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Sunday, December 16, 2012

How-To: Semi Festive Lace Nail Art

Hi! Today I decided to do a nail art design inspired by lace doilies, but with a slight holiday feel to them. Although super festive, glitterbomb nail art is fun and appropriate for the season, I've been getting a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of it floating around the internet. So without further ado, here's a step-by-step guide that will show you how to create this subtly Christmas-y, elegant design.

Step 1.) Apply a base coat to prevent your nails from staining, and then paint them light green and white, alternating fingers as you go.

* Excuse my ridiculously dry cuticles! I'm currently trying out this new cuticle oil (review coming soon, perhaps) so they should be significantly less scabby by next week.
Step 2.) Carefully paint the lace pattern
Row 1: With a white striper (or white polish on a nail art brush) make a slightly curved line 1/4 of the way down the nail. This looks the best when the line mimics the natural curve of the nail bed. Next, fill in the space and correct the curve of the line. After you've done this, paint another thin white curve below the previous one.
Row 2: With the same striper, start creating a zigzag pattern by slanting the brush to the right and dragging the line upwards. Repeat this motion in the opposite direction to complete the peak of your triangle. Finish up this section by painting as many equally sized triangles as you can fit.
Row 3: Next, grab a small dotting tool (or toothpick) and dip it into white polish. While resting your forearm on a flat surface, lightly dab on little semi-circles underneath the zigzags. Use a stippling motion with your dotting tool to have better control over the shape of your loops. Finally, continue to make loops across the width of the nail.
FRIENDLY WARNING: Do not  attempt this nail art if you've just had a cup of coffee! I figured that out the hard way when it took me forever to stabilize my shaky caffeine hands!
Step 3: On your white nails, use the green polish and a nail art brush to repeat step two.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find my nail art brush, so I had to attempt this with a dotting tool. That said, using only a dotting tool is certainly possible, but it's a lot more difficult.  
Step 4: Seal with a topcoat to prolong the life of your nail art.
Products Used:

L to R: Essie "Blanc", Illamasqua "Milf", and Kiss Nail Art Paint in white.

Topcoat: Seche Vite, Base coat: Nail Tek Foundation II
I hope you guys try this out; good luck! 

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