In case you don’t know, I have an unhealthy obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It started with my brothers who loved the cartoon when they were younger, and eventually I caught up with them when the remake of the movie came out in 2014. I cried with laughter at Michelangelo (the one in the orange mask for any newbies) and he quickly became my favourite. Since then, I’ve kind of fallen in love with the turtles. If you follow my instagram, you’ll have seen that it has gone so far that I know own a pair of Michelangelo Dr Martens. From those shoes were born these nails.
They’re relatively simple, and of course you can switch out Mikey for your favourite turtle.
Here’s what I used:
So firstly, I painted my pinkies, index fingers and thumbs in the darker green nail paint (Rimmel Rita Ora). Once that I was dry I painted a matte top coat on my pinkies and index fingers, and a glossy top coat on my thumbs – I’ll explain why later on.
On my ring fingers and middle fingers I painted half the nail orange and half the nail in the lighter green (Revlon Gel ColorStay Envy). Then it was a case of copying the design of my shoes on to my nails, using various sized dotting tools and a tiny nail art brush, as you can see here:
Back to my thumb, I tried something a little new for me. I purchased some nail vinyls from ebay, and I figured the shattered glass type one could pass for a turtle shell. So the reason I painted on a glossy top coat is so that the colour underneath is protected and doesn’t peel off when you peel away the vinyl. Once I’d laid down the vinyl, I painted over with a light brown polish, peeled away the vinyl and topped it with a matte top coat once it was dry.
As I said, they’re pretty simple nails as long as you have some pretty basic freehand skills. They’re perfect for my niece’s Princesses and Superheroes birthday party at the end of this week, but I also just love them because they’re Mikey.
Who else loves Mikey? Or are you a Donatello fan? Leonardo? Raphael? Let me know in the comments!
Sparkle On! – Ellie .xx