Today will be a quick piece of nail art inspired by a very cool iOS game. Beat Sneak Bandit is the new release from Simogo and it’s a rhythm, stealth, puzzle game. It came out last week and I’ve not really seen anything like it before. My boyfriend became obsessed with it and I didn’t really get to talk to him for about 6 days. So in tribute of the game and seeing as I had some time on my hands I did some Beat Sneak Bandit inspired nail art.
I won’t go into full details of all the techniques as I’ve shown them on my blog before but I’ll link to them.
I started out with three background colours: fuchsia, nude and turquoise. I painted my middle finger and ring finger with the nude, my little finger with the turquoise and my thumb and index finger with the fuchsia.
I then used some scotch tape and created diagonal lines on my middle and ring fingers so they formed a corner. I painted the top half turquoise and the bottom half fuchsia. One thing to remember when using scotch tape for nail art is to remove it immediately while the polish is still wet to get clean lines.
This is the tricky part and the thing I want to focus on. For the characters I used a bit of an odd technique. As they are so small and so detailed I chose to create them on a plastic sheet and then transfer them.
Usually I would use a sandwich bag – I didn’t have one so used cling film, which does work but not as well. I drew the shape of my nails underneath the bag so that I could get the right size. I used white polish to create the shape of the characters and let them dry for about an hour.
When they were dry, I added colour and detail. I chose to use the main character and his sidekick Frog. When I’d finished painting, I let them dry. I give it a couple of hours as the layers were quite thick.
When it was dry I peeled them off with tweezers. When you do this with a sandwich bag it’s a lot easier, the cling film is a lot more fiddly. I even had to cheat with the main character and cut around the shape with scissors as the polish was stretching.
I painted a nail with a clear polish and placed my character on top and pressed it down with a large dotting tool. Then I painted another clear coat to seal in the design.
For the surrounding nails I painted the little clocks you have to collect in the game. I used a similar technique as I did in my peacock nail design. I made a large circle using black polish and a large dotting too. Then a very fine dotting tool to draw a small line above the circle and connected the two shapes. Using white polish I made a smaller circle in the middle of the large one and then used a toothpick dipped in black polish to make the hands of the clocks.
And there you have it. A fun piece of nail art using a new technique. I’ll definitely try this again with a sandwich bag and earlier in the day, as you need a lot of drying time for both the character painting and the clocks.
It didn’t turn out as well as I hoped but that’s partially down to tools and colours but you get the general idea.
You can download Beat Sneak Bandit from the App Store now. I highly recommend it.