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How to Create Our Less + More Tropical Tribal Nail Art!

How to Create Our Less + More Tropical Tribal Nail Art!

04.29.13

By Elma

Sally Hansen nail ambassador Tracylee Percival shows you how to recreate this Mara Hoffman-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 May/June 2013 issue, we tasked Sally Hansen nail ambassador Tracylee Percival (she who created the bloody-good nail art look for the Spring 2013 Prabal Gurung runway) with creating both subtle and all-out nail art designs based on this “Tropical Tribal” Mara Hoffman summer-chic look from the spring 2013 runway. Follow these step-by-steps for the “Maximal” design!

Tropical Tribal “Maximal” How-To

  • Step 1 and 2

    Step 1: File the nail to a long almond shape. Polish it with three coats of a nude beige polish, like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond.

    Tip: Top coat the polish and allow it to dry completely overnight. Why? A layer of top coat will act as a buffer between your base coat and nail art. If you need to perfect the edges of your nail art lines using an orangewood stick and polish remover (as Percival did), the base color won’t be affected thanks to the top coat!

    Step 2: Using a striper brush and bright pink nail polish, draw a small chevron at the free edge. Then, with your striper brush, draw an inverted arrowhead using orange polish, like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Peach of Cake.

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  • Step 3

    Step 3: Using a striper brush and deep navy polish, create three blue color blocks down each side of the polish tip. Start your color blocks closest to the pink chevron, then work your way down the nail. If needed, perfect the edges of your lines with an orangewood stick and polish remover.

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  • Step 4

    Step 4: Paint a bright pink diamond under your orange arrowhead.

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  • Step 5

    Step 5: Create the “leaf” design down the middle of the nail, using orange polish for the top two rows, and hot pink for the bottom two. Start your design closest to the pink diamond, and work your way down. If needed, perfect the edges of your lines with an orangewood stick and polish remover.

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  • Step 6

    Step 6: Using your striper brush, paint three yellow color blocks down each side of the nail.

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  • Step 7

    Step 7: Add a touch of bright color with a few thin stripes of turquoise. Try: Sally Hansen Please Sea Me. Balance the design with two small stripes of yellow polish between the diamond and arrowhead. Allow the stripes to dry and then top coat.
    —Karie L. Frost

    [Image credits: Andreea Angelescu; nails: Christine Blackburne]

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  • Step 1 and 2

    Step 1: File the nail to a long almond shape. Polish it with three coats of a nude beige polish, like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond.

    Tip: Top coat the polish and allow it to dry completely overnight. Why? A layer of top coat will act as a buffer between your base coat and nail art. If you need to perfect the edges of your nail art lines using an orangewood stick and polish remover (as Percival did), the base color won’t be affected thanks to the top coat!

    Step 2: Using a striper brush and bright pink nail polish, draw a small chevron at the free edge. Then, with your striper brush, draw an inverted arrowhead using orange polish, like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Peach of Cake.

  • Step 3

    Step 3: Using a striper brush and deep navy polish, create three blue color blocks down each side of the polish tip. Start your color blocks closest to the pink chevron, then work your way down the nail. If needed, perfect the edges of your lines with an orangewood stick and polish remover.

  • Step 4

    Step 4: Paint a bright pink diamond under your orange arrowhead.

  • Step 5

    Step 5: Create the “leaf” design down the middle of the nail, using orange polish for the top two rows, and hot pink for the bottom two. Start your design closest to the pink diamond, and work your way down. If needed, perfect the edges of your lines with an orangewood stick and polish remover.

  • Step 6

    Step 6: Using your striper brush, paint three yellow color blocks down each side of the nail.

  • Step 7

    Step 7: Add a touch of bright color with a few thin stripes of turquoise. Try: Sally Hansen Please Sea Me. Balance the design with two small stripes of yellow polish between the diamond and arrowhead. Allow the stripes to dry and then top coat.
    —Karie L. Frost

    [Image credits: Andreea Angelescu; nails: Christine Blackburne]

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