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Breaking Down Beauty: Nail Art For Novices

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.

Source: theberry.com via Szilvia on Pinterest


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:

– Three polishes: OPI Kiss My Two Lips, which met a tragic end during this tutorial, Milani Hi-Tech, and Milani Black Swift.

– 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?

  • http://beautyinfinitum.blogspot.com eight

    Awesome manicure and trick!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Thank you, Eight!

  • Patricia Casablanca

    Very cure & easy instructions to follow!