Nail Art: DIY scribbled nails

Scribbled nailsThis past week was a crazy one. Hubstopher was sick, and you know how it goes when the man of the house does not feel well. We walked around on tippy toes and only spoke in whispers too each other… I mean, we couldn’t allow our foot steps and voices to influence the intensity of his man-flu!  Anyways, things are back to normal (the Lord only gives you what you can handle and all that) and I could finally remove the polish from my nails on Sunday night after staring at the horrible chipped mess that it was, for far too long. I hate when my nails look unkept. Anyways, I spotted really cool nail art on Juanita and Michelles blogs last week and thought I have to try it out! They’ve dubbed it “scribbled nails” and it pretty much means that the design gives the impression of doodling.

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I got my hands on 2 really pretty Essence the gel nail polishes on Monday and I couldn’t wait to try them out! The first is a really pretty pink, 35 Engaged, which has a lovely satin finish. The second is my absolute fav at the moment and is such a legit Winter color – 53 Rock My World.

To get the “scribbled nails” look simply:
1. Apply a great base coat (to keep that mani looking fresher AND to protect your nails)
2. Apply two coats of your base color. In this case, it was the pinky, Engaged.
3. Grab a plastic bag and paint a square of your top color onto it. In my case it was the grey Rock My World. Remember to make your painted square as big (or bigger) than your actual nail.
4. Wait a couple of seconds for it to thicken and then use a dotting tool (or a toothpick) to create a scribble pattern in the paint. You could literally do any kind of pattern.
5. Once dry, paint a coat of your favorite clear top coat and leave to set.
6. When it’s dry, simply peel off this “sticker” and apply to your nail!
7. Smoothen and add another layer of top coat.
8. Take a sip of tea and marvel at your genius.
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And that’s that! Truth be told, I don’t know why the heck it looks like a Zebra pattern. But oh well. Let’s embrace it. What do you think, girls? Would you try this at home?

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