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Transformers Nails with DIY Nail Decals

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Jun.2014 · 2 comments

As many of you know, the newest Transformers movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, opens today in theaters across America.  I’ve been a Transformers fan since the 1984 cartoon series. I can (mostly) recite the first three movies line-by-line. I even walked down the aisle to a song from Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. So I had to do something to my nails to celebrate the latest movie’s release!

I pondered, brainstormed, and pontificated. I knew I wanted the Autobots insignia on my two big toe nails. Hand-painting the design seemed like my only option until I glanced at our printer cabinet and saw a pack of clear mailing labels waving at me. Ding ding ding! Lightbulb moment!

First, I’ll show the results of my Autobots nail art; then I’ve got a tutorial to make your own nail decals!

++ The Results ++

Transformers Autobots Nail art design with DIY nail decals

++ The Materials ++

  • Seche Clear base coat
  • China Glaze nail polish in For Audrey
  • Seche Vite polish top coat (or other thick, glossy, quick-drying top coat)
  • Printable sheet of clear mailing labels (decal or tattoo “paper” would also work – maybe even better!)
  • An inkjet or laser printer – either variety will work just fine.
  • Digital image of the Transformers Autobots (or any design you wish) logo.
    • Big Hint: Make sure your chosen image is in png format with a transparent background! This will allow your nail color to show through.
  • Tweezers

++ The Creation ++

  1. Use Microsoft Word, Open Office, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or a similar program to place your Autobots insignia on the appropriate template for your chosen clear labels.
    • Hint: You can find templates for your specific label size by Googling the brand name plus the label number plus the world ‘template’.  For example you could Google “Avery 8329 template”.
  2. I found it easiest to use a full sheet clear label.  Basically my label sheet is an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of paper that just happens to be one huge peel n’ stick label.
  3. Resize your image/logo/insignia to approximately 1cm by 1cm (approximately 0.4 inches x 0.4 inches) size for use on the big toe nail.
    • For use on your fingernails, a size of 0.75cm by 0.75cm (approximately 0.3 inches by 0.3 inches) should work for most nails except the teeny pinky nail.
    • Hint: I suggest placing multiple copies of the logo/insignia in your document similar to the ones I created – shown below. That way you can make a few different size; a variety of colors; even a ton of different logos!
  4. Print the document onto your clear labels.
  5. Leave the backing on for now and use scissors to carefully cut out your design.
  6. Paint your nails with the polish base coat.
  7. Paint your nails with 2-3 coats of a colored polish such as For Audrey by China Glaze.  Let dry completely.
  8. Use tweezers to help peel away the label backing from your Autobots logo.
  9. Use the tweezers to hold the logo “sticker” and place it onto your nail. Press down thoroughly.
    • Smooth out all air bubbles using your finger or the wrong end of your tweezers.
  10. Apply at least 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat to seal and protect your design.
  11. Ta-da! You’ve just DIY’d personalized nail decals!

DIY nail decals featuring the Transformer Autobots

Honestly, this step-by-sep list makes the process look difficult but it is actually darn easy. The most difficult and time consuming part is finding the right image (Google Images is your BFF here!).

Please do not hesitate to post questions, requests for help, or a photo of your own design in the comments section down below!

Pedicures are cooler with Autobots on your toes,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Three Super Easy Nighttime Makeup Looks

by Bionic Beauty on 06.Jun.2013 · 0 comments

Looking for a quick brush-up on makeup looks for your next after-dusk adventure?  Total Beauty put together this photo article to help beauties everywhere… and if you don’t have the specific makeup goodies mentioned – just swap in your own!

TotalBeauty.com
Beauty Dare: 3 Easy Night Looks

Is it possible to create three night looks with only three purse-sized palettes? We put three girls up to the challenge. See how they did

 

Beauty Dare: 3 Easy Night Looks

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup article

Once you come to accumulate a certain volume of beauty products, it gets harder and harder not to mix and match everything, especially before a night out. A smoky eye can require shadows from three different palettes, and the perfect pout can mean one lipstick shade covered with a separate sheer gloss. Is it possible to create a stunning night look using just one palette? We challenged three staffers to create three night looks using only three purse-sized palettes. Click ahead to see how they did!

