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How to Create Our Less + More Electric Symmetric Nail Art!

How to Create Our Less + More Electric Symmetric Nail Art!

07.01.13

By Elma

Jessica Washick of U Don’t Need a Man, U Need a Manicure shows you how to recreate this Antonio Berardi-inspired nail art design.

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 July/August 2013 issue, we tasked Jessica Washick, the amazing talent behind uneedamanicure.tumblr.com, with creating both subtle and all-out nail art designs based on this “Electric Symmetric” white-hot, beaded Antonio Berardi dress from the spring 2013 runway. Follow these step-by-steps for the “Minimal” design! —Karie L. Frost

WHAT YOU NEED: 

+ Opaque white nail polish
+ Metallic teal nail polish
+ Base coat
+ Top Coat
+ Brush-on glue
+ GUM orthodontics wax
+ A pencil or long skinny tool (for picking up jewels)
+ Assorted rhinestones in different shades of blue

  • Step 1

    Shape nails, creating a round oval edge. Polish nails with two coats of white (Washick used Essie Blanc).

    SLIDE 1 OF 6
  • Step 2

    Create a very fine French tip, which Washick calls a “baby tip,” using teal polish. (Washick painted with Superstar Nail Lacquer Teterboro Teal).

    SLIDE 2 OF 6
  • Step 3

    Using the same teal polish, paint a half-moon at the cuticle area. Wait a minute or two, and then top coat the entire nail.

    SLIDE 3 OF 6
  • Step 4

    Swipe brush-on glue over the entire half-moon. Using a pencil or tool of your choice with orthodontic wax on the end (Washick prefers using GUM wax), pick up a large rhinestone that you will use as the guide for your design. Adhere it to the apex of the half-moon, right at the center, but along the edge.

    SLIDE 4 OF 6
  • Step 5

    Grab two small rhinestones, and place them below the large rhinestone.

    SLIDE 5 OF 6
  • Step 6

    From there, you can easily create your symmetrical design on each side of your “anchor” stones. If you need to reapply brush-on glue, do so carefully, being mindful not to get any on top of the rhinestones you’ve already adhered. Allow the glue to dry. “Skip the top coat—especially over the jewels because you don’t want the stones to lose their sparkle,” Washick says.

    SLIDE 6 OF 6
  • Step 1

    Shape nails, creating a round oval edge. Polish nails with two coats of white (Washick used Essie Blanc).

  • Step 2

    Create a very fine French tip, which Washick calls a “baby tip,” using teal polish. (Washick painted with Superstar Nail Lacquer Teterboro Teal).

  • Step 3

    Using the same teal polish, paint a half-moon at the cuticle area. Wait a minute or two, and then top coat the entire nail.

  • Step 4

    Swipe brush-on glue over the entire half-moon. Using a pencil or tool of your choice with orthodontic wax on the end (Washick prefers using GUM wax), pick up a large rhinestone that you will use as the guide for your design. Adhere it to the apex of the half-moon, right at the center, but along the edge.

  • Step 5

    Grab two small rhinestones, and place them below the large rhinestone.

  • Step 6

    From there, you can easily create your symmetrical design on each side of your “anchor” stones. If you need to reapply brush-on glue, do so carefully, being mindful not to get any on top of the rhinestones you’ve already adhered. Allow the glue to dry. “Skip the top coat—especially over the jewels because you don’t want the stones to lose their sparkle,” Washick says.

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