Chic At Home

The Art of DIY Nails: Pro-Looking Manis


Nails have always been a beauty focal point, with nail art providing unlimited opportunities for self-expression. In this third segment of our nail-care series, makeup artist Jean Tsourvakas (@the_jen_of_all_trades), of Parlour 3, shares four of her stunning designs, as well as simple instructions on how to master these looks at home. Brighten up your day by trying one—or more—of these four designs today. 

The Virtual Bouquet and Popping Bubbly manicures complement the pink tones featured in our latest collection, while the neutral, go-with-everything Wild at Heart and Simple & Chic options bring sophisticated style to even a tee shirt and jeans.

THE WILD AT HEART MANI

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White or another light-colored base coat
  • Black polish
  • Metallic gold, silver, or rose-gold polish
  • Toothpicks, straight pin, or bobby pin

Step 1: Paint nails with white base coat and allow to dry. Using metallic polish and the application tool of your choice, add several irregular-shaped dots to each nail and allow to dry.

Step 2: Using black polish and application tool, create “C” shapes around dots and within open spaces on each nail. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Apply top coat to nails and allow to dry.

THE VIRTUAL BOUQUET MANI

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nude base coat
  • White polish (for center of flowers)
  • Pink polish (for flower petals
  • Toothpick, straight pin, or bobby pin
  • Nail top coat

Step 1: Paint nails with nude base coat and allow to dry.

Step 2: Using white polish and the application tool of your choice, paint three small dots on each nail. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Using pink polish and application tool, surround each white dot with five to six dots to form “petals.” Allow to dry.

Step 4: Apply top coat to nails and allow to dry.

THE POPPING BUBBLY MANI

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Light pink base coat
  • White polish
  • 2 additional shades of pink polish
  • Metallic gold polish
  • Toothpick, straight pin, or bobby pin
  • Nail top coat

Step 1: Paint nails light pink and allow to dry. Using white polish and the application tool of your choice, create a thin “C” shape in the center of each nail and allow to dry.

Step 2: Using pink, white, and metallic polish and application tool, paint three small dots on each nail. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Once original dots have dried, use all colors of polish and application tool to create additional dots for a layered effect. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Apply top coat to nails and allow to dry.

THE SIMPLE & CHIC MANI

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nude base coat
  • White Polish
  • Toothpick, straight pin, or bobby pin
  • Nail top coat

Step 1: Paint nails with nude base coat and allow to dry.

Step 2: Using white polish and the application tool of your choice, create three dots in a vertical line on each nail. (If you wish, use application tool to extend polish out in a flourish from top dot.) Allow to dry.

Step 3: Apply top coat to nails and allow to dry.

You May Also Like