My Nails are my Canvas
I initially got into nail art in high school. As a kid my mom would take me with her when she got her nails done and I would always get a little manicure. The woman my mom went to was named Sara, and she would always do fun and creative designs. Her signature design was a marble pattern made with a toothpick. Once I was old enough to take myself I would go every two weeks to get my acrylics filled and get some crazy colors and nail art.
In college, restricted by budget I began practicing at home manicures and faced the challenge of painting my dominant hand. It took a lot of trial and error to get to an okay result.
Tip: do not paint your nails right before bed or before doing the dishes!
Nails by Mia Rubia
I made my way back to professional nail art when I was planning my wedding. I wanted to get my nails done special for the day. I met Mia Rubie and never looked back! Mia did my nails for my wedding and it was love at first manicure. I enjoy going to her with crazy ideas and watching her figure out what I meant and make it come to life better than I could imagine.
I’ve learned some basic techniques over the years by watching the pros. I am excited to share them with you!
Gather Your Materials
- Nail Polish - a color for the base, a couple colors for the design and a clear top coat. I am using Palate Polish!
- A piece of tin foil to work from when creating your design
- A ball stylus tool (if you don't have one of these you can use stuff around the house; a toothpick, a bobby pin with rubber nubs or a ballpoint pen!)
- Optional: nail polish remover pen and Dip + Twist nail polish remover (life changing)
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At home manicure tips
Before you start painting make sure your nails are dry and have no oil on them. Wipe them down with alcohol or nail polish remover so the polish can set properly.
When you are using regular nail polish, it takes a while to dry. Make sure you leave enough time for your nails to dry completely before you move on to something else. I like to do my nails while I am watching a movie. That way I can take my time and not rush the process.
I let my nails dry for several hours before I add my top coat.
*Pro Tip: add a couple of top coat layers to help the manicure last longer!
Design One: Simple Daisy
Now that you have your base coat painted and dried lets get on to the fun stuff!
For this design we are going to make a five petal daisy.
When doing a repeat pattern, a good rule of thumb is to use a half drop repeat method. For our daisy pattern, that means you do one daisy and then in the next row move over half way down aligned with the bottom of your first daisy (they should be on a horizontal line).
To make a pattern look more natural, try painting half flowers over the edge of the nail. This makes the pattern appear like it continues on.
Design Two: Leopard Print
I like to look at a picture of a leopard to help out with this one.
Choose two colors for your leopard print. The first color can be any color of your choice, the second must be black.
Revel in the beauty of your nails!
Written by: Sarah Ogden
Sarah is the Brand and Store Manager of Jenny Lemons. She is a lover of all things cute and is the maker of SMO Ceramics