl Nail Art

I have been obsessed with owl anything this past year so when I saw MissJenFabulous’s Owl Nail Art video over six months ago I knew I had to give it a whirl (I finally decided to do it for my vacation trip back home and they lasted the whole week — I received great compliments too). I love Jen’s videos and this one is so short and straight to the point and the owls are incredibly cute. Have a look at her video tutorial:

I practised this once on some plastic fingers and again on a post-it note. I highly recommend practising what you are going to do before hand so you can get a feel for each of your polish choices and how they react when using a dotting tool etc.

First things first was the owl base to represent the main feather area. I used :

I worked the colors on both hands using the self-adhesive reinforcements like Jen did in the video. I almost stopped there because I liked the look so much but I’ll have to remember to do this another time — one color obviously.

To start things off I used paper hole reinforcements to give a nice curve at the nail bed.

When I looked at all four colors on my nails I kind of cringed a bit. I can humbly admit I am horrible at coordinating more than two colors but I was also limited by the choice of shimmer polishes I had. I wanted them to be in the same family at least and somewhat similar to video.

I love the look of the exposed matrix.

But once I started putting on the details it really pulled the colors together and made them look much better.

For the details I used:

  • Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud (bellies)
  • Julep Catrina (yellow eyes)
  • Art Deco black (pupils)
  • Julep Nan (beak)
  • Julep Rooney (stomach spots)

If you have any Sally Hansen whites in the Complete Salon Manicure I highly recommend them for doing the belly because the brush is so wide and made it so much easier to get the owl belly shape.

This Sally Hansen polish seems to be my go-to when I am doing nail art.

Once the eyes go in it really starts to come together across all fingers. They are pretty cute already!

I find I am getting better at dotting eyes the more practice I get. They are pretty cute.

And then the beaks. I used a little brush which I can control more than a striping brush for intricate details.

A little more cuteness with the addition of the beaks.

Then the belly spots.

I tried to vary the size of the dots like she did but occasionally forgot, still not bad.

I think they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! Bare in mind no one will be looking as close as these pictures so the little flubs will be unnoticeable.

I had so much fun doing this nail art and love the results.

It wasn’t too hard; the left hand was considerably more tricky of course but I made a point of working on it first. This is the best nail art to turn out on my left hand so far. Overall, I would totally recommend attempting this nail art. I’d like to do it again with some funky pastels.

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Avon Nail Strips

I was gifted the Racy Lacy nail art strips by a Avon rep. I have used nail strips in the past but this is the first time I used this brand. For me nail strips are a novelty item. They will never replace nail polish for me. To me nail polish is more economical (I can get more manis per bottle than what is supplied in a box of strips–and isn’t it convenient they only put in 18 strips instead of 20) and I feel like I have more control over polish.

The Racy Lacy nail strips are actually transparent where the black netting is and there are a few raised gems on each one. Instead of putting them on bare nails and having them show through I thought I would put them over my L’Oreal Rendezvous red nail polish which sort of matched the gems (it did in my darkly lit living room but not so much in these pictures).

I applied Avon nail strips over my red nail polish.

I usually have no problem fitting the fingers with the nails strip shapes but I always have a problem with my thumbs which have a square cuticle edge instead of rounded, I suspect mostly everyone else does.

A close up of the Racy Lacy Avon nail strips.

I find these strips to be really sturdy to work with; the last Sally Hansen (SH) ones I had kept tearing with the slightest tug and these ones are hefty, maybe a bit too hefty. The excess at tip has to be filed off and it takes more to file them (including some nail) than the SH strips. I had fun putting them on but they are just not my thing — I really enjoy the act of painting on the polish.

My nail art strips from another angle.

No top coat is required and they stayed on the few days I had them on no problem even being over polish. To remove them I only had to peel them off. Avon has over 18 patterns of nails strips to choose from for $10.

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Dry Water Marble Nails

This past week CutePolish shared an easy DIY method to create a different marble nails look than the messy water method. Her super quick how-to video gets straight to the point:

In my opinion this looks nothing like the blending of the water marble polish BUT it was fun and while time consuming it is not nearly as time consuming as the water method. AND it still produces stunning results.

My first attempt at dry marble nail art.

I practiced on paper first and I am glad I did as it gave me a feel for the consistency of the nail polish I had chosen for this nail art project. Which was: Julep’s Josephine (smokey dark blue base), Catrina (bright yellow), and Candace (sparkly brown gold – bottle shown below).

A closer look at Julep's Candace nail polish.

You have to be quick and you have to do one nail at a time because you are racing with the drying speed of whatever nail polish you are using; another reason practice before doing on the nail makes sense.

A super close up of the blended colors in this nail art design.

You also need to use a light touch as it is easy to gouge too deeply into the base layer and expose the nail surface. I found it hard to get any consistency with the pattern so I gladly went with whatever I happened to create. I still managed to “overwork” the pinky too much though. With marble nail art I feel less is more.

Dry marble nail art under articial lighting.

I would definitely like to try this one again. And I totally recommend giving it a try as it is fairly easy to create unique nail art without the hassle of water. Work on a paper towel. Have all your polishes open but not sealed. And have lots of extra toothpicks already out and ready to use just in case.

My dry marble nail art in sunlight.

The three colors I used were part of the September Julep Maven box but can be purchased from Julep as a collection or individually whether you are a maven or not.

