Happy #ManiMonday! To celebrate, I’ve got 3 easy to do nail looks that anyone can wear this holiday season. I’ve broken them down into 3 categories. There’s a ‘no tools’ required, ‘home tools’ required, and ‘pro tools’ required. Those basically equate to ‘easy,’ ‘medium,’ and ‘hard,’ too.
I wanted the first design to be something that anyone can do with absolutely no tools. All you’ll need are the brushes in your bottles! These aren’t colors I’d normally reach for but Fall got the best of me, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone.
I started with applying the mustard yellow as my base. Then I used the moss green and painted about half way down my nail. After that dried, I took the gold glitter and painted down my nail again leaving just enough of the green to have a thin line. I swiped on a generous layer of quick dry topcoat and voilà!
The key to this design is painting the lighter shade first. That way, when you apply the second one it covers the first shade since it’s darker. Leave the glitter for last because if anything peeks through, it’s okay since it’s just a topper.
The idea behind “Home Tools” is that this design can be done using common household items. All I used for this nail art was a toothpick.
I started with a soft nude so that the red flowers would pop against it. I used my toothpick to dab on a red blob. Literally, just a blob. You can make them as big or as small as you’d like. The beauty of floral designs is that they don’t have to be perfect in shape. Then I dipped my toothpick in an orange polish and made a single polka dot in the middle. Again, super simple. The “hardest” part was making the leaves. With a green polish, I just drew a letter “V” on two sides of every flower. Boom. Done. A simple but fun spin on a classic nude!
Don’t let the title fool you, zero professionalism is required to achieve these. I promise! You will need more than the average household items, though. That’s where the “pro” comes in.
Pro tip: Choose a sparkly polish as your base. The more you have to start with, the less you have to add.
That was definitely the case with this mani. I started with a beautiful chocolate brown holo and found the perfect mocha creme to pair it with. I chose my favorite leaf image from the Autumn Tales stamping plate and stamped it on top. Then I sealed everything in with a QDTC and ta-da! Just like with the first mani, these aren’t really colors I’d normally wear but they’re fitting for the occasion.
The holidays are hectic enough without having to worry about when you’ll squeeze in a trip to the salon. No matter your level of experience, all of these designs can be done at home in little to no time. The less time you spend at a salon, the more time you have for the important things this Thanksgiving… like eating food. And drinking wine. Lots of food and wine. 😉 Another pro tip: Drink a glass while you wait for your nails to dry.
It doesn’t have to be a lot of work to take your mani up a notch. Go through your polishes and see what colors work best for you. Or tweak them to fit your level of experience. These are so easy to make your own and stun your friends and family while you’re at it.
Happy Thanksgiving! xo