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5 Ways to Do Grown-Up Nail Art

5 Ways to Do Grown-Up Nail Art

09.10.14

By semick

While glitter and tiny cartoon drawings are fun, sometimes a girl’s gotta have a more professional look. But don’t think you have to sacrifice designs altogether to have a mature mani. Check out several ideas in our gallery below!


Image above: Katie Jane Hughes for Butter London

  • This formal tuxedo design by Katie Jane Hughes used a base coat of Butter London Chimney Sweep. Tape off triangles with striping tape and polish moons with Butter London Snog, then finish with a dot of Butter London Billy No Mates in the center.

    Image: Katie Jane Hughes for Butter London

  • This simple nude and white grid is an easy way to cover the entire nail in a pattern without being too flashy. Danielle Candido created this look by applying thin mesh material to nails and sealing it with Morgan Taylor Make It Last Top Coat.

    Image: Morgan Taylor Lacquer

  • LONDONTOWN’s Lakur polish line was used for a new take on the classic French. To get the look, manicurists used a nude base using Lakur Teatime and a pointed tip created with the oxblood Guarded Jewel. For a twist, an accent nail was done using the black Chim Cher-ee for the tip rather than red.

    Image: LONDONTOWN

  • Sometimes all you need is a striping brush. Miss Pop painted every other nail either black or white and added details later in the opposite color with a striper!

    Image: Miss Pop via Instagram @misspopnails

  • Miss Pop gave a sweet pop of color to an otherwise neutral nail for Refinery 29. To get the style, begin with a nude nail. Tape off a triangle towards the cuticle with striping tape. Paint three lines of blue across a makeup sponge and sponge onto the triangle of the nail.

    Image: Eric Helgas for Refinery 29

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