Put A Bow On It... And By 'It' I Mean Your Fingernail

My motto: She who curseth nail art needeth to lighten up.
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My motto: She who curseth nail art needeth to lighten up.

If someone walked up to me on the street and asked me to pigeon-hole my style sense, I'd probably say something like, "It's 'grown up' with a quirky twist." Many of my garments are basics that I then dress up or down with splashy accessories. Sometimes I'll throw on the occasional zany print or get a little girly with my makeup choices. 

Really--and I'm sure this is the case for most people--how I style myself ultimately depends on my mood.

One area that I consistently have the most fun with is my nails (in case you didn't figure that out from all my previous manicure posts). I love peculiar colors and blinding glitter and coo-worthy designs. My motto: She who curseth nail art needeth to lighten up (I just made that up).

Here's the design we're creating.

Anyway, a girly design I often revisit is a simple but adorable bow. And today, I'm showing you how to paint one--or five--on your own fingernails.

You'll need a base color, a bow color and then a darker color to outline your bow. In addition, grab a dotting tool and nail art brush.

You'll need a base color, a bow color and then a darker color to outline your bow. In addition, grab a dotting tool and nail art brush.

After your base coat, apply a few coats of your base color. I'm using Lush Lacquer's "Lost My Marbles," a creamy pink with neon matte glitter flecks.

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My nails are going through a really rough patch right now since I neglected my normal routine while on holiday. Please forgive!

On to the design!

Next, create two large dots with one smaller dot in the middle with a dotting tool.

Create two large dots with one smaller dot in the middle with a dotting tool.

Your three dots should all touch each other. You can use two different sized dotting tools, or simply apply less pressure when creating your middle dot so the color doesn't spread out as much. 

I'm using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in "White On."

Using a tiny nail art brush, outline the middle circle with a dark color. Next, outline the two exterior circles.

Using a tiny nail art brush, outline the middle circle with a dark color. Next, outline the two exterior circles.

For a more realistic bow, add two "wrinkles" on both outside circles.

For a more realistic bow, add two "wrinkles" on both outside circles.

Now, you can stop here, or you can add two little "ribbon legs." The choice is yours.

With your nail art brush, draw two lines fanning out and downward.

With your nail art brush, draw two lines fanning out and downward.

Outline one completely, then outline the next. It's OK if your outlining looks a little derpy. Mine does, but you can really only tell when you examine it with a macro camera lens...

Outline one completely, then outline the next. It's OK if your outlining looks a little derpy. Mine does, but you can really only tell when you examine it with a macro camera lens...

Finished!

Finished!

Not too shabby for 15 minutes of work! Let me show you two more examples from previous bow manicures I've done.

a one-uh

A one-uh...

and a two-uh

And a two-uh...

Ya dig? Tag me or xoVain on Twitter or Instagram if you try it out, or post a picture here!