By Sheila Arkee
When it comes to strengths, maintaining my nails is definitely not high on the list. For a long time I was highly intimidated by the polishing process, with a chip or smudge practically guaranteed upon every fresh application. So, I stuck to my tried and trues – a baby pink, a dark eggplant, occasionally a glitter overcoat. And then Pinterest came along.
With tutorials and inspiration photos galore, the barrier between me and fancy nails is starting to evaporate. Hey, I say to my self, you can do this, too! I mean, hello, paper reinforcers as a guide for french tips? Genius! I can do this! Yes, I can! (Someone watches too much Bob the Builder around here.)
My previous attempts at nail art haven’t been so successful, but when I picked up this amazing green holo by Milani last week, it gave me the idea to attempt watermelon nails. So, armed with office supplies and a whole lotta confidence, I got to painting.
Here’s what I used:
- A base and top coat.
- A bobby pin, to make dots. (Notice spilled polish on my hand? Sign of a true nail klutz.)
- Paper reinforcers
Step 1: Paint your nails with a pink base and allow to dry for about 5 minutes. Place a reinforcer at the top of your nail, leaving an edge to paint the tip.
Step 2: Put some black polish in a small container and use the end of a bobby pin to create seeds. I used the top of a water bottle and my seeds look more like dots, but hey, that’s a work in progress.
Step 3: Let your nails dry for about 5 minutes, add top coat, and you’re set!
I am so excited about my watermelon nails! This is the power of technology – I am empowered with knowledge and no longer fearful. My application may not be the greatest, but practice makes perfect, after all!
Do you have some fun nail art tricks?