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Marble Nail Art

There are a lot of marbling nail art instructional videos on Youtube and I suggest watching a few before attempting this project. It was Colette’s video that finally made me confident enough to give it a try. Even though most nails seem to be really long I felt positive enough to do it with my short nails and still get good results. What I like about her video is that she gets right to business, providing tips all along the way. Watch it a few times.

If you are going to try the marble process I cannot stress enough the importance of being well rested and in a calm state of mind. I can only imagine how bad this experience could have been had I been in a bad mood. I also think it is important to test the waters (oh, yes I did) with the nail colors you are going to use beforehand to get a feel for how they spread and to play with the drawing process.

Here is a look at my work station. I worked standing up by the counter sink. I laid down some paper towel to catch spills and set up everything I needed on two pieces. Tools I used: Vaseline gelly, plastic mug with water, LOTS of toothpicks (sitting off towel), Q-tips, and my polishes.

This is my work station I used for my marble nail art creation.

For nail polish colors, I started with Revlon’s basecoat for protection. This was followed by two coats of Julep’s white Bunny (see previous Bunny post). For my actual marbling colors I chose a red (Nan), baby blue (Bess),and navy (Char), all by Julep. I was thinking nautical.

Instead of tape to protect the skin around each nail I decided to use Vasoline; mostly because I have not had much success with tape in nail art in the past (this is a personal thing). Tape is not exactly a cheap application method either. Vasoline provides a barrier and moisturizes. I applied it with a Q-tip for more accuracy and to keep from gumming up my working hand. It turned out to be a good option for me — the excess polish slid off when I wiped it with a clean Q-tip. There were only a couple spots I had to go over with nail polish remover.

The mess one can make doing this kind of nail art.

I wanted to do the three finger dunk like in Colette’s video instead of the individual finger ones I have seen in most videos but I could not get my target big enough for three fingers hence the practicing I mentioned earlier. To me there is less nail polish waste and the whole process is quicker if you can do more than one at a time. But if you are really picky about the pattern layout you are best going one at a time.

Here is my final look, overall, I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt:

The final look of my marble nail art experiment.

The whole process is a fun crafty project that requires some thought and planning ahead. It took me awhile to finally commit to trying it but I am glad I did and would probably try this one again with the same and new colors. I would not change anything in my process other than practicing with my color choices the day before; seeing how they react to water and drawing in the targets.

Have you tried this nail art technique yet? Are you planning on it?

Faux Saran Wrap Nails

So there is this Saran Wrap nail art tutorial where you put on a one color and let it dry and then put on another color and let it try a few seconds before tapping it with crumpled up piece of plastic wrap. The result is an awesome two tone mottled look, in theory; but totally above my messy tolerance level. If you want to go the Saran route here is a great video by Mattania from QT Place.

Today, I put on a base coat of Cover Girl Outlast in “My Papaya” (#250) and let it dry completely. I topped it with Ceramic Glaze “Watermelon Cooler” (#402). I let each nail dry a couple seconds then tapped down on the second layer with the tip of the nail brush after excess polish was removed. It worked really well with this Ceramic Glaze nail polish because it is kind of goopy to begin with. I then topped with my favorite top coat, Juleps Freedom Polymer. Here’s a final look at the results:

Saran wrap look nail art in pink and green.

I am happy enough with the results and process to try this again. Have you tried the Saran Wrap nail art process?

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Bow Nail Art

Dakota from Luxurious Nails did an awesome YouTube tutorial for creating a bow on your nails. I absolutely loved this and had to try it myself.

As you can see I used a different color combination than Dakota who used a flesh toned base. The colors I used were:

  • L’Oreal’s Not a Cloud in Sight
  •  Ceramic Glaze, Exotic Dragonfruit
  • Sally Hansen Complete Manicure 410 Lavender Cloud (looks almost white)
  • Sally Hansen Black Nail Art Pen

It is a little rough around the edges but still not a bad look for a first attempt. I love it! And I was totally impressed with myself for days afterward.

Bright pink bows on cloud blue backdrop.

The Not a Cloud in Sight shade is kind of goopy and does not like to be overworked with more than a stroke or two. But the color is fabulous. It definitely requires at least two coats for a smooth solid finish but like I say it is finicky.

The Sally Hansen nail art pen is one of my favorite tools because I find it so much easier to use for details than a brush. But lately I’ve noticed it has been smearing when I put my top coat on, even if I have waited 30 minutes. One of the clerks suggested drying drops so I’ll let you know how that turns out.

How to Tone Down Hot Pink Polish

This summer I entered Shoppers’s Drug Marts online nail art competition which featured four looks that we had to mimic. One of my favorite looks was created by nail artists Jenny Stencel and Danielle Black from Polish You Pretty. The tutorial uses three colors including two very bright pinks which are almost painful (but pretty) to look at on their own but applying them together along with a bright teal accent tones down the hot pink polish without killing its “pop” color appeal.

The instruction video the nail artists provided is quick and to the point and makes learning to do this process quick and fun:

This is one of my favorite looks so far and it still surprises me how easy it was to do. I am looking forward to doing this one again with other colors.

Bright summer pink nail polishes by Ceramic Glaze and Quo.

The nail polishes I used for this look were:

  • Quo by Orly — Femme Fatale
  • Ceramic Glaze — Watermelon Cooler
  • Ceramic Glaze — Exotic Dragon Fruit

I believe Quo and Ceramic Glaze are both exclusive to Shopper’s Drug Mart but any bright shades from your collection would work. I used a Revlon base coat. Here is the live view of my final creation.

This has seriously been one of my favorite looks. You have to try it.

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