Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

NAILED IT!

I’ve always loved the artwork below and I finally figured out a way to get a similar look in a mani. It’s different than a regular chevron pattern because it’s slightly more abstract and free-handed. I love the way one color runs over into the next one.

You have to find the right pens- some that run/smear as you slowly apply a topcoat, and others that stay put. Through trial + error, I found that these ones that worked best together:

Whatever colors your choose to use, I suggest putting a white zigzag below a darker zigzag. That way you can really see it when it smears over the white.

The steps to this are pretty simple:

Start by prepping your nails with a bright color as a base– try hot pink, coral or green. I used THIS ONE. You don’t want to do this on bare nails because it could stain. I waited about 2 hours for the green to really harden so that there wouldn’t be any “sticking” when I was using the pens. If you have time to let the color dry over night that’s even better!

  1. Using your Ultra-Fine tip Sharpie, make a zigzag pattern horizontally. You don’t want it to be overly pattern-y. Might sound silly but I tried thinking of an electrocardiogram pattern from when a doctor is looking at your heartbeat.
  2. Follow the ultra-fine pen with your Sally Hansen nail art pen.
  3. Next use your gold metallic Sharpie in between.
  4. Last, take your topcoat and slowly add a layer. The lines will smudge into each other creating the look. Wait for that first topcoat to dry entirely before adding another if desired. You’ll want to wipe off your topcoat brush each time as it will get a little color on it. I used polish remover and a paper towel.

If you want to see a short video clip on running the topcoat over, you can see it on our Vine! We’re “The Beauty Department”.

By the way, if anyone knows the name of the artist who made that image above, I would love to know so I can credit them! xo

UPDATE: Artwork is by the insanely talented Jennifer Moreman.

NAILED IT!

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess (wood floor insert photo from remodelista.com)

You gotta love those magical moments when you’re just minding your own bizz and inspiration jumps out and smacks you right between the eyes. Not long ago I was looking through floor patterns for a home project. My favorite pattern in the world is called the “herringbone pattern”. While I’m speaking to this flooring guy, all I could think about is making this pattern into a manicure. As he started demonstrating the way it gets laid down, I only saw colorfully painted nail strips. Sorry dude. Eventually I snapped back into floor mode, but it makes me remember that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time and you have to be open-minded to it! Here we go… (more…)

NAILED IT!

photos + post by Kristin Ess

Sometimes you’ve gotta get a little country! Nothing screams sweet southern style more than gingham, so let’s make that into a mani, shall we?!

  1. Start by painting the nails white.
  2. Using the DIY sticker method we showed you a couple weeks ago, paint blue, pink, green or whatever color you love on a piece of tape. Wait for it to dry and cut it into thin strips. You’ll need 6-10 strips per finger.
  3. Lay 3-5 strips horizontally on the nail.
  4. Then lay the other 3-5 strips vertically.
  5. Trim the excess with cuticle nippers. (I decided to add one more blue strip at the tip of the nail at this point because I thought it looked better with blue at the top!)
  6. Apply a quick drying top coat to seal your gingham pattern.

You can do all your nails or just one. I didn’t want an overwhelming sense of this pretty lil’ pattern, so I just stuck to one.

MANI MONDAY


photos and posts by Kristin Ess

Let’s discuss the “accent nail”. It’s fun (and a lot easier) to do nail art on just one nail, but it can be hard to come up with a pattern idea. Here’s a suggestion: take a peek in your closet! Look at your favorite shirts, skirts and dresses for inspiration. When our recent STYLEMINT tops came in the mail and we opened the box, we noticed the patterns + colors were perfection. Doing every nail can be a bit much so we took the pretty patterns and came up with some custom accent nail looks. Here we go…

RED POLKA DOT MANI INSPIRED BY THE CHARLTON T:

  • Paint the whole nail white. Once it dries completely (I suggest leaving it to dry over night), use scotch tape to section off diagonally. Paint the side closest to the tip of your finger with a rich red.
  • Dip your dotting tool in red polish.
  • Dot the white using the red polish.

Note: You can also use the white polish to make dots on the red if you want to go opposite.

MULTI-STRIPE INSPIRED BY THE MADISON T:

  • Gather some different sized art brushes. They often come in packs or you can gather old makeup brushes that you don’t use anymore.
  • Paint the base of the nail white then make some small polish puddles with the colors in your shirt.
  • Use scoth tape to section off different stripes. If you’re really good, you can probably freehand, otherwise use tape! Dip different brushes and drag across the nail to make various sized stripes!

FINE STRIPE INSPIRED BY THE ARDEN PULLOVER:

  • Paint the base of your nail blue.
  • Dip a nail striping brush in white polish.
  • Lightly drag across the surface of the nail.

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