If you've read any of my previous posts, you know I don't shy away from nail art. Whether subtle or wildly intricate, I'll try my hand at most any artsy manicure. But I totally understand if you don't share my enthusiasm for nails decked out in unicorns and pot leaves.
The good news is that there's always a happy medium. Nail art doesn't have to be loud and in your face. It can pretty and practical--and, yes, office-appropriate.
These three looks are easy to recreate, take minimal time and effort, and won't make you feel the least bit self conscious about flashing your mani in front of your straight-laced boss.
1. The Glitter Dip
Glitter isn't just for tweens and teens. It can be subtle and mature, like jewelry for your fingertips.
I started this manicure with a creamy beige base, Clinique Nail Enamel in Birthday Suit. Then I dabbed a bit of clear nail polish onto the tip of my nail and used a small fan brush to sprinkle on some Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitter in Beige, which has a rose-gold hue.
I couldn't stop there, though, I wanted more dimension. Once again, I dabbed on clear nail polish at the ends of my fingernails and dusted on OCC's Cosmetic Glitter in Fae, an iridescent white glitter.
The result is sparkly yet elegant, like the nail equivalent of a flirty wink.
2. The DoubleMoon
I'm a big fan of the retro half moon manicure favored by Old Hollywood starlets and modern day babes like Dita Von Teese. But I always think two is better than one, so I used two half moons on each nail. To get a shiny, clean surface, I painted my nails with clear polish. (Sidebar: I'm a big fan of negative space nail art.)
Then it was time to paint on the half moons at the base of my nails, above my cuticles. I used a very fine-tipped paint brush and black acrylic paint. Once that dried, I went in and painted the tips of my nails, following the natural curve of the whites. A coat of clear nail polish sealed the look.
3. The Minimalist Galaxy
The multi-step galaxy manicure had a moment a few years ago, and it was pretty and all, but now I want something a simpler and more graphic.
I started by coating my nails with Rimmel Lasting Finish Professional Nail Polish in Black Satin. Next I added the "stars," which are basically tiny dots applied with a fine-tipped paint brush and white acrylic paint. The trick is to vary the pressure of the brush and concentrate the dots at the tip of the nail, with just a few odd dots down by the cuticle.
Finally, I added a couple of bigger stars using a crisscross method, and I dotted on a few teeny tiny specks for detail. Clear polish to seal and voila!
Have I inspired you? Would you wear this to your office job (if you have an office job)?
Also, who is still a fan of French tips?