Give Yourself A Pop Art Manicure In 7 Easy Steps

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I never thought this would happen, but the nail art trends at Toronto Fashion Week spoke to me in a very deep and personal way. Specifically, the pop art-inspired manicure at Hayley Elsaesser's spring 2015 runway show.

Lead Essie Canada nail artist Rita Remark is the genius behind the mis-matched manicure, which features both negative space and graphic designs. When DaMonica included it in a recent Beauty Roundup I just knew I had to try my hand at it.  

bright nail polish

L-R: Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Stiletto Red, American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Butter and Coney Island, Essie All in One base + top coat, and Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens in Red, Green, Blue and Black.

Supplies

  • Top and base coat
  • Nail art pens in red, green, blue, and black
  • Nail polish in red, green, pastel pink, and pastel yellow
  • A French tip stencil or striping tape.

STEP 1: Prep nails and apply a base coat.

painting nails clear

STEP 2: Paint one to two coats of red polish on the left index finger and green polish on the right middle finger.

nails painted red

STEP 3: Outline a paint drip design on the tip of the left middle finger and left pinky and right pinky and thumbnails. Color in and leave to dry.

paint dripped nail art

I used Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Pens but this can be substituted with a fine art brush.

On the left hand, use blue nail polish for the pinky and green for the middle finger. While on the right hand, use black polish for the thumb and red for the pinky.

STEP 4: Paint remaining nails.

multicolored manicure

Here I used American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Butter and Coney Island.

Apply one to two coats of pastel pink to both ring fingers and pastel yellow to the left thumb and right index finger.

STEP 5: Create different graphic shapes on the separate nails featured in step four.

paint dripped nail art

Here I used American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Butter and Coney Island

On the left ring finger, paint an outline in blue near the tip and center of the nail. Fill in and leave to dry. Then create another outline around the shape using black polish.

Repeat on the right index finger (this time swapping out black for red). And lastly, use green polish for the shape on the left thumb and omit a second outline.

STEP 6: Add striping tape or a stencil close to the cuticle on the right ring finger. Paint the tip in pastel yellow. Wait to dry and remove stencil.

striping tape applied to nails

Step 7: Clean up the cuticles and seal nails with a top coat.

colorful nail art

Challenge complete.

And there you have it, pop art nails that really make a statement.

I know this may appear convoluted and intense, but it was surprisingly easy. Just load up a few Friday Night Lights on Netflix and take it one nail at a time. Make sure to also have someone hand-feed you Chicago Mix while your nails are drying.

  • What other nail trends make you want to step out of your comfort zone?
  • What were some of your favorite nail art looks from Fashion Week, Toronto or elsewhere?