Category Archives: advanced

Wizard of Oz Nails

Gingham + Red glitter makes for bright dorothy-inspired nails. I went for an abstract accent nail — it’s the yellow brick road surrounded by poppies with the Emerald Castle in the distance. Before cleanup — sorry it’s messy!




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Polaroid Nail Manicure

Hello! 🙂 I decided to try something I haven’t seen done before and am tickled by how cute it turned out. Behold: a polaroid camera manicure!


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Stormy lightning manicure

Reddit Lacquerista Geebsterlove provided a tutorial for lightening nails the other day after they become a big hit on the subreddit. I was excited to try the nails out myself and am happy with how they turned out. I think next time, though, I’d use a lighter blue and a punchier purple! 🙂

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Lichtenstein / Cartoon Inspired Nails

I’ve always been drawn to the cutesy Lichtenstein cartoons and just had to give it a whirl on my actual fingernails. For the tiny dots I actually use the tip of a pencil (constantly had to wipe the nail polish off). I even used the pencil, dipped in polish, to create the black lines. I find I have more control with a pencil than a striping tool, especially when I’m not making simple straight lines. I was pleased with the results.

Here’s the right hand:

I used the following nail polishes to create the look:

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Famous Painting Nails

I did this look last night and, needless to say, it took forever. This was my first attempt. I did not use a nail brush for these at all — they were created entirely with a few tiny paint brushes and index cards as my palette. I really like how they turned out.

Some additional shots and close ups of each finger:

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Water Marbling

This was my first attempt at water marbling, and I was pleased with the results. Don’t forget to apply a white base coat when water marbling — your colors will look super vibrant!

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Mondrian Inspired

I know Mondrian is known for his use of primary colors, but I decided to just let the famous painter inspire me — not copy him outright! 🙂 Anyway, I painted my nails a base gray and then applied striping tape in different shapes to all my nails. I filled in the sections with other colors, removed the striping tape and then re-applied new tape to create a cleaner-looking finish. Definitely need to use a top coat over striping tape, as it tends to shed in the shower.

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Galaxy Nails

This was my first attempt at galaxy nails. I painted them black and then used a paper towel to lightly sponge on various colors. I did a shimmer silver, a duotone blue/green and finished with a glitter polish.