Holiday Nail How-To: Holly Nails

The holidays are coming to a close, which means it’s your last chance to flaunt some festive tips (well, until New Year’s Eve, that is). Spruce up your nails this holiday with this easy holly how-to. Just follow the steps below.

Holly Manicure for ChristmasPhoto courtesy of nailside

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December 23, 2013

Mani Monday: A Father’s Day Manicure

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This Father’s Day, show Dad (and every father figure you know) how much you care with this DIY tie manicure. Just follow the simple steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • White and blue nail polish (I used Sally Hansen’s “White On” and O.P.I’s “What’s with the Cattitude”)
  • Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pens (in any bright colors)
  • Toothpicks
  • Metallic nail polish (in gold or silver)
  • Clear top coat

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of polish, alternating between white and blue on each nail. Let nails dry completely.
  2. Using a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, draw a small upside-down triangle at the top of the nail.
  3. Using the same pen, draw a diamond shape starting at the bottom point of the triangle to create the “tie.”
  4. Do this for each nail, using different Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens for each.
  5. Dip a toothpick into the colored polish and draw either dots or stripes onto the “tie.”
  6. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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June 10, 2013

Rue Road Test: Nail Art Pens

I haven’t quite settled on a costume idea for Halloween yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit. Like every other girl in her mid 20s, I’ve been scoping out the scary-good nail artwork on Pinterest on a daily basis. The only downside? It makes everything look so easy! Sure, a mural depicting the resurrection of Frankenstein would be awesome painted on my thumbnail, but seeing how I’m no artist extraordinaire, I decided to keep it simple with basic designs like skulls, spiders, and cobwebs.

Using a few base nail polish colors, two nail art pens, and some tiny crystal stones, I tried my hand at some of my own digit decorations, and I have to say – the art pens worked like a charm. I’ve dabbled in delicate nail work before, using regular nail polish and toothpicks, but I’ve never been able to do such fine details successfully. Here’s how I achieved this spooky look:

Cobweb Nails

1. Begin by painting your nails the base color of your choice. I went with a neon purple to stand out against the black web.

2. When your base is dry, use the art pen to draw lines radiating out from a single point on your cuticle toward the tip of your nail.

3. Next, connect these lines with two or so perpendicular lines to form the “web” between them.

4. When your webs have dried, paint a clear nail polish coat on top.

5. While the clear polish is still wet, carefully apply the black crystals to the “web” with tweezers to look like little spiders (don’t use too many or you’ll hide the web design).

That’s it – piece of cake! The real problem was keeping my hand out of the candy corn dish for long enough to let my nails dry.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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