Easy nail art for summer

Thursday, 17 September 2015

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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!

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Colours used are:
Essie – Play Date
Essie – Mint Candy Apple
Essie – Hors D’Oeuvres

Tools needed:
Scissors
Sticky tape
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:

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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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Luzanne is the founder of Pink Peonies, a South African beauty & lifestyle blog creating fresh & original content including product reviews, beauty tips & tricks, makeup & hair tutorials and beauty DIYs. When she is not obsessing over beauty products, she likes eating cupcakes, reading horror / thriller books, online shopping and sipping on a cup of good coffee.

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  1. Sam

    Love it…I’m a newbie to the world of nail art and this steps in this article are easy to follow.

    2 years ago •

  1. Katie M Davies

    Great tutorial, also what’s really fun for nail art – those long (striping brushes I think) nail polish brushes, you can buy them at clicks (on the box it says nail art)

    2 years ago •

  1. Valentina Li

    Summer month is here a lot of females will want to do their nails to suit the season. But why pay anyone to do your nails when you can do it yourself at home, all you need is your desire nail polish colour, then if you really want to decorate your nails then all you need is nail tools such as dotting tools and a nail stamp .And you done, often diy nails will look more classy than those did at a beautician.

    2 years ago •

  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    Wow this is very creative and the purple shade is to die for!

    2 years ago •

  1. Marelke

    So pretty! Definitely want to try it out!

    2 years ago •

  1. S.p

    easy & simply nail art :), will make any putfit pop

    2 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    So pretty love the glitter shadow used there

    2 years ago •

  1. Joey

    So pretty and easy, love the colour combo!

    2 years ago •

  1. natasha.minderon@gmail.com

    Definitely going to try this!

    2 years ago •

  1. Iman Coovadia

    i loved this tutorial, simple but effective!

    2 years ago •

  1. Chantelle Thompson

    Gorgeous, loving the play date shade

    2 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    I have never used a base coat before. Will definitely purchase one know.

    2 years ago •

  1. Olivia Howarth

    Love the idea of the tape and the colours are amazing! Love it.

    2 years ago •

  1. Rivania Pillay

    I love this quick and easy nail design, thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    WOW amazing. love the lilac cool summer colour

    2 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    Beautifully done, love those colors together!

    2 years ago •

  1. Salome Bothma Bothma

    Great idea to place the tape on the back of your hand to make it less sticky.

    2 years ago •

  1. Esté Smit

    This looks so cute. Will definitely give it a try.

    2 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    This is awesome. Essie and this practice is for me.

    2 years ago •

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