Friday, November 28, 2014

Essie: Head Mistress

One of my best friends & mentors from when I lived in Nashville is a nail artist pro. She sent me a picture of her nails with this design, and I loved it so much that I had to try it myself. While it is a bit more time consuming than the usual at home mani, it's still quite easy to do:

Step 1: Use tape and a pair of scissors to create the triangles. Blue painters tape works great, but masking tape will also do. Scotch tape seems to have more seepage than the other two, but it's still an option. Try your best to make the angles similar to each other, but you can make them smaller or larger depending on your nail shape. Apply the tape so that the triangle covers 2/3 of the nail.
Step 2: Once all of the nails have been taped, apply a bottom coat on your nail, right on top of the tape. Let dry. This helps to create a barrier between the tape and the color, so it won't bleed through as much.
Step 3: Apply two coats of nail color, again right on top of the tape. Allow it to dry for a minute in between the two coats.
Step 4: Before the paint on the second coat is completely dry, carefully peel off the tape.
Step 5: My nails always look messy at this point, so don't fret if you don't have straight lines. I use some q-tips (these pointed ones are great) dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the triangle.
Step 6: Apply a quick drying top coat and allow them to finish drying.

Mine aren't 100% perfect, but they do look great from afar. It's fun to mix it up every now and then!
P.S. A big thanks to my darling mom for taking this picture for me while I was home last weekend. xx

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