3 Step Tuesday Nail Art – January 12 2016

3 Step Tuesday Nail Art – January 12 2016

I had something completely different in the works, but ended up changing it last minute. I debated doing this, because inevitably there is always someone out there that will chastise my decision. But, I decided that in the end my reaction to a death, celebrity or no, is MY choice. Did I know David Bowie personally? No. Did I consider him a friend or a family member? Again,  no. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t recognize what the world has lost, and what his family has lost. I’ve made personal connections with his music, his lyrics. In a way, I did feel I knew him, at least a little bit, due to his music, his weirdness, and the passion he had for creating. Some people have a deeper connection to his music than I do, so I can understand why they feel this loss a bit deeper. Death is an inevitable consequence of living and grief, in whatever way you choose to feel it, is a part of this journey.



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1) Sugar Cube by Salon Perfect (nabbed it at Wal-Mart-it’s a good nearly one coat white!)

2) Konad Black stamping polish – got this on Amazon

3) Mash plate 36 that has the star. Literally, the ONLY star I could find in my stash that looked remotely like I wanted!




Layer the base of white. I HATE stark white bases. As soon as a minuscule amount touches your cuticles, BAM, looks like you have wicked dry skin. Well, I do, because it’s -6 in MN and I have dry skin up the wazoo so I don’t need a white base to help out with that. Also, I have flashbacks of being in middle school and using white out for polish. Geugh. Also, the elusive thumb comes out to play! I keep my thumbnails pointed because they’re useful, also if I get attacked they will be easier to dig in to the attackers eyeballs. FYI.

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This picture is technically two steps in one because I wanted to show you the final look all on it’s own..so this is like step two and two and a half! I debated on what method I wanted to use to create the star pieces, and ended up using skinny vinyls to block out how I wanted them to look. I stamped the star and left it on the stamper and filled in the empty spots. Wait for it to dry, then topcoat it to make a decal! Next, fill in the spaces of the star pieces with the Konad Black and a small nail art brush.

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Remove the vinyls after applying the black so you don’t get feathers of polish (like you can kind of see on my thumb – I waited too long). Then, topcoat and you’re done! I like the minimalist look of it, and if you haven’t bought Blackstar you should. It’s basically his goodbye to us.

So, there ya have it! What do you think of this 3 step Tuesday Nail art tutorial? Let me know in the comments! <3

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

  • Very nice! I love the crisp look you were able to achieve. Also, I too remember using white out for white nails in middle school – I have to just shake my head at myself.

    • Thank you! Right?? And it was so chunky…and gross. Ugh. Middle school.

  • This is very impressive…and a very nice tribute 🙂

    I’m excited to see what you do with 3 Step Tuesdays in upcoming weeks!

  • Jenny Phillips

    Maaaaaybe it’s because I just got back from ComiCon, but I totally see a Storm Trooper and Star Trek on your middle and ring, respectively 😉

  • Lacqueredmama

    Ooh I love these!

  • Stacie Wacie

    I was actually thinking about trying this myself, but I had no idea how to go about it. You got it exactly the way I imagined it! I’m so glad you posted this, you did it way more justice than I could.

    • Thank you so much! I debated on a few variations but felt this would give me the look I wanted

  • Nichole C

    its awesome, ofc.

  • Nik

    I love that! Great tribute, for sure!

  • The Mani Café

    great mani!

  • This man is great! Easily recognizable and striking.

    And who the hell would give you grief about doing a tribute mani? Someone needs a smackdown.

  • marciaf

    Nail art amazes me and doing one in tribute to David Bowie is even more amazing.

  • Sloppy Swatches

    Beautiful tribute, and very fitting. You did a great job!

  • Lovely mani.

  • Ann

    Oh how cool! And so easy too!

  • Tracey

    Stunning and a great tribute x

  • Melissa

    This is awesome. And I saw yesterday on Twitter something that just spoke to me – (I’m paraphrasing here) – We don’t mourn celebrities because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves better. <3

  • Gorgeous mani and a lovely tribute.

  • Such a thoughtful tribute, I got a lump in my throat just reading what you wrote. The mani is beautifully done – you made the right decision. 😉

  • Naked Without Polish

    Beautifully done! I’m not going to say too much or I’ll start crying again. Top that off with Alan Rickman dying today and I’ll be holed up in a dark corning rocking in the fetal position sobbing for days. Not a good week. But your nails are gorgeous!

  • *sob* this is lovely. What a shitty week.

    The attack mode thumb is straight up sensible though.

  • I love tribute manis and this is beautifully done!

  • Awesome tribute!!

  • This is a really fantastic tribute!

  • Ciffa1976

    Wow!!! ????