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Transformers Nails with DIY Nail Decals

by Jami Summers on June 27, 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

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Why You Do Actually Need Green, Pink, and Yellow Face Powders

Brightly-colored face powders may look shocking but they’ll make your skin look amazing

 

Why You Do Actually Need Green, Pink, and Yellow Face Powders

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There is a new generation of face powders on the market and they certainly look . . . unique. They’re not the usual oil-absorbing powders that never matched your skin tone. These are white, green, yellow, and pink face powders so bright they can give some eye shadow palettes a run for their money. But before you automatically pass them up in the beauty aisle, listen up: Professional makeup artists swear by these new powders — and the swear that they’re fool proof. Click ahead to see which new face powders will highlight your best features and give your skin an enviable glow.

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Holiday 2012: A Makeup Collection Roundup

by Jami Summers on December 13, 2012 · 0 comments

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Behind-The-Scenes: Holiday Makeup Collections

We got an exclusive look at the inspiration boards responsible for the holiday collections created by your favorite brands



Behind-The-Scenes: Holiday Makeup Collections

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While we love the trusty products of our favorite beauty brands year-round, we always get giddy over the launch of exclusive holiday collections. Believe it or not, it takes more than red and green color combos to get the creative juices flowing when creating a special collection. The masterminds behind beauty brands compile inspirational mood boards and wegot an exclusive look. After seeing these collages, you’ll want to seriously step up your Pinterest game. Prepare to be wowed! 

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Fall 2012: Wine-y Lips

by Jami Summers on November 14, 2012 · 1 comment

I’ve spent many an hour staring at the lovely (to me anyway) dark lip colors this fall.  I swear, the burgundies, maroons, and plums are following me – online, offline – I’m being stalked (without all the scariness).  Anyhow, if you love the idea and/or look of this autumn’s darker red-ish lip colors, you’ll probably enjoy this article from TB…

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Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips

Afraid to venture into vampy, dark lipsticks? No Worries. This guide’s got all you need to master the mulberry hues



Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips

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It’s official: Wine-stained lips are this season’s must-have look. But if diving into the world of gothic glamour seems completely foreign, take this crash course. It’s got everything a dark lipstick newbie needs to feel comfortable flaunting a wine-colored pout. 

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Helpful? Do you already have a fave dark lipcolor??

Roundup of the best at-home face peels!

by Jami Summers on July 10, 2012 · 0 comments

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14 Best and Worst At-Home Peels

Sure, we’d all love to get a chemical peel at the spa, but who has that kind of money? When you need a little skin pick-me-up, check out our readers’ favorite at-home peels. Just make sure to avoid the worst ones on this list



14 Best and Worst At-Home Peels

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Do you love the results you get from a professional chemical peel, but hate its price tag? You need this list of at-home peels that won’t break the bank. Readers say their favorites can slough off dead skin cells and leave skin radiant, while the worst will leave skin red and irritated. See which at-home peels you should try — and avoid — now. 

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