September 7, 2012

Tutorial: Argyle Nail Art

I have had many requests for an argyle tutorial since I did my manicure inspired by my socks way back in March. You can see my original Argyle manicure Here. Today I am excited to finally show you that tutorial :) 

I organized my photos in a collage and below that you can read the 7 steps to a successful argyle mani.

Step 1. The supplies: You will need a base color, and one (or two in my case) colors for the triangles. And finally a contrast color for the thin stripes. 

Step 2. Base Coats: Paint your base coat as thin as possible (a 1-coat polish is best). For ease of taping, you can add one layer of a quick dry top coat (in my case, Seche Vite).

Step 3. Bottom Triangle First: Using scotch tape create the first triangle at the base of the nail.

Step 4. Remove the tape and add another layer of Seche Vite. 

Step 5. Using scotch tape again, create the triangle at the tip of the nail. Remove the tape. 

Step 6. With a nail art brush, use the contrast color to make two skinny lines from the base of the nail to the sides (ending mid way up the nail)

Step 7. Add two more lines, crossing at the sides of the nail and at the tip (try to center the lines at the tip - mine was a little to the side). Add a final coat (or two) of Seche Vite to finish it off! :) 

Use a quick dry top coat for a faster process.
Put layers of top coat in between taping to prevent the polish from peeling up with the tape.
Place the scotch tape on the back of your hand first to remove some of the stickiness before placing it on your nail.
BE PATIENT! Let layers of top coat dry before taping over top. 

If there is anything unclear please let me know and I can try to clarify

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)