How To: Festive Nails

posted on: Monday, December 20

I am one of those girls who always has her nails painted and frequently let them chip away before reapplying or getting them done again. One of the perks of living in NYC however, is that there are nail salons on every other block with $10 manicures! But, I also enjoy painting them myself and have a growing selection of fun colors to choose from. My newest obsession is the nail art pen by Sally Hansen. Follow these 4 easy steps to get fun and festive nails:

  • Paint one to two layers of a base color on your nails. {I chose Essie's 'show me the ring' as my base color.}
  • Let the base color dry well for a good half hour or so then paint {or have a friend help paint} stripes on each nail using a nail art pen. {I used Sally Hansen red.} 
  • Paint a final top coat to seal. I went with an extra coat of my base color, which is a very opaque shade and gave my top coat a nice shimmer.
  • Finally, use a q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean up the edges and let dry.


You can also use a fun and bright color as your base coat. I did a trial run with Essie's Turks and Caicos and it was super cute. And, of course feel free to get creative with the nail art pen with polka dots, stars, or other designs. Enjoy!

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