The Super-Easy Pastel Geometric Nail Art I Came Up With On The Fly

There's no right or wrong way to do this, considering I improvised the whole thing while watching '90s cartoons.
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There's no right or wrong way to do this, considering I improvised the whole thing while watching '90s cartoons.

The other night, I was sitting on my sofa drinking a pamplemousse La Croix and staring dully into the abyss of my life, shoveling piles of hummus-smeared pretzel crisps into my mouth, when I thought, “I should paint some cool stuff on my nails.”

I was watching Angry Beavers on YouTube and having a grand time with dear Lucy Cat when I decided to paint a bunch of random lines, dots and shapes on my nails with all my favorite pastel, spring-ish polishes.

It’s abstract, geometric, and fun. What’s not to love?

It’s abstract, geometric, and fun. What’s not to love?

I started with a base of white, specifically Essie “Blanc.” Then I used a couple of different polishes to draw lines, dots and other shapes on top.


Here are the polishes I used:

· E.L.F. Light Pink, which is hard to see in the photos but it does exactly what it says. 

· Essie's Play Date a really fun lilac color I showed y’all in my lavender article.

· L'Oreal's Not a Cloud in Sight, a vibrant sky-blue shade.

· L'Oreal's Tweet Me, a yellow that requires a bit of layering to show up, but is a pretty, baby-chicken shade of yellow with one of my least favorite nail polish names of all time. (P.S. Tweet me!)

·Color Club's London Calling, a cute, minty-lime green created exclusively for BirchBox.

On some nails, I drew basic stripes. On others, I did diagonal or criss-crossing lines, or polka dots of various sizes. My favorite is probably my left thumb, with this cute scalloped pattern along the bottom of the nail.

Thumbs up!

Thumbs up!

I used a Pilot Precise V5 pen to outline certain lines and draw in tinier dots. These are literally the only pens I can work with in any way. I’m pickier about pens than anything, and this pen is the best. Extra-fine tip, please. 

I like the lines a bit wobbly, but you can use a business card or some tape to get a straight line. I’ve been watching a lot of '90s cartoons and my brain feels wiggly. 

I waited a LONG time for the pen ink to dry. Like, three or four episodes of The Office long. (But I mean, how was I not gonna watch both parts of the two-part Jim and Pam wedding? Honestly.)


I went over everything with NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat. I’m actually not crazy about the way the matte looks on top, but I couldn’t find my other top coat and I’m weirdly convinced that this matte coat keeps the polish from chipping more than any other top coat I’ve tried. I took these photos three days after doing my nails.

I really like the way the whole thing turned out. Maybe I’ll start doing my nails more often.


So, what’s your favorite cartoon? Oh, and show me your nails too!