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

Mani Monday: Sunglasses Nails

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Aviators, cat-eye, or classic square – nothing says summer like a pair of shades. Keep your nails cool in the sun, too, by painting this beachy staple on your tips.

What You’ll Need:

  • White nail polish
  • Five colored nail polishes
  • Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen, in black
  • Scrap paper
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Clear top coat

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of white nail polish and let dry.
  2. Using the black nail pen, draw two closed U-shapes side by side on each nail to create the lenses.
  3. Draw two thin lines at the corner of each “lens” for the arms of the sunglasses.
  4. Drip a few dots of the first colored polish on the scrap paper.
  5. Dip the tip of the pencil into the polish and carefully fill in the “lenses” with it.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the remaining polishes.
  7. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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June 3, 2013

Mani Monday: Boston Skyline Nails

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This manicure is a fun tribute to a beautiful and strong city: Boston. Whichever city you live in, follow the steps below to create your own skyline.

What You’ll Need:

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of white nail polish and let dry.
  2. Using the black nail art pen, draw the outline of buildings using vertical and horizontal rectangles, starting at the center of the nail. Do this for every nail except the thumbs.
  3. Draw scattered squares inside the “buildings” for the windows.
  4. Fill in the “buildings” (careful not to color in the “windows”).
  5. On the thumbs, write “I” and “Boston” (or your city of choice) using the black nail pen.
  6. With the red nail pen, draw a small heart in between the two words. Let dry.
  7. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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May 27, 2013

Mani Monday: Tie-Dyed Nails

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Photo courtesy of Maggie Pageau.

Lisa Frank has some competition with these 90s-inspired nails. To tie-dye your tips, just follow the five simple steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • White nail polish
  • Thin paintbrush
  • 4 – 5 bright nail colors
  • Paper towels
  • Nail polish remover
  • Clear top coat
  • Tie-dye inspiration

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of white polish and let dry completely.
  2. With the first bright nail color, use the paintbrush to make little circles in a swirl from the center of the nail to the edge (as shown above).
  3. Dip the paintbrush in nail polish remover and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Repeat steps two and three with each of the different nail colors until you’re happy with the design.
  5. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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May 20, 2013

Mani Monday: An Umbrella Manicure

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When rainy days hit, brighten things up with this fun (and easy) DIY umbrella manicure. Follow the steps below to create your own.

What You’ll Need:

 
The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the grey polish and let dry completely.
  2. Below the tip of the nail, use the black nail pen to make the umbrella – draw multiple “W” shapes from left to right, then fill it in.
  3. Continuing with the black nail pen, draw a backwards “J” for the handle.
  4. Place a dot of blue nail polish on a piece of scrap paper.
  5. Dip the tip of the mechanical pencil into the polish and sporadically place dots on the nail to create the look of rain drops.
  6. Finish with a clear top coat.

 
By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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May 13, 2013

Mani Monday: Sneaker Nails

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Spring is upon us and we can’t let our feet have all the fun. Dazzle your tips with this DIY sneaker manicure – just follow the steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored nail polish (I used SEPHORA by OPI’s “Metro Chic”)
  • Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen, in both white and black
  • Clear top coat

 

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the colored polish and let dry completely.
  2. Using the white nail pen, paint the tips of the nails (like a thick French manicure).
  3. Make the lace holes by placing eight dots on each nail with the black nail pen.
  4. Line the nail tips with the black nail pen to create the look of a Converse sneaker.
  5. With the white pen, connect the dots with diagonal lines to make the laces.
  6. Finish with a clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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May 6, 2013

Mani Monday: A Cloud Manicure

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Stuck in an office and can’t always get outside for some fresh air?  Well, this cloud manicure is the perfect substitution for all you 9-to-5ers.

What You’ll Need:

  • Three nail polishes (any colors will do)
  • Clear top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the polish you would like for the base, and let dry completely.
  2. Using the second color, start on the right side of the nail and make a straight stroke from the center to the tip. To make the cloud shape, allow the polish to drip and form rounded edges at the start of the stroke.
  3. Once dry, repeat step 2 with the next nail color, leaving enough room to see the second color.
  4. Repeat step 2 a couple more times as you move to the left side of your nail. Make each stroke shorter than the one before.
  5. Finish by applying the clear top coat.
  6. Let the daydreaming commence.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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April 29, 2013

Mani Monday: Leopard Print Nails

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A big trend for spring? Leopard print nails. I particularly love Lindsay Lohan’s fun spin on the typical leopard manicure, so I decided to create a bright version of my own. Check out the DIY steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • White nail polish
  • 4 – 5 colorful nail polishes
  • Scrap paper
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen in black
  • Clear top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the white polish and let dry.
  2. Place a dot of colorful polish on a piece of scrap paper.
  3. Dip the tip of the mechanical pencil into the polish and place a dot on each nail.
  4. Repeat steps 2 – 3 for each polish color.
  5. Once the colored polish is dry, use the black Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen and outline the sides of the colored dots. These outlines don’t have to be perfect (or, should we say, spot-on – sorry, had to). Also add some black spots to any empty white nail space.
  6. Apply a clear top coat to finish.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2013

Mani Monday: Tuxedo Nails

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With wedding season right around the corner, what better way to say “I do” to your date than with these DIY tuxedo nails? Even Zooey Deschanel got in on the fun when she put her tips in formal wear for the 2011 Golden Globes.

What You’ll Need:

  • White nail polish
  • Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen in black
  • Clear top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of white polish and let dry completely.
  2. Using the black nail pen, paint the tips of the nails (like a French manicure).
  3. To create the bow tie, use the black nail pen to draw two sideways triangles (with the points facing toward one another) just below the cuticle.
  4. Apply a small dot between the triangles to finish the bow tie.
  5. Place three dots below the bow tie for the buttons.
  6. Finish with a clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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April 15, 2013

Mani Monday: Talon Nails

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To achieve on-trend pointy nails – as seen on Lady Gaga and Rihanna – without actually getting the clippers out, check out the DIY illusion manicure below (it also makes for a great April Fools’ trick).

What You’ll Need:

  • Two nail colors – one neutral, one bright (I used Sally Hansen’s “Nude Now” and OPI’s “Dutch Tulips”)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the neutral color.
  2. Apply a clear top coat and let dry completely.
  3. Cut semi-thin pieces of tape and place two strips on each nail, forming an open triangle.
  4. Using the bright polish, paint the inside of the triangle and let dry completely.
  5. Gently peel the tape off the right side, followed by the left. Doing this will help prevent smudging.
  6. Finish with another application of the clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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April 1, 2013