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Feminspire | April 17, 2014

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Nail Friday: Inspired by The Dainty Squid

Nail Friday: Inspired by The Dainty Squid

As I’ve been trying to tell you guys over and over again (and not very subtly, mind you), I’m running out of freaking ideas for what to paint on my nails. So when Kaylah of The Dainty Squid posted the amazing nails above, I knew I just had to try them out. Kaylah was my inspiration for getting the guide stickers I usually use in these tutorials so it also sort of just felt right to dedicate at least one Nail Friday to her and her amazing nail designs. Here’s what you’ll need for this tutorial:

That’s a base and top coat, an orange polish, a red polish, and the deep-v nail sticker (or you can use tape!). Start with your base coat (which gives my nails jaundice) and then once that dries, place your sticker a little over halfway down the nail. This is to block off the area that you want to paint orange.

Take your orange polish and paint from the edge of the sticker to the tip of your nail. The tip doesn’t have to be perfect since your red polish will cover it anyway. After about three minutes of drying time, pull the stickers off.

I put on a coat of Seche Vite in between the last step and this next step because I’m super impatient but you can also just wait for the orange color to dry like a normal adult. Using your guide stickers again, outline another area (on top of the orange) that’s even closer to the tip. You will paint this section with your red polish and, again, wait about three minutes for it to dry before pulling your sticker off.

Wait another seven minutes (so you don’t streak the colors) and then seal everything in with your top coat.

If I had a higher quality camera, longer nails, and perfectly-groomed cuticles, mine would look just as good as hers. For realz.

Comment below with other nail blogs you follow, questions, and sexy pictures of Jim Sturgess.

Written by Taylor Blakin
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