I love, love, love nail art! During grad school, I was all about it. Painting my nails in elaborate designs every week. Then I graduated and the real world stepped in. But now as I am adjusting, I am beginning to get back into the nail art routine and thought it would be great to share with you a quick and easy tutorial.
I got the inspiration from a manicure Une-deux senses posted a long, long time ago on her blog. This double-funky french (as she calls it) is super simple and took me a very short time to actually do. I love the darker colors for the fall and the more unusual elephant gray that you don't typically see on nails.
Step 1: Always start with a base coat. This protects your nails from staining and also keeps the manicure lasting longer. The base coat I use is Quimaca Alemana Esmalte Endurecedor para Unas. I discovered it at a nail salon, where they sold it for $15, but then found it on amazon and ebay for half the price! I don't want to get too into it as I plan on doing a review, but this is a must get! It makes your nails grow and stay strong like whoa! Like Whoa!!! Buy it here.
Step 2: Apply the primary color on all nails. I used Spoiled's Steel the Show (S065). It is a gorgeous elephant/mouse color. In the bottle it appears to have somewhat of a purplish hue, but this doesn't transfer too much onto the nail once applied. Either way, it is gorgeous, and more unusual, and just perfect for fall.
Before proceeding to this step, make sure your nails are completely dry!!! This is crucial, because if they are not, you will peel off the primary color (trust me, this happened to me because I was too eager).
Step 3: Using scotch tape cut a very, very thing strip and place it on the tip of your accent nail, almost like you are preparing for a french manicure. Then take the remaining piece of tape and place it right under that strip, leaving a thin gap. You are essentially creating two small gaps on which to apply the secondary color. Wrap the tape securely around your finger, making sure there are no air bubbles around the tapes edge.
Step 4: Apply the secondary color on the ascent nail. I used NYC's Black Lace Creme (119). You don't have to be too careful as this is what the tape is for, but I always try to keep it neat so its less of a mess later. Just make sure that you've covered all of the gaps with the secondary color.
Step 5: Carefully remove the tape and voila! I found that you don't want to wait for the nail polish to dry on this step, but just go ahead and peel it off. This ensures that you are only peeling off the nail polish that is on the tape and not the part that you want to keep. Finish with a top coat. I use Spoiled's X-Ray Vision (S001) but because it was on sale and I tend to switch mine up a lot.
Step 6: Enjoy! You can try this with an unlimited amount of color combinations to make it fit any occasion or season.
Will you gals try this out? I would love to see photos of what you come up with. Also, please let me know if you like nail tutorials, and if you have suggestions for what you would like to see next.
Until next time,