Just Add Water: Nautical Manicure

Swimsuit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Nautical mani? Check! Nail Designer, Lisa shares her labor-day must have. Now all you’ll need is a yacht…

Supplies:
  • Orange Wood Stick
  • Yellow Block Buffer
  • Nail File
  • Aveda’s Beautifying Composition
  • Aveda’s Cuticle Control
  • Cotton Rounds
  • Nail Polish Remover – I use Zoya’s “Remove +” (it nourishes your nails as you use it!)
  • Base & Top Coat – Zoya’s “Anchor” & “Armor” are a must use!

Nail Polish Color; for this design I used:
*Alpine Snow
*OPI’s Eurso Euro
*Suzi Has a Swede Tooth
Prep time: 5-10 min
Polish time: 15  min
Art design: 20-25 min
Drying time: 20-30 min
Step 1: File nails with your nail file. When finished, apply a cuticle control product to your cuticles. Let sit on for 5 minutes, then rinse off. Push back cuticles with an orange stick.
Step 2:  Buff nails with your yellow block buffer as this will allow for a smooth surface.
Step 3: Prep nails for polish with nail polish remover. This step is really important! Any oil or lotion that is on your nail won’t allow the polish to adhere and dry properly. Next, apply a thin base coat.
Choose your base coat colors and paint nails accordingly.

 Step 4: Start your nail design by painting horizontal lines with your pink paint or polish. I made my lines thin and would paint each of the sides first, meeting in the middle to connect them. I was able to fit 6 lines on each of my finger nails. Let dry for about 2-3 min.

Anchor: Start with a vertical line down the center of your nail, leaving some room at the top & bottom. Paint a curve at the bottom to form the bottom of the anchor. Add some small lines in a v-shape to create the hook at the ends. At the top of the anchor, make a small “O” shape and then finish off the look by painting a small horizontal line slightly below your “O.”

Helm: In the corner of your nail, create a thick curvature from the top center of your nail to the bottom of the side. Start by making the outline and then fill it in after you have your desired shape. Make a small circle shape in the very corner of your nail.  Let stand for 2-3 min. Next, paint three lines going away from the corner. One these have dried for a minute or so, add dots to the ends of the lines and some small oval-like shapes inside the half circle to add some dimension to the look.

Step 5: Once your art has set for about 5 minutes, apply a thin top coat. Make sure to cap the edges of your nails to seal everything in, too! This step helps your polish application to last a lot longer.
If you did use the Zoya system, Finish with Zoya’s drying drops to help speed up drying time. Give nail polish about 30 minutes to fully dry, though Zoya sets in about 10 minutes.
For more DIY nail inspiration follow Lisa on social media.
*Instagram & Twitter @lisaanaildesign
*Facebook “Lisa Nail Design at Neroli”.

This blog was written by Neroli Downtown Nail DesignerLisa. To schedule a manicure or pedicure service with Lisa, call 414.227.2888.

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