You may have noticed that here at Birchbox, we have a deep, abiding love for all things nails. Which is why nail artist extraordinaire Taryn Multack, a.k.a Miss Ladyfinger, is a great fit as this week’s guest blogger. Multack, who’s spent time working at fashion staples like Oscar de la Renta and W Magazine, uses trends and looks straight from the runway to create gorgeous, imaginative designs for her digits. The most impressive part? She does all of her art while keeping a day job in the fashion world. This week, she teaches us how to make our nails just as fabulous as hers.
Prada’s killer bold stripey collection from last spring reminded us that stripes never look boring, and never go out of style. Stripes are a foolproof way to ease into nail art. You can change the scale, change the color, change direction — so the options are endless. If you’ve had one too many coffees or you just can’t draw a straight line, there’s an easy answer: tape.
For this intermediate tutorial, I was inspired by Rodarte’s spring 2012 collection. Rodarte is, absolutely, one of my favorite labels. The Mulleavy sisters always design a breathtakingly poetic collection (I’m still not over the hair and makeup from the fall collection, btw). This spring, they were inspired by Van Gogh, and while most of the collection consisted of painted party dresses, there were a couple of quirky striped sweaters in the mix, too. To recreate one of those styles, I used Scotch tape, Papaya Punch by China Glaze, Lapiz of Luxury by Essie, and True Blue Instant Artist by Orly.
Click through for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this yourself.
1. Apply a small amount of tape to the halfway point of your nail.
2. Paint two coats of orange over the bottom half of your nail.
3. Once completely dry, pull the tape off quickly towards you. After removing the tape, the double-layered polish should give you parameters.
4. Next, paint the top half of your nail with light blue and extend the color until it touches the orange.
5. Wait for the light blue to dry, then use a dark navy nail art brush to draw a line over where the colors meet. (This also gives you the opportunity to cover any mistakes.)
6. Paint a slightly thicker line along the very tip of your nail.
7. Finish with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, and you’re done!
Not quite ready for stripes but want a new look? Try this wintry hue from Deborah Lippmann instead.