Category Archives: colorful

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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Stacked Ice Cream Cone Manicure

Oi! πŸ™‚ That’s Portuguese for hello, by the way!

So a few days ago, while contemplating delicious treats, I was suddenly inspired to create the ice cream cone manicure you see below. I’ve seen ice cream manicures a million times before, but wanted to do something a little different, so I created a stacked look. I thought the results were super sweet. I simply created the cone on my thumb by painting a light brown inverted triangle with darker brown criss cross marks. For the scoops I created a half circle and then used a dotting tool along the bottom edge. The cherry also required a dotting tool. Super easy!


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Strawberries & Gingham Manicure

I had a blast painting these cuties on my fingernails. I posted the picture on Reddit and someone asked how I created the gingham look. All I did was paint a solid pink base on the tip and then drew white lines to create a checker pattern. After the white dried, I used a dotting tool to put pink dots over the places where the white lines intersected. Super easy!


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Polaroid Nail Manicure

Hello! πŸ™‚ 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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Melting Manicure

I’ve seen a bajillion melting manicures lately and decided to do one of my own. I think I’ll keep it a few days. πŸ™‚

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Fishtail Nails

Hi all! πŸ™‚ This was my first attempt at creating fishtail nails and I’m loving how they turned out. PLUS — so easy to do!

To complete the look, I painted a base coat of purple. I then painted on a diagonal blue stripe starting at the top corner to the middle of the opposite side. Then I did the same with gold polish to create an x. From there I kept layering the purple, blue and gold back and forth.Seal with a top coat and you’re golden. The only pesky part is waiting for each layer to dry.


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Superman Nails

I wanted to do something colorful and cute, but not terribly complicated. I painted a blue, yellow and red stripe and then a small red square on each yellow stripe. I outlined the stripes/square with black polish to create the outfit portion of this superman inspired manicure. For the ring finger, I used a nude nail polish, painted the third top black and then created a swoop for Superman’s curly hair. Easy peasy!

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Pink/Purple Gradient with Leopard Accent

I’ve been wanting to try a gradient for a while now and finally got around to doing one today. It took me a while to choose the colors, but I was feeling colorful today and went with a purple and blue gradient. I added a holographic glitter topcoat and then did an accent finger with pink leopard spots. To create the gradient, I painted the purple and blue onto a dry makeup sponge and dabbed onto my nail. For the leopard spots, I used the round end of a straight pin to apply random pink dots to my ring finger. I used a wee paintbrush to apply the black over the pink dots.

Tip: Top coats are key for gradients, as they smooth things out and give that…well…gradient effect.

I used the following nail polishes to create the look:

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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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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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