I don’t know what it is about the warmer weather, but when spring and summer come ’round I’m always looking for nail art ideas. Nothing too difficult or intricate (I don’t have time to spend hours on a manicure), and something that is quick and easy. Today I’m going to show you one of my go-to nail art manicures that is super easy to recreate. You definitely don’t have to be a nail art expert – if you can paint your nails and cut with a pair of scissors, then you will definitely be able to recreate this manicure. Let’s jump right in!
Colours used are:
Essie – Play Date
Essie – Mint Candy Apple
Essie – Hors D’Oeuvres
Base coat – my preferred one is Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Nail Treatment
Top coat – my favourite is Essie Good To Go
Below is a step-by-step pictorial:
Step 1: Start off with a base coat – very important! It strengthens the nails whilst creating a protective barrier between your nail and the polish (no stained nails). My favourite is the Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Nail Treatment – if you have brittle, fragile & chipping nails, this base coat is for you!
Step 2: Paint your nails with your favourite colour nail polish, and paint your ring finger nail with a glitter polish. As you can see I used ‘Play Date’ on four of my fingers, and ‘Hors D-Oeuvres’ on my ring finger to make it pop. Let your nails dry completely, it’s very important to make sure your nails are completely dry because we are going to stick sticky tape on top of the nail. If the nail polish is even the slightest bit wet, the sticky tape will remove some of the polish when you peel it off and you’ll have to start all over again. It’s best to apply thin layers of polish so they can dry sufficiently before you use the tape.
Step 3: Cut a piece of sticky tape off (about 1cm), cut that piece in half (lengthways). Stick both pieces onto the back of your hand, this gets rid of most of the stickiness. You want the sticky tape to be sticky enough to adhere to your nail, but not too sticky (otherwise it will remove some of the nail polish when you peel it off).
Step 4: Stick one piece of sticky tape diagonally across your nail, and criss-cross the other piece on top of it to make a triangle at the bottom of your nail. Make sure the sections closest to where your nail meets the skin are adhered securely.
Step 5: Fill in the open triangular space at the bottom of the nail with the second nail polish – in this case I used ‘Mint Candy Apple.’ You can even use a shimmery nail polish to create the accents / nail art but make sure the polish you use is very opaque (preferably a one-coater) because you will only be able to apply one layer for the accent. Peel off of the tape immediately to ensure that your design is sharp and has clean edges.
Step 6: Wait for the nail art sections to dry, apply your favourite top coat and you’re done!
Have fun with this and if you decide recreate this nail art look, be sure to tag @pinkpeoniesblog and @BeautySouthAfrica on Instagram.
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