Nail artist Nina Park shows you how to recreate these Valentino-inspired nail art designs.
No matter if you like a little bit of nail art or a lot, we have you covered with our “Less + More” column in every issue of Nail It!. For the November/December 2014 issue, we tasked Boston-based nail artist Nina Park (@ninanailedit) with creating both subtle and all-out nail art designs based on this “Mod Dots” Valentino shift from the fall 2014 runway. Follow these step-by-steps for both designs!
“Mod Dots” Minimal Look How-To
Step 1: Apply two coats of Cult Cosmetics El Porto. Allow them to dry completely.
Step 2: Apply Scotch tape diagonally on the nail, leaving the right 1/3 of the nail free. The tape will act as a mask. Paint the right side of the nail using Cult Cosmetics Avalon. Allow it to dry.
Step 3: Paint the right edge of the nail using Orly Liquid Vinyl. Tip: If needed, use tape to allow for a perfect straight edge.
Step 4: With a medium dotting tool and Cult Cosmetics El Porto, create four large circles on top of the black section. (Note: Park applied four pre-cut white glitter circles instead of painting.)
Step 5: Using a medium dotting tool, use Cult Cosmetics Laguna to paint over the white circles.
Step 6: Along the left side of the nail, paint large scalloped edges using Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black. Allow them to dry.
Step 7: Top the entire design with Seche Vite to lock it in.
Step 8: Once dry, paint one coat of Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat over the entire nail.
“Mod Dots” Maximal Look How-To
Step 1: Apply two coats of white Cult Cosmetics El Porto. Allow them to dry completely.
Step 2: Apply Scotch tape on the nail, leaving the right 1/3 of the nail free. The tape will act as a mask. Paint the right side of the nail using black Orly Liquid Vinyl. Remove the tape and allow it to dry.
Step 3: Use tape to block off a wide triangle on the left 1/3 of the nail. Fill in the triangle using light coral Cult Cosmetics Avalon. Remove the tape and allow it to dry.
Step 5: Using Orly Instant Artist in Crisp White, paint a large scalloped edge over the black vertical bar. Tip: Leave some space on the bar so that the black shows through.
Step 6: Using bright coral Cult Cosmetics Laguna, paint a vertical stripe along the left edge of the nail. Be sure to contain the stripe within the coral triangle.
Step 7: Paint two diagonal black lines on top of the bright coral vertical bar using Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black. These will help form your black scalloped triangle.
Step 8:Continue using Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black to paint scalloped edges that will form the bottom of your black triangle. Fill in the triangle with black.
Step 9: Use a dotting tool to create white dots on top of the bright coral bar.
Step 10: Top the entire design with Seche Vite to lock it in.
Step 11: Once dry, paint one coat of Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat over the entire nail. —Karie L. Frost
Image credits: Andreea Angelescu; nails: Christine Blackburne