By Amy Lawrenson
Jubilee fever is rising in the ELLE offices and on the beauty desk I'm channelling my excitement with some nail art.
I created the Union Jack nail (pictured left) using Bourjois So Laque! in Bleu fabuleux (not a very British name, I know), Revlon Nail Enamel in Red Bikini and Models Own Wah Nail Art Pen in white.
First I painted a base of white on the nail using Revlon Nail Enamel in White on White, then using a small paint brush painted on the rough shape of the Union Jack using the red and blue polishes. To get a neater look I used the striping brush (in the Models Own Wah Nail Art Pen) to go over the white areas of the flag and finished with a top coat. It's a bit fiddly so reserve this for one look-at-me-nail rather than attempting all ten digits.
To get the crown mani, I painted the nail using a deep red polish and left to dry. Next using a very thin paintbrush and Nails Inc glitzy gold polish in Wembley I painted on a basic crown shape in the centre. Once the crown was touch dry I decorated it with small gold sequins and crystals (from Creative Beadcraft). To finish I painted a thin line of black polish at the base of the crown and dabbed on some Gosh Nail Glitter in Gold (using a small paintbrush) so it didn't look too harsh.
And there you have it two ways to celebrate beauty and the Jubilee! If you give either of these looks a try tweet pictures to us @elleuk - I'd love to see them. And if you want some nail art inspiration that's not Jubilee themed I created eight nail art looks and step-by-steps - take a good look through our art-inspired nail feature here...
Have a wonderful weekend.