July 09, 2014

Triumphantly Teal Nails

Teal Nail Art

You are probably wondering why these nails are "triumphantly" teal.  Well, that's because these nails won a contest with InStyle Magazine!  For InStyle's April 2014 issue, they had a #sayitwithcolor contest where readers could submit pictures on Instagram showing how color inspires their wardrobe, look, and life.  Each week had a different color theme, and the senior marketing editor chose five winners for each color.  I entered this mani and won for the green week! #nailart

InStyle MagazineThis was the first nail related contest I'd won, so I was so excited when I got the congratulatory comment from InStyle on my Instagram photo.  It was a total surprise.

Emerald Book

Soon after, I got my prize in the mail!  Each week had a different prize.  The prize for green week was the book, Emerald, by Thames & Hudson.  It is a book about, you guessed it, emeralds.  It goes well with my collection of coffee table books, and is a good conversation piece.  Thanks InStyle!

Polish Used:
  • Icing - Marine Blue
  • Orly - Luxe
  • Sinful Colors - Bombshell
Other Supplies:
  • Bundle Monster nail plate BM-410
  • Gold nail tape
  • Base and top coats
This is a very simple mani, perfect for any nail art beginner.  Here's how to create the look:
  1. Apply the base color.  I'm using Marine Blue.  I thought the nail stamp image looked like fish bones, so I picked ocean colors.
  2. Stamp the index finger using the nail plate and Luxe.
  3. Apply two strips of gold nail tape to the middle finger in a diagonal "X" pattern.
  4. Apply one coat of Bombshell to the ring finger.  The polish has teal/aqua micro glitter, mixed with larger rainbow glitter.

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