The Kodama Mani by Melissa Grey for Studio Ghibli Brunch

kodama-nails-00-header
In honor of GGB NY’s Studio Ghibli brunch, I turned to one of my favorite Miyazaki-helmed films, Princess Mononoke, for inspiration. With its unparalleled animation and strong aesthetic, the Ghibli oeuvre provides a ton of nail art design possibilities, but I wanted to go with something simple and easy to replicate for this tutorial. I’ve always loved the kodama — the transluscent tree spirits that make that slightly unsettling but also kind of cute clacking sound — and what they symbolize, particularly at the film’s end. To get a creepy/cute kodama mani, just follow these simple steps.

Continue reading

Harley Quinn Mani Tutorial

harley-quinn-header

Harley Quinn Annual #1 Bombshells Variant

To celebrate New York Comic Con (and the wildly successful Fan Girls’ Night Out, naturally), I looked to one of my favorite characters in DC’s canon for inspiration: Harley Quinn. Ever since the character’s introduction in the animated series of the early 90’s, she’s occupied a special place in my heart, not simply because she pulls off a jester costume the way so few people can, but because she’s, to put it politely, absolutely fucking nuts. There are plenty of reasons to love Harley, her poor taste in men notwithstanding, and with a few (sort of) simple steps, you can show the world just how much you care.

Continue reading

The Legend of Zelda Mani

GGB-zeldanails-00-header
In honor of Retro Video Game Month here at Geek Girl Brunch, I’ve decided to tackle one of the world’s most beloved franchises: The Legend of Zelda. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have the cutest mani in all of Hyrule. All you’ll need is gold and black polish, a top coat, a small detail brush, and some vases to break for ambience (the last bit is optional).

Continue reading

Our MARVELous Brunch Sponsors

geekgirlbrunch_marvel_swag

Every time we brunch we get bigger and better. Our Marvel Brunch was our biggest one to date, we had 29 brunchettes attend! We’ll blog all about brunch very soon, but our brunch wouldn’t have been as MARVELous if it weren’t for our amazing Etsy sponsors. Each of these creators and sellers went above and beyond to make sure our brunchettes had fantastic swag. Without them our brunch wouldn’t have been the same. Geek Girl Brunch and all of the brunchettes thank you! Heart their shops on Etsy and follow them online!

Continue reading

Captain Marvel Mani Tutorial

geekgirlbrunch_capmarvnails-header

Captain Marvel by Jamie McKelvie

To celebrate Geek Girl Brunch’s Marvel Month, I took inspiration from an iconic hero who bears her universe’s namesake: Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers is a genuine, grade-A badass so we hope we did her justice with this star-spangled design.

Continue reading

Moon Prism Mani- A Sailor Moon Manicure Tutorial

Brunch, as we all know, isn’t merely a meal. It is an event. And what fun is an event if you don’t have a super cute manicure to match? In honor of Magical Girl month, I’ve tackled a relatively simple nail art design inspired by Sailor Moon, chiefly the Inner Senshi and their outfits.

Step 1:

SailorMoonMani-1Gather your materials. Since I’m doing the Inner Senshi, I made sure I had a variety of colors that matched their sailor costumes. I also included a few lighter and darker shades of the core colors for highlighting/shadowing. You’ll also need a dotting tool of some kind (feel free to get creative if you don’t have one on hand — for a long time, I used a dull pencil), a thin detail brush, and a wider brush to help with clean up afterwards. Absolutely necessary: Acetone. Continue reading