Pastel Geometric Nail Art

Thursday, May 14, 2015
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I don't opt for pastel shades on the regular. I tend to favor bright colors, especially on my nails. It's not that I don't like softer hues, it's just that I'm more drawn to polishes with more pop. That said, I have been loving this mani! Leaving some of my nail bare and incorporating some geometric shapes gives these feminine colors a bit of edge.

To create this design, I used only the brushes housed in the nail polish caps. Aside from one nail striping polish (that comes with a skinny brush), no special equipment is required. This is pared down, simple nail art that looks more like, well, art.

Pastel Geometric Nail Art

For this tutorial, you will need:
base coat (I used Essie Ridge-Filling Base Coat)
sheer pink polish (I used OPI Soft Shades Nail Lacquer in Heart Throb)
pastel orange polish (I used Revlon ColorStay Long Wear Nail Enamel in Sorbet)
pastel pink nail striping polish (I used Color Club Nail Art Lacquer in Lilac)
top coat (I used Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)
orangewood stick
cotton balls or pads
nail polish remover

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1. Apply a base coat to all nails.

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2. Add random swatches of sheer pink polish.

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3. Do the same with your pastel orange polish. Now let this dry a little bit. It doesn't have to be completely cured but it shouldn't be wet, either. Tacky is fine.

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pastel-geometric-nail-art (6 of 9)4. Use a pale pink striping nail polish to draw random geometric shapes. Keep it simple or it will start to look messy real fast.

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5. Clean up and polish slips with a cotton-wrapped orangewood stick dipped in nail polish remover.pastel-geometric-nail-art (5 of 9)

6. Finish with top coat.

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