the nail files: because bailey told me to do it

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It's been a while since I've done nail art. Not glitter tips, or gradients, but straight up nail art. So, it was excellent timing when Bailey tweeted me with a look from the amazing nailasaurus


*bangs gong*

What I used:

The mani!
Outside, no flash.

I started with two coats of Margritte's Masterpiece and Lilou. When that was totally dry, I got out my weirdly-long striping brush. It's so long, in fact, that it needs its own case because it doesn't fit in with the rest of my brushes--an outcast, if you will. Ha! However, it's THE brush you want to use for lines like this. I swear that once you get the hang of it, it works really well at getting a straight line. So, uh, get one, okay? Also, ignore that REALLY jagged line in the middle of my thumb. I didn't notice its badness until right now. *headdesk*

Okay, so after it was totally dry, I used the Outcast Brush to make a bunch of stripes with Turned Up Turquoise. Isn't it funny how the colour looks different on the blue and yellow? Crazy! Anyway, you're going to want to paint right down to your cuticle to get a "square" looking base. If you stop before your cuticle, you'll get curved bottoms to your lines, which doesn't have the same vibe, ya know? I used the same technique with Paper Mache and Sparkle and Snowflake. And finished it all off by cleaning my cuticles with a much shorter brush and some acetone. 

I have to say that the nailasaurus is the total bomb-dot-com when it comes to nail inspiration. Thanks so much to Bailey for this challenge! (Even though I'm pretty sure that she was just being nice and it wasn't actually a challenge. I'm not competitive, I swear. Okay, okay, maybe I'm a little competitive. Haha!)

Hope you all have an awesome weekend! Spring is here (apparently) so get outside and enjoy!! VITAMIN D FOR EVERYONE! And, as usual, be sure to link up and show off your pretties!


  1. Wow, what an awesome mani Jennie!! Your lines came out perfectly. I recently got one of the long striping brushes, but am still perfecting my use of it. lol
    Happy Spring!! XO

  2. Great job! lol love that you took on the challenge :)

  3. Hahah, well it's already an exciting post for me when my name is right in the title haha! I couldn't wait to scroll down to see what you'd come up with! Also, um, *bangs gong* literally made me laugh out loud. (I'm still laughing actually) I loooove your interpretation of this! The colors you used are sooo prettttty together!


  4. Love your mani. Once work slows down, I've gotta try something a little fancier or cuter again! Thanks for the link :)

  5. Oh. My freaking GOSH! This is so amazing!! Look at you you little rock star you!!! Happy Weekend!

  6. Bailey DOES have the best ideas. ;)
    I love those....they remind me of beams of light filtering through stained glass windows. Or something. Yay!

  7. Such a pretty design and color scheme!

  8. Oh my gosh! I love it! Your nails always look so pretty. Great colors & designs too! Thanks for hosting the link up.

    Lillies & Silk


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