Just when you thought cool nail art was best left to the pros, Marie Claire asked the world's top experts to create exclusive looks you can do at home (really).More
The Look: This fierce, tribal-inspired design is the handiwork of New York City–based artist Tong, who showcases her work behind the scenes at photo shoots and fashion shows on her Tumblr (jessicatongnailart.tumblr.com).
How-To: Apply two coats of (1). Let dry. Paint a V-shape on the tip of each nail using (2), and allow to dry. Lay down an inverted V-stripe of (3) on each nail where the two base shades intersect, and allow to dry. Finish by using (4) to outline the white stripe and draw a zigzag through it, then fill in half the zigzag with tiny stripes.
1. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Erda, $13. 2. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Bejeweled, $15. 3. BUTTER LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, $15. 4. SALLY HANSEN Nail Art Pen in Black, $7.
The Look: The elaborate artwork this Los Angeles–based nail artist posts on her Tumblr (britneytokyo.tumblr.com) is often hard to replicate, but this matte, denim- inspired design is surprisingly easy for a nail-art novice.
How-To: Apply two coats of (1). Dip a sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator in (2), then lightly dab the color onto your nail a few times to create the stonewashed pattern. Repeat the technique using a clean applicator dipped in (3). Finish with a coat of (4).
1. ORLY Nail Lacquer in Snowcone, $9. 2. DIOR Vernis Nail Lacquer in Electric Blue, $24. 3. LAKUR BY LONDONTOWN Polish in Chelsea Porcelain, $22. 4. OPI Matte Top Coat, $9.