4 Steps to Easy, DIY Nail Art

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If you're sick of wearing plain ol' nail lacquer, try layering it on. It's the easiest way to create decorative nails, and a thrifty way to embrace the animal print trend — no art school diploma required.

Here's how to get the look:

1. Start with two thin layers of Summer Peach by American Apparel. The colors are surprisingly rich and long-lasting.

2. Next, make thick, tiny dots with SpaRitual's Chocolate Oasis (We swear the brand's polishes can last for weeks!) so that when you apply the next layer, the spots will smear.

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3. Follow with OPI Black Shatter polish (found in the March issue of MC!), creating a unique crackled effect on every single nail.

4. After your nails dry, slick on a layer of Some Enchanted Evening by Deborah Lippmann to make nails slightly girlier. Most importantly, top it all off with a thin layer of Rimmel London's Top Coat/Base Coat Pro, which will give nails at least 10 days until the chipping becomes unsightly.

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