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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Plaid Nails

I got a whole lot of minis in from Copious this week (click here to get a $10 credit for signing up). Looking at them all, I didn't know what kind of manicure I wanted to do or even where to start. My 4 year old son has taken an interest in my manicures, as you can tell from my Lucky 13 Pride review, so I looked to him for inspiration.

He wanted me to paint green apples with yellow frosting on them. While that may be adorable, I decided to keep the colors but throw out the design. I went to Google for more ideas. I just searched nail tutorials and played "follow the link" until I found one I liked. I found this St. Patrick's Day Plaid tutorial from Steph's Closet and thought it would be perfect!


And here is my right hand too because I'm super proud of how straight I got the lines with my left hand!



I used two coats of Wet & Wild 449C (white) as a base. Then I painted two very thin layers of Finger Paints Art Nouv-Yellow in a wide off-center stripe. While that dried, I painted the vertical lines with a striping brush using an unnamed light green LA Colors Color Craze mini from a collection of 10 that had recently arrived. (I searched and couldn't find what the colors in the collection are called. If you know, please tell me in the comments!) I followed that with the horizontal stripes in the same color and added a layer of topcoat. 


It goes really well with my new flat-tip/square-tip nails. I have to mention I've never willingly gotten this shape of nail before. When someone at the nail parlor would shape them this way in the past when I got my nails done for special occasions, I'd remove the polish whenever I got home and refile them to an oval. But I thought I'd try something new. They took forever for me to cut and file, but I think they're growing on me.


This has got to be the most adorable manicure I've done so far. What do you think?

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    1. Thank you, Unknown! (I don't know why that tickles me, but it does!)

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