Mix up your favorite pretty pink manicure with funky green stripes. Get the how-to from our friend and Illamasqua ambassador, Fleury Rose.
To get the look, Fleury used three nail varnishes from Illamasqua: a shimmering baby pink, Pink Raindrops, as the base color, and two shades of green, Nomad and Smash, for the stripes. To do this manicure at home, you're also going to need a bottle of top coat, and a striping brush, which can be found at any arts and crafts store.
To get started, you're going to shape and buff your nails, as well as clearing off any residual polish, and add a base coat. Next, you're going to apply two coats of Pink Raindrops, and then give your nails 10 minutes to dry.
Next, you're going to take Smash, the darker green polish, and use your striping brush to begin making stripes on your index and ring fingers.
Start the striping brush at the cuticle and draw the line up to the tip of your nail. It's best to make your first stripe at the center of the nail, in order to avoid getting paint on the skin.
To give the stripes an organic feel, alternate between full lines and ones that don't quite meet in the middle. Fleury recommends looking at a picture of a leaf for inspiration while you're doing your nails to provide yourself with a real-life visual reference.
Next, clean off your striping brush with acetone and outline your initial stripes with Nomad, the lighter green shade. Be sure to keep whatever side of the first stripe your highlighting stripes appears on consistent for a uniform look.
Let the polish dry for 10 minutes, and then finish your manicure off with some top coat. Enjoy this subtle color with a splash a nature-inspired flair!