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Enjoy your night on the town,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

A spooky ghostie ghoul makeup look

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Oct.2012 · 0 comments

BOO!!

This Halloween I’m dressing as a spooky, Victorian-era ghost… complete with bustle dress, boots, and curled (but messy) hair. And today I figured was a fantastic day for a makeup dress rehearsal!

Spooky ghost makeup

Where's my coffee?!? Even ghosts are unhappy without caffeine!

And now… the quick n’ spooky tutorial~
For the Face and Eyes…

  • Apply a primer! Always use a primer when applying costume makeup – it’ll help seal your skin; make the look last longer; and assist in preventing breakouts.
  • Apply pale concealer or heavy makeup across your entire face and neck. Make sure everything is one color.
  • Cover your face and neck with white eyeshadow. I used a white by L’Oreal HiP. I applied only one coat for this (but I’ll use two or three coats for Halloween night), applied with my Beauty Blender sponge.
  • Line eyes with black eyeliner – I used a black gel eyeliner from Purely Cosmetics. Be sure to also line your waterline and your upper and lower lash line!
  • Next, grab some highly pigmented black eyeshadow. I used one by Milani. Sweep it heavily across your entire upper lid, and really smoosh it into your upper lid crease. Blend outward to your temple.
  • Using that same black shadow, sweep it under your lower lashline – don’t be too neat here. Messy is excellent!
  • Add some more of that black shadow to the inner corners of your eyes, next to the bridge of your nose to create depth and shadows. Also bring the shadow under your eye, but above your cheek, to create the looks of under-eye “bags”.
  • Now comes the fun part!
  • Using your black gel eyeliner, draw driplines down from your lower lashline. Sweep some black eyeshadow between the lines and along the edges to soften and create some shadows.
  • Dab a red lipstick or red lipstain at the inner corners of your eyes (right by your tear ducts).
  • Optional ~ After the gel liner dries, use a clear lipgloss to lightly trace over the drips. This makes an awesome gooey texture!!

For the Cheeks ~

  • Shade the hallows of your cheeks with the black eyeshadow.

For the Lips ~

  • Apply a red lipstain (I used one of the CoverGirl marker-style lip stains) to the inner portion of your lips (i.e. the parts of your lips closest to your teeth). Let it dry.
  • Pucker your lips and apply concealer or super-pale lipstick to the outer portions. Un-pucker your lips.
  • Use the black gel liner or black eyeshadow to trace and fill in those lines left by the puckering.
  • Add the drips below your lips as described in the Eyes section above. Try to carry some down and underneath your chin for the full effect!
  • Dab the red lipstain in the outer corners of your lips for depth.

For Halloween night, I’ll be adding some more white underneath everything – gotta have uber-pale skin, right? And I also plan to carry the white makeup and shading down my neck, chest, and all the exposed areas on my arms and hands.

What are you dressing as for Halloween?  And feel free to share any costume makeup tips in the comments below!

Happy Halloween ghouls,

Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

11 Common Makeup Mistakes

by Bionic Beauty on 12.Aug.2011 · 0 comments



TotalBeauty.com
11 Makeup Mistakes You’re Making Without Even Knowing

Sure, you don’t need anyone to tell you how to apply eyeliner — but are you wearing the wrong one? Find out

11 Makeup Mistakes You're Making Without Even Knowing

This is a TotalBeauty.com makeup mistakes article

Don’t you hate it when you realize — at the end of the day — that you’ve had a gnarly piece of black pepper stuck right between your front teeth and nobody told you? Think of us as the kind-hearted stranger to shine light on some makeup mistakes you’ve been oblivious to.

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Bionic Homemade: Hot Chocolate Face Mask

by JoyceyCouture on 25.Jan.2011 · 6 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s day- if there is only one thing in the world that is a certainty in life it’s that we all have chocolate in the house this time of year.

Once regarded as bad for our health, research has proven that dark chocolate is healthy- and not just to eat. The compounds found in chocolate can actually benefit the skin.

Time to melt down that left over Christmas candy! ;)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp cream, plain yogurt, or sour cream
  • 3 tsp oats
DIY homemade hot chocolate face mask

Sooth your skin throughout the candy season with this scrumptious chocolate face mask!

Directions:
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