Monday, December 6, 2010

Fashion & Beauty Ethos: DIY Black Tie Mani

Something about this mani reminds me of a woman's tuxedo. The black adds a bit of masculinity, while the lace pattern gives it a dainty feel. This took little-to-no time to complete [20 minutes to paint and design], and the design is very forgiving in case you happen to mess up a little bit. - I used a toothpick for the design because it is much easier to control versus those long, thin, nail art brushes. 

Tip: When making the diagonal stripe, start from the cuticle area, and drag the brush down in one stroke. Don't lift the brush off the nail until you reach the end. This helps you make a straight line.  

You Will Need:
Base Coat: I used Essie Base Coat
Mauve Base Color: I used O.P.I "Barefoot in Barcelona"
Black Accent Color: I used Rimmel "Black Satin"
Black Striping Color
White Striping Color
Top Coat
Apply base-coat; this is important when using black, as it helps prevent staining. 
Paint your nails with your base color, then draw a diagonal line with your black nail art polish
Fill in the lines with the black polish 
With a toothpick, make a half-circle near the base of the black polish
Make the tiny half circles all the way down the base of the black polish
This is what the finished lace pattern should look like
Using your toothpick and white nail art polish, add white dots near the base of each arc
Seep each nail with top coat and you're good to go!

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  1. this is super creative and really cute...I'll try this when i have the time in a couple of weeks

  2. girl Shut up! This is too cute. I only wish i could keep a steady hand to make those little swirls! haha

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  3. Pretty, but i wish i could figure a way to have my right hand looking as good as my left. Still might try it just for kicks

  4. SUPER CUTE! next time I paint my nails I'm going to try to make a design...if its a good one I'll post it on my blog. I'm inspired!

  5. this has to be one of my faves so far :)

  6. Love it! Be sure to enter Natural Living Guide's first giveway ladies!!!

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  7. CUTE! i'm not big on nail art but i wanna try this one

  8. i MUST try this next week.

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  10. I love it but I need someone else to do the other

  11. OMG I have got to give this a try... I love the little white dots they look like pearls too kute

  12. What top coat do you use. I hate doing designs on my nails and then it chips in like 2 days.

  13. you never cease to amaze me with all of the cute manicure ideas you come up with. i love your designs because they're always so funky, but totally wearable.



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