Posts Tagged ‘spring nails’




If there are two things we love around here it’s bright colors and a partially bare mani. Negative space manicures like this one are so fun and give you a chance to play around with multiple colors instead of committing to just one. For this particular pairing, we used the two shades of bougainvillea we usually see. One is an orange-y hot pink and the other one is more of a purple/pink/fuchsia situation. For the hot pink shade we chose DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET and for the more purple shade we worked with BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

Some other favorite options for the perfect pink are…

And for a more purple/fuchsia color, try the one listed above or one of these…

Here’s how it was done…

mani bouganvillia the beauty dept

  1. Grab a roll of WASHI TAPE and cut small strips to go across your nails horizontally.
  2. Make sure you really press them down well so polish doesn’t seep underneath them, messing up your line.
  3. Use your first color (we went with hot pink near the tips and purple at the base) and paint the portion closest to the tip of the nail.
  4. Next use your purple to paint the section closest to your cuticle. We only used one coat of each color and it seemed to be enough but you may need two. NOTE: work quickly as you don’t want the polish to harden to the tape and make it hard to pull up.
  5. Use tweezers to gently pull back the strips of washi tape.

bougainvillea mani the beauty dept 2 socail


And then next we obviously need to discuss big ass braids…


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.