by Michelle Hockenbrocht
There are so many summer nail trends out there. After looking at hundreds of DIY nail art pictures, I am always motivated to give a few styles a try. The problem is that I do not have the steadiest hands and I’m not very patient when it comes to letting my nails dry. I’ve come close to giving up after many failed attempts after trying my own “at-home” nail art tricks. Until now that is! Here is a VERY simple nail art design that is easy and doesn’t require anything but nail polish and tape! Let’s get started...
Step 1: Begin with clean nails. Make sure all previous polish is completely off and that your hands are clean. This is important because if there is any dirt or oil on your nails your manicure won’t last as long!
Step 2: Apply a base coat to each nail. Let dry for about 3 minutes. We don’t want the base coat to mix with the first layer of nail polish.
Step 3: Apply any nail color that you like. My current favorite is Essie’s Fiji nail polish (http://www.essie.com/search.aspx?q=fiji). Let the first coat dry for about 2 minutes.
Step 4: Apply a second coat of your nail color. This will make the nail color opaque, but not too thick. Let dry for about 2 minutes.
Step 5: Apply your favorite topcoat. My favorite is the Insta-Dri Top Coat by Sally Hanson (http://www.sallyhansen.com/nails/nail-care/base-top-coat/insta-dri-top-coat). It dries really fast and makes your nails glossy. I waited about 2 hours before starting Step 6 just to make sure that my nails were completely dry.
Step 6: Put two pieces of tape in a triangular shape on your nail. Make sure that the tape is really sticking to your nail. I chose my ring finger, but any nail will work!
Step 7: Apply a thin coat of a different nail color in the triangle. I picked Essie’s Penny Talk (http://www.essie.com/Effects/mirror-metallics/penny-talk.aspx). Wait about 10 minutes for the nail to completely dry.
Step 8: Carefully remove the tape from your nail starting from the outside of your nail and going inward towards the center.
Step 9: Apply topcoat once more to the nails with the triangles to make sure that the design won’t chip!
Step 10: Take a look at your summer-inspired nails and post a picture of your design with #marketcolors!