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August 26, 2015

Nautical Mani

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Nautical Mani

Ahoy there! Show off your client’s patriotic side with this nautical-inspired mani from essie—perfect for Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4 and any day she wants to show off her U.S.A spirit. A stark white serves as the base layer, while red and navy shades are used to add asymmetrical detail. Michele Saunders, an L.A. based manicurist known for her for A-list celebrity following, breaks it down!

HOW-TO STEPS

  • 1

    Polish Colors
    blanc, clambake and midnight cami

  • 2

    Apply a coat of first base base coat, followed by two coats of blanc to all nails. For pinky nails, dip your bobby pin (or dotting tool) into midnight cami and create polka dots.

  • 3

    On the ring fingers apply two wide stripes with clambake.

  • 4

    On middle fingers apply midnight cami diagonally halfway down the nail.

  • 5

    On index fingers, draw a diagonal stripe with clambake and another going up creating a “V” shape on the right side of the nails. Once dry, add a vertical stripe of midnight cami to the left sides.

  • 6

    On thumbs, paint a coat of midnight cami, add white polka dots with blanc by dipping a bobby pin (or dotting tool) into the bottle. Seal the deal with a coat of good to go top coat.

  • 7

    Tips
    – You can use tape for perfectly straight lines.
    – If you use a bobby pin, slightly pull it apart, and use the longer end for easy dipping into polish.

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