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Julie Kandalec Shares How To Create This “Pigments for Pyros” Nail Art

Julie Kandalec Shares How To Create This “Pigments for Pyros” Nail Art

07.21.15

By semick

The summer’s in full swing, and the best way to pay homage to sunnier days is by painting your nails in the season’s hottest neon lacquers. But don’t just wear one color; create designs bolstered by several electro hues! If you want to take your brightest designs above and beyond the norm, take a cue from celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. She created the nervy nail art for Nail It!’s July/August 2015 cover and for our neon trend story, “Age of Embrightenment,” on page 46. If you’re craving this insider’s intel on how she created some of these designs, you’re in luck! We’ve got the lowdown for a few of her boldest looks, ending with this “Pigments for Pyros” tribal design.

(Check out Kandalec’s how-to on her “Turned Up” and “More is More” neon designs, and keep an eye out for her guide to shopping nails in Japan and her top neon tips!)

 

Pigments-for-Pyros-How-To-1Check out the July/August 2015 issue to see all of the nail designs up close!

 

What You’ll Need:

• White polish
• Black polish
• Neon purple polish
• Neon turquoise polish
• Striping brush
• Striping tape
• Top coat

  • Step 1

    Paint the nail with two coats of white polish. Allow them to dry. Using a striping brush and neon purple and turquoise polishes, draw a chevron in purple near the tip and a chevron in turquoise near the cuticle.

    SLIDE 1 OF 5
  • Step 2

    Fill in the cuticle area with neon turquoise polish and the nail tip with neon purple polish. Allow both to dry thoroughly.

    SLIDE 2 OF 5
  • Step 3

    Place striping tape over the edge of each colored section. Make sure the tape covers the color, not the white area. Tip! The tape will act as a mask for your detail painting.

    SLIDE 3 OF 5
  • Step 4

    Use a striping brush dipped in black polish to paint two horizontal stripes, one thicker than the other, near the purple area. Paint another horizontal stripe near the cuticle area. Create scallops along the bottom edge of the stripe using black polish.

    SLIDE 4 OF 5
  • Step 5

    Add a black triangle in the white area near the tip of the nail. Using a striping brush and black polish, paint a zigzag of lines below the middle, thicker line. Using a dotting tool and black polish, add dots at the points of the zigzag. Remove the striping tape. Finish the design with a layer of top coat. Tip! Be sure to “float” your top coat over the design so as not to smear the black details.

    Photos: Christine Blackburne

    SLIDE 5 OF 5
  • Step 1

    Paint the nail with two coats of white polish. Allow them to dry. Using a striping brush and neon purple and turquoise polishes, draw a chevron in purple near the tip and a chevron in turquoise near the cuticle.

  • Step 2

    Fill in the cuticle area with neon turquoise polish and the nail tip with neon purple polish. Allow both to dry thoroughly.

  • Step 3

    Place striping tape over the edge of each colored section. Make sure the tape covers the color, not the white area. Tip! The tape will act as a mask for your detail painting.

  • Step 4

    Use a striping brush dipped in black polish to paint two horizontal stripes, one thicker than the other, near the purple area. Paint another horizontal stripe near the cuticle area. Create scallops along the bottom edge of the stripe using black polish.

  • Step 5

    Add a black triangle in the white area near the tip of the nail. Using a striping brush and black polish, paint a zigzag of lines below the middle, thicker line. Using a dotting tool and black polish, add dots at the points of the zigzag. Remove the striping tape. Finish the design with a layer of top coat. Tip! Be sure to “float” your top coat over the design so as not to smear the black details.

    Photos: Christine Blackburne

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