3 Step Tuesday Nail Art – January 5 2016

3 Step Tuesday Nail Art – January 5 2016

Yes, I wrote 2015 at first…it always takes me a while to get into the swing of the new year! This year I decided I wanted to do more ‘themes’ on my blog, but I want to make sure I actually follow through with one before I incorporate more so here is my first brainchild! I don’t know about you, but I collect nail art supplies like they’re going out of style. I get inspired by seeing all the beautiful manis and looks, so I go buy things to recreate the looks…and end up not using them. I LOVE nail art but, I’m lazy. I get distracted. I like having a unique look that doesn’t take me very long to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time doing an intricate nail art look, but since I started working full time I don’t have that kind of time anymore. On the weekends I like to enjoy my free time. So, this happened.

Nail art in three steps.

That’s right, three simple, not overly difficult steps. Yes, there is some investment involved but like I said before, if you’re like me you probably have some or most of these things about in your nail stash. Or, maybe its been something you’ve wanted to try out! I will be showcasing these looks every Tuesday, and if I get real ambitious I’ll probably start doing a YouTube tutorial (like I said, I’m laaaazy).

Anyway, let’s get to it!

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1.) Zoya Nail Polish in Josie

2.) China Glaze Nail Polish in New Birth (can be found on Amazon or Possibly Sallys)

3.) Color Club Nail Lacquer in Sidewalk Psychic

4.) Baroness X Matte Cuticle Balm

5.) KBShimmer Water Decal in Sage Floral

Obviously you could use any combination of the above, this is just what I used. I’ve fallen in LOVE with Baroness X matte cuticle balm, my cuticles have shriveled up with the cold weather but this balm makes them soft and manageable and not greasy looking. Also, dat Color Club holo cap, tho.

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Get your base coats ready! Zoya is pretty pigmented, so I had near coverage with one coat of Josie. I did two out of habit, and two coats of China Glaze a New Birth on my middle finger. Let dry, don’t worry about topcoat at this point.

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Time to decal! I trimmed off a rectangle of decal that I wanted, then entirely submerged the decal and let it sit for about a minute. Honestly, it might have been longer because I was playing video games…but the point is you want to visibly see the decal coming off the paper backing. I used tweezers to scoop it out of the water, then lightly ran it along a paper towel to get some excess water off.

Now, some people like to have a stickier base, or put down a layer of top coat before they place the decal. I don’t do this. If you leave a bit of water on the decal, or get your nail slightly damp (for example, lick a finger and dab it on your nail) it’s easy to maneuver and place without getting pockets of bubbles from the top coat or polish. As you can see in the photo there is a slight wrinkle in the decal, but it’s easy to smooth that out with adjustments.

Once you have the decal in place, carefully trim or use a clean up brush dipped in acetone or remover to get rid of the excess.

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Dot it UP! I used a medium sized dotting tool from a pack I got on Amazon with the Color Club Sidewalk Psychic to get this look. I tried to remain pretty uniform, so I started with the four dots up the middle of my nail and went from there.

Top coat, and you’re done!

And there you have it! I love creating these kinds of looks, simple, pretty, and easy to do. What do you guys think of my 3 Step Tuesday Nail Art debut post? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Amy L

    This is so pretty. I need to give water slides another try. I’m terrible at them.

  • Nichole C

    I really like how simple this is. And the green is a welcome pop of color.

  • I am totally guilty of hoarding nail art stuff and not having time to use it. My poison of choice is stamping stuff.

  • Melissa

    I also bu nail art supplies that I never, ever use!

  • Cute and simple is where it’s at! Brava!!! 🙂

  • lacquerexpression

    Love, love , love this!

  • Love this post! I am excited to see all the cute ideas you come up with each Tuesday. (Tuesdays are the best days for weekly themes!)

  • The waterdecall is super pretty ! Lovely mani !

  • Naked Without Polish

    I can’t stand water decals, but this one is actually super cute on you!

  • I love this look and can’t wait to see what you come up with next Tuesday!

  • Tracey

    I’ve used these exact water decals before and think they are so pretty. Your mani is stunning ♡

  • I have been dying to try out KB shimmer’s decals, they look so perfect!

  • Very pretty and love how you’ve shown step by